Leader of Opposition in AP Assembly and president of YSR Congress Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had finally clarified that his party would not have any pre-poll alliance with any party in the next elections scheduled for 2019. Though he had earlier stated that his party would support anyone who promises special category status to the State, Jaganmohan Reddy clarified that this support would be considered only after the elections. He had categorically ruled out having any electoral arrangement with any party before the elections.
It was believed that Jaganmohan Reddy was planning to have an electoral alliance with the two Left parties initially. The party leaders believe that they missed the buss in 2014 elections only by not having the truck with the Left parties. Jaganmohan Reddy did not give a chance to the CPI and the CPM for electoral understanding in the last elections. That had cost him so dearly that he had to lose power to the Telugu Desam Party by a margin of just 5 lakh votes. Keeping this in mind, he looked towards the two Left parties for seat sharing arrangements this time. However, the two parties found themselves more comfortable in the company of Jana Sena than YSR Congress.
Interestingly, the Jana Sena too had announced that it would contest all the 175 Assembly constituencies in the State in the next election. He had given a shock to the two Left parties which were waiting to have an electoral understanding with Jana Sena. The two parties and Jana Sena had held three rounds of talks particularly on Special Category Status demand and the observers believed that they would go together in the next elections. But, Pawan Kalyan had closed the doors for the CPI and CPM, for the reasons best known to him.
Now Jaganmohan Reddy too announcing that there would be no pre-poll arrangement, things would be tough for the Left parties in the State and they would have to wait for another five years to have at least one representative for them in the State Assembly. After the bifurcation, the CPI, the CPM and the Congress were washed out and have no single MLA for these three age-old parties in the State Assembly. If they don’t align with any party in the next election, they would remain far behind in the electoral politics having no representative in the Legislature.