Within 24 hours of his release from prison, YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has immersed himself in formulating political strategies to strengthen his party in the run-up to 2014 polls.
Jagan, who has projected himself as a United Andhra champion by sitting on fast in the jail earlier, now wants to revive his party in Telangana too.
The YSRC president is also concentrating on forging electoral alliances with like-minded parties. As a part of this, he first wants to join hands with the CPM, which is also against state bifurcation. He feels such an alliance will lend further credibility to the YSRC’s Samaikyandhra stance.
A day after he was released from the Chanchalguda prison on bail, Jagan started paying attention to rejuvenating his party, which is in a slump in view of his protracted incarceration.
On Wednesday, the YSRC boss busied himself by meeting party workers and leaders who called on him at his Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad.
For the second consecutive day on Wednesday, a large number of YSRC workers thronged Jagan’s residence to greet their party supremo, who has been out after spending 485 long days in prison.
When party workers called on him, the YSRC boss received them with warmth and enquired about their well-being. He tried to boost the morale of the party cadre saying, “Now, I have come. Let’s together work for the welfare of the common man and establish the golden era of the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy in the state.”
The YSRC chief held a series of informal meetings with his party leaders to chalk out the party’s future course. In the evening, he addressed the party political affairs committee.
According to sources, during all these meetings, the young politico divulged his intent of joining hands with the CPM. Sources said Jagan would soon meet CPM state secretary BV Raghavulu to set the stage for the electoral alliance between the two parties.
Though YSRC has done a U-turn on the issue of state bifurcation after the Congress decision to accord statehood to Telangana, Jagan is not ready to forgo his party’s political future in Telangana region as he is of the opinion that the state will remain intact till 2014 polls despite the Congress high command’s efforts to bifurcate it.
He believes his party still carries clout in Telangana. He told his party leaders that a large number of people from the T-region had tried to greet him when he was proceeding home here on Tuesday after his release from prison.
According to sources, Jagan is planning to take steps to strengthen his party in the region in the coming days.
Party leader Konathala Ramakrishna on Wednesday said, “Jagan will soon tour all regions in the state, including Telangana. Our party will soon undertake agitations to pressurise the Centre to accord national status to Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation scheme.”
The YSRC president is going to hold a series of review meetings with his party leaders district-wise to rectify organisational lapses, which have occurred in the wake of his absence at the ground level.
According to Ramakrishna, Jagan would undertake agitational programmes to press for Samaikyandhra, while adhering to the bail conditions imposed by the court. Jagan could venture out of Hyderabad only if the court permits.