YSR Congress Party has entered 10th year of its existence. Exactly nine years ago, after parting ways with Congress Y S Jagan launched the party to achieve the ideals of his father. YSR Congress Party was announced on March 12, 2011. There were ups and downs in these 10 years. There were many tough times and backstabbing by several leaders. However, YS Jagan continued working hard till bringing his party to power.
Jagan undertook odarpu yatra to console the families of those who died of shock following his father’s death. However, then Congress leadership stopped him from doing so. Angry over this Jagan started making efforts to form his own party. Immediately after he floated the party, some Congress MLAs decided to sail with him. He made all of them to resign, went for by-elections and scored first victory after floating the party.
However, after some time the leaders who stood by him started leaving one by one. With CBI cases registered against him, he spent 16 months in jail. Leaders like Mysura Reddy and Sabbam Hari left Jagan. Undeterred by this Jagan continued building the party. Jagan contested alone in 2014 elections. He did not agree for alliance with any party. In the first election held after the bifurcation, he did not come to power. His party emerged as the main opposition.
To keep the party alive, Jagan spent next five years on roads, doing dharnas, deekshas and padyatras. When TDP lured some of his party’s MLAs and inducted some of them in the cabinet, his party boycotted Assembly sessions. Before the elections Jagan undertook 3,000 km state-wide padyatra and single handedly brought the party to power in 2019.
With 151 MLA seats and 22 MP seats, he brought the party to power within 10 years of its existence. Thus the party is celebrating its 10th anniversary.