Riding on the sympathy wave in the wake of its leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's arrest, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) appears to be headed for a clean sweep in the by-elections to the Nellore Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats.
|Party ||Leads ||Won ||Change |
|Congress ||1 ||1 ||- 14 |
|Telugu Desam Party ||0 ||0 ||0 |
|Telangana Rashtra Samithi ||1 ||- ||+ 1 |
|Bharatiya Janata Party ||- ||- ||- |
|Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party ||7 || 8 ||15 |
|Praja Rajyam Party ||- ||- ||- 2 |
YSR Congress Party candidates maintained leads in about 15 Assembly seats, while Congress and TDP were giving a tough fight in two seats as the counting progressed today in the bypolls held in Andhra Pradesh for 18 Assembly segments and one Lok Sabha constituency.
A close contest was on between the candidates of YSRCP and Congress in Narsapuram in West Godavari district and Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari district, where lead positions were changing frequently.
TDP nominee was ahead in Ongole in Prakasam district.
As the counting of votes moved into the third and fourth rounds, YSRCP nominees were leading in three constituencies of Rayachoti, Kodur and Rajampet.
YSRCP candidate was leading in Kodur by 4,849 votes after the completion of third round, the party candidate was ahead by 18,555 votes after fifth round in Rayachoti. In Rajampet, YSRCP is leading by 12,211 votes after fourth round.
In Payakaraopet, YSRCP was leading by 8,867 votes after sixth round.
In Narasannapet, YSRCP was leading by 1,995 votes after seventh round.In Polavaram, YSRCP was ahead by about 10,000 votes after fifth round. The YSRCP was leading by 1,150 votes in Narsapuram.
In Anantapur, YSRCP was leading by 10,000 votes after sixth round and by 13723 votes in Rayadurg after sixth round.
In Allagadda and Yemmiganur seats in Kurnool district too, YSRCP nominees were ahead of their rivals. The Jaganmohan Reddy-led party was also ahead in Prathipadu and Macherla in Guntur district.
In Nellore Lok Sabha constituency, YSRCP candidate was leading as per initial trends.
In Parkal Assembly segment, the lone seat in Telangana, TRS continued to maintain its lead.
Bypolls to 16 of the 18 Assembly constituencies were necessitated as sitting Congress MLAs were disqualified by the Assembly Speaker for switching loyalty to YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy and voting against the Congress government during a no-trust vote in December.
Also, actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi resigned as MLA following his election to Rajya Sabha that caused bypoll in another seat.
The sitting Congress MP quit in support of Jagan which necessitated by-election for Lok Sabha constituency in Nellore.
Jagan, as the YSRCP leader is popularly known, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and sent to jail on May 27 in an illegal assets case when he was busy campaigning for the party. His mother Y.S. Vijayamma and sister Sharmila managed to evoke sympathy by accusing Congress and TDP of targeting Jagan.
Vijayamma even pointed finger at Congress party by raising her doubts over the cause of the Sep 2, 2009 helicopter crash which killed her husband and then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Jagan and Vijayamma had quit Congress party and Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula assembly seats respectively in late 2010 accusing Congress of trying to split their family. They floated the YSRCP promising to implement the pro-poor schemes launched by YSR.
They retained the seats with a massive majority in the by-elections held last year.
In March this year, YSRCP also won Kovur assembly seat in Nellore district in the by-election caused by the resignation of TDP legislator.