BEHIND the YSR Congress Party’s shattered Lok Sabha hopes in Seemandhra lie just 0.1 per cent of votes. However, that vote share difference ensured that the YSRCP got barely eight seats in the now-bifurcated state.
Having finished second to the TDP in the assembly polls too (67 to the TDP’s 105), the YSRCP despite its vocal and aggressive campaigning, now finds itself without power in the state and a say at the Centre. The TDP won 15 LS seats. Ally BJP won four assembly and two LS seats.
While the YSRCP got 28.1 per cent of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha elections, the TDP got 28.2 per cent. What hobbled the YSRCP was the 12.1 per cent votes won by the Congress, eating into its share.
With these many votes the Congress didn’t get a single seat in the Lok Sabha — a huge fall from the 29 in 2004 and 33 in 2009 it had got in a united Andhra — but effectively saw the TDP-BJP alliance through to the top position in the state.
In the state elections, the YSRCP got 28.1 per cent votes and the Congress 11.5 per cent, steering the TDP to a 32.6 per cent vote share. The Congress scored a duck in the Assembly polls too.
Y S Vijayamma, Jagan’s mother and the late YSR Reddy’s wife, lost from Visakhapatnam, and other than a few seats in pockets of East Godavari, the YSRCP was confined to its pocketborough of Kadapa.
Says Hyderabad-based political analyst Ravi Chand, “The Congress failed to win a seat, but even the YSR Congress did not manage to keep up the enthusiasm it once generated.”
“The TDP had to only retain and boost its core voters. They borrowed liberally from the Congress and used the BJP where they thought it would help in urban areas,” says a veteran Congress leader.