There is utter confusion in YSR Congress Party. Jagan’s padyatra in north Andhra will conclude in few days but enthusiasm is lacking in the party. Elections are nearing but activity in YSRCP appears to have come to a standstill. This can be attributed to the attitude of party leadership. They hoped that Jagan will come to their areas and after seeing their problems will entrust them suitable responsibilities but belying all their hopes Jagan moved forward. Jagan’s padyatra was conducted for at least four days in each constituency. Party incharges and aspirants spent good amount of money to make Jagan padyatra a success. Despite this Jagan shocked them by not announcing any of them as the MLA candidate.
In the previous elections, YSRCP had received a huge blow in north Andhra. Out of 34 Assembly seats, the party could win just nine. In these four-and-half years the party has become stronger. Jagan padyatra further strengthened it. The party leaders believed that if MLA candidates are announced much before the elections they could go to people to further improve their prospects. With Jagan making no announcement, they have lost all hopes. This being the situation not just the newcomers but even the seniors started having doubts on getting tickets. While nobody knows what is going on in Jagan’s mind but the padyatra has left the ticket aspirants in huge disappointment.
Padyatra has intensified infighting instead of ending it. Four to five leaders are in race for each assembly seat but the leadership appears helpless. Hoping that they will get the tickets, they worked very hard before padyatra. Now with doubts on getting tickets, they have become inactive, bringing the party activities to a halt. The leaders who were upbeat during padyatra are now depressed. No matter who gets the ticket tomorrow, the remaining will definitely switch loyalties. If a newcomer is given ticket, others may join hands to work for his defeat. This is the situation of YSRCP in north Andhra.