Ticket allotment in coming elections will be an acid test for Andhra Pradesh’s opposition party YSRCP, which looks determined to come to power. Convincing senior leaders and dissidents doesn’t appear to be an easy task for Jagan. The latest example is the internal squabble in the party in East Goadavri district. The details are like this. YSRCP MP Y. V. Subba Reddy recently held a special meeting in Rajahmundry. He gave clarity on the candidates for the next assembly elections.
He gave green signal to Jagan’s family friend D. Chandrasekhar Reddy from Kakinada City. The fact is that Chandrasekhar Reddy was promised Anaparthy ticket and Sashidhar Kakinada City ticket when they joined the party. Shashidhar group is reminding the party leadership of this promise. They are unhappy over the latest developments. Meanwhile, there are reports that former minister and MLC P. Subhash Chandra Bose, a close aide of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, demanded that since they are a strong group among BCs, they should be given three assembly seats.
Subhash Chandra Bose is insisting on the tickets from Ramachandrapuram, Mummidivaram and Kakinada Rural for his caste. In the last elections too, these three seats were given to this caste. In this context, he did not attend the meeting called by Y. V. Subba Reddy. It is being said that Subhash Chandra Bose made it clear that if these three seats are not given he will be forced to take a tough decision about his political future. YSRCP has ignored his demand for Mummidivaram seat and has almost finalized the name of former MLA P. Satish Kumar, who belongs to fishermen community. This may trigger a conflict.
A public representative of TDP had been demanding the ticket from Pithapuram assembly constituency. Similarly there are demands to give Prathipadu ticket to leader of a social movement. From Jaggampet seat, the party coordinator had been working out to contest. He is questioning how the party leadership can give ticket to someone who recently the joined the party. In Mandapeta constituency, a leader who contested in the past is trying to get the ticket. There are speculations that the party will change its candidate in that constituency.
YSRCP leaders are planning that in case new entrants into the party are given the chance, those who contested in the past should be offered MLC seats. Political analysts say if this happens then there will be political re-alignment in Mandapeta. From Amlapuram Lok Sabha constituency, YSRCP is planning to field a retired IRS official. But a former MP is eager to contest from there. It is significant to note that YSRCP is yet to get a candidate for Rajahmundry Lok Sabha seat. The party leadership is searching for a strong candidate. There are reports that in the next elections, sitting MP Murali Mohan’s daughter-in-law Rupa Devi will contest. Keeping this in view, YSRCP is planning to field someone who can give her a tough fight. Rupa Devi is getting more support in the constituency, causing concern to YSRCP. Overall, the analysts say YSRCP is facing difficulties in East Godavari district.