KADAPA: Voters of Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency will find five Jagan Mohan Reddys to choose from when they go in to vote in the byelection on May 8.
Voters of Pulivendula Assembly constituency will find three Vijayalakshmis to vote for. The appearances of these namesakes of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Y S Vijayalakshmi on ballot papers are being seen by the Jagan camp as another Congress dirty trick to confuse the voters.
Jagan won Kadapa in 2009 with a 1.79 lakh votes margin . To defeat him is important for the Congress and hence, Congress has thrown the kitchen sink into the campaign, fielding two ministers—D L Ravindra Reddy against Jagan in Kadapa, and Y S Vivekananda Reddy, YSR’s brother, against YSR’s widow Vijayalakshmi in Pulivendula.
Fully aware of Jagan’s clout, the state government has directed the police force to be monitor shady poll money.
Two major cash seizures have already been reported in Kadapa this week, with more than 20 days of the campaign still to go.
This week, a man named Akbar Mahboob Basha surfaced in Hyderabad, claiming to be the real founder of YSR Congress party, the nomenclature chosen by Jagan for his political outfit after months of deliberation Basha said Jagan’s party YSR Congress party is an abridgement of Yuvajana Sramika Rytu (YSR) Congress party while his was the real McCoy.
The interloper filed his nomination in the name of the YSR Congress. The Congress government is also luring second-rung members of Jagan’s camp with public contracts and promises of party tickets in the forthcoming panchayat and mandal elections.
Externment orders have been issued against many Jagan supporters with a law and order record. The Election Commission does not recognise the YSR scion’s party yet; Jagan and his mother have to fight as independents, which mean battling under separate election symbols.
Congress workers are allegedly spreading the word in villages and among illiterate voters that the YSR Congress symbol is actually. The Hand Jagan cronies also point to the flurry of petitions against him in the High Court demanding a probe into his huge wealth—the MP is worth Rs 446 crore according to his poll declaration— the Income Tax department has been paying special attention to his returns.
The TDP is adding its bit, demanding a probe into the revelations by money-laundering accused Hasan Ali Khan that he helped a former Andhra Pradesh chief minister with money during two general elections. At a sinister level, Jagan loyalists say that the release from prison of Pothula Suresh, a henchman of murdered Jagan enemy Paritala Ravindra, is another intimidatory tactic.
One fourth of the state legislative Assembly including half of the state cabinet of AP situated in Kadapa, campaigning for for bypolls. None of them, including ruling Congress Party members never attempted to give an assurance to Kadapa voters/people on the progress of works that are on hold post YSR death, within the district.
Politics is said to be a dirty game; with elections it can be dirtier.