Jaganmohan Keeps Options Open; Naidu Sure to Win - The New Indian Express

Jaganmohan Keeps Options Open; Naidu Sure to Win

Published: 08th May 2014 07:52 AM

Last Updated: 08th May 2014 08:56 AM

Exuding confidence that the YSRC would sweep the elections in Seemandhra, its chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday kept his options open on post-poll alliances.

Speaking to reporters in Kadapa after polling in the region ended, Jagan said, “We will win all the seats in the state, including the 10 in Kadapa. Polling trends show people are supporting our party.”

The YSRC leader, who is aiming to storm the Assembly for the first time from Pulivendula, his home turf, earlier cast his vote at Bakarapuram.

Asked who would he support at the Centre, he replied, “We won’t take a hasty decision. The state was divided in the most undemocratic manner. We will support a government, which takes decisions that benefit the state. The state is important to me.”

He presented a picture of confidence and even termed the elections “one-sided”. To queries on the attack on the TDP contestant at Jammalamadugu, P Ramasubba Reddy, Jagan claimed it was Ramasubba who violated the poll code.

His sister Sharmila, meanwhile, lashed out at Jai Samaikyandhra Party leader Sabbam Hari for withdrawing from the contest at the eleventh hour in Visakhapatnam where her mother Vijayamma is in the fray.

“Former CM Kiran Reddy deceived the people under the pretext of stalling the state division. Now, Sabbam Hari is cheating the people by extending support to the BJP. How can he play with the people’s sentiments?” Sharmila said.

Jagan’s wife Bharathi claimed the YSRC would bag 150 seats.

“The TDP will be confined to single digits. It will not win even a single MP seat,” she predicted. However, a visibly elated TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu appeared confident of storming back to power.

Speaking to reporters at his residence in Hyderabad on Wednesday, the former Chief Minister said, “The TDP-BJP combine will win hands down, 100 per cent.” Pointing out that the war was between the TDP and YSRC, he said the Cong was history in Seemandhra and Jai Samaikyandhra Party was nowhere in the picture. However, he was unhappy with the authorities, particularly Governor E S L Narasimhan, for allegedly giving a free hand to the YSRC leaders and cadre to flout the poll code with impunity.

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