YSR also emerged as one of the few leaders in the country to retain power beating the anti-incumbency factor. What has made his performance more creditable is the fact that he made no big promises and instead highlighted his performance versus the 'poor credibility record' of his main rival N Chandrababu Naidu of TDP. Banking on his performance and the numerous welfare schemes his government launched during the last five years, YSR retained power despite a three-cornered contest.
File photo: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy meets President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
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