N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party swept the coastal Andhra districts against all odds, leaving the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) far behind. Unable to digest TDP’s victory, a sulking Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said that people were fooled by Naidu’s false promises.
The TDP has won 102 of the 175 Assembly and 15 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats while its ally BJP bagged four Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats.
The BJP contested in 13 Assembly and four Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra.
The biggest upset for YSRCP was the defeat of Jagan’s mother Y S Vijayalakshmi from Visakhapatnam with a margin of over 85,000 votes to BJP’s Seemandhra unit president K Haribabu.
The BJP narrowly lost the Tirupati Lok Sabha seat to YSRCP. The YSRCP was left tottering with 67 Assembly and 8 Lok Sabha seats.
The people seemed to have voted for Naidu’s reputation as a good administrator when he was chief minister from 1995 to 2004.
Naidu’s sweep was also aided by the 79 per cent voting in Seemandhra which saw literate, upper and middle class people, especially in urban and semi-urban segments, turning up in large numbers. And this is where the TDP’s tie-up with BJP, particularly Narendra Modi, came into play, working hugely in favour of TDP.
The other important factor that went in favour of TDP is caste. The 27 per cent Kapu community seems to have backed Naidu who belongs to the Kamma community rather than Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Besides Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat, the BJP won Narsapuram in West Godavari district.
“Telugu people have voted against corruption and in favour of good, clean governance and development,” a beaming Chandrababu Naidu said.
The annihilation of Congress, which is blamed for bifurcation of state, was complete; it did not win even a single Assembly or Lok Sabha seat in Seemandhra. Due to this, the main opposition party for TDP will be YSRCP.
Jagan, who projected himself as the next chief minister of Seemandhra, was not to be seen till 5 pm as he, his mother Y S Vijayalakshmi, and other family members locked themselves in their palatial Lotus Pond residence.
It was only later that Jagan finally emerged to speak with media persons.
“We honour the verdict given by the people and will play a constructive role in the opposition,” he said.