YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy had reiterated that there would be no pre-poll alliance with any party. He said his party would go alone contesting all the 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State. The alliance issues will be decided only after the elections and that too at the national level, he clarified.
This clarification comes amidst talks about the possible alliance between the YSR Congress and Jana Sena. Though both Jaganmohan Reddy and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan are equally disinterested in forging alliance, there are talks about the alliance between them as desired by Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and MIM leader Asaduddhin Owaisi. It is said that both the leaders are mounting pressure on both Jaganmohan Reddy and Pawan Kalyan to have alliance so that they can keep Chandrababu Naidu out of power. In fact, KCR had advised Jaganmohan Reddy not to give even a single chance for Chandrababu Naidu to win the election.
Now, ending all speculations, Jaganmohan Reddy said that he would not have tie-up with any party before the elections. However, he said his party would support any party at the Centre which ever signs the paper granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The support, if required from the YSR Congress, would be on the condition of giving special category status to the State.
Jaganmohan Reddy had been fighting for the SCS to the State from the beginning. He had organised Yuva Bheri programmes across the State to sensitise students and youth on the SCS. He held series of such meetings despite the State government imposing restrictions and filing cases against the activists. The YSR Congress was first to raise the issue in Parliament and was the first to move no confidence motion against the government on the SCS cause. The YSR Congress was first to quit Lok Sabha on the same demand with five of its MPs putting in their papers.
As the SCS had become an election issue now with Chandrababu Naidu too talking about it, Jaganmohan Reddy’s back office is getting his script ready to hit hard at the TDP chief for his U turns on the issue in the last four-and-a-half years. The YSR Congress is also preparing documentaries on the TDP’s stand and Chandrababu Naidu’s shifting sides. These documentaries would go to the people before Jagan starts speaking on the SCS and the TDP role.