It took a little more than five years for Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to shift his base to the residuary state where he desires to be its chief minister. Though he had constructed his residence and the party office too in the new capital, Amaravati, area at Tadepalli and inaugurated both a couple of months ago, he is still residing in Hyderabad. His party headquarters too is operating from Hyderabad, the common capital till now. However, with May 23 counting is set for some change in the State government and the YSR Congress is confident of wresting power, Jaganmohan Reddy had asked his party to vacate the Lotus Pond premises and move to Amaravati.
On Monday evening, the party had shifted the furniture from Lotus Pond to the Tadepalli office and it is said that he would be operating from Tadepalli from May 22, a day before the counting. The party too will operate from this office for Andhra Pradesh, while Lotus Pond would continue to be the headquarters of the party for the two Telugu States.
Jaganmohan Reddy is the last leader in the residuary State to shift his base to the new capital. Similarly, the YSR Congress is the only political party in Andhra Pradesh, which had not shifted his base to the residuary state and opened its State office. The Congress, the Communists and even the Bharatiya Janata Party have opened their office in Vijayawada long time ago, perhaps immediately after the bifurcation. The ruling Telugu Desam Party, too had shifted its base to Guntur, while most of its activities are located around the chief minister’s camp office at Undavalli. Even the Jana Sena had opened its office in Vijayawada and shifted it to Mangalagiri, where the party had constructed its new office, along with the residence of the party chief Pawan Kalyan.
It is to be seen if all the YSR Congress leaders would also shift their base to the new capital along with the party office or continue to be the visiting politicians of the state.