It looked like the Opposition YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy had conquered the port city – Visakhapatnam the other day. The party had made its best to mark the entry of Jaganmohan Reddy into this city as part of his Praja Sankalpa Yatra. It was here the TDP and the BJP have defeated his mother in the last election with the two parties spreading the fears of Jagan’s factionist politics.
Four years later, when Jaganmohan Reddy entered the city, it was like he had won the city defeating the allegations of corruption and crime associated with him. The credit for the successful meeting of Jaganmohan Reddy here should go to party MP and general secretary Vijayasai Reddy who had been focusing on this city for quite some time. In fact, he had even undertaken a padayatra in the city some time ago this year and is in close contact with every leader of the party.
Having won the people, Jaganmohan Reddy had turned the tables on the TDP accusing corruption, particularly referring to the land grabbing issues of the city. He had named local ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Ch Ayyannapathrudu and others as a team of dacoits in the cabinet and this allegation went well down the lane as it is what people talk about since 2014 elections. Even Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had accused the TDP leaders of indulging in land grabbing around Visakhapatnam.
The gathering for the Jaganmohan Reddy’s public meeting at Kancharlapalem Mettu in the city keeps the party on the edge in the three north coastal districts. Having reached Visakhapatnam, Jaganmohan Reddy has just two more districts to go before he closes his historical walk started at Idupulapaya in Kadapa in October last. He might take a couple of months from now to close his marathon walk and get into the electioneering. The first move after he closes his walk is to take on the bus tour to cover the places that he could not include in the padayatra.
The success in Visakhapatnam is certainly a game changer in the State ahead of the 2019 elections. This would have positive impact on the rest of the State, particularly in the three north coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakularm with YSR Congress having an edge over the ruling Telugu Desam Party.