Leads from 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats show the YSR Congress Party is heading for a landslide victory. The party is expected to win anywhere above 150 seats in the Assembly and at least 24 seats in Parliament.
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The grievance vote is the anti-incumbency vote where the voter wants to throw out the incumbent government and the gratitude vote where the voter wants to show his gratitude for some benefit that he has received. Which vote was it in Andhra Pradesh?
"I invited Rahul Gandhi to address a public rally. But there are other things.... Leader is good, (the) family is very good, they want to improve the party. But local sentiment... they can’t help it," Reddy said.
Lokesh, a member of the state legislative council, hasn’t given up the position even after the party announced his name from Mangalagiri. This has led to murmurs within the party circles that his father Chandrababu has hedged his bets in case Lokesh fails to win.
The YSRCP manifesto promises many cash doles and benefits for marginalised sections, with a focus on women, farmers, daily wage workers, elderly, SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. The TDP has also promised almost similar sops.
In 2014, BJP’s Hari Babu won against YSRCP’s Y S Vijayamma, mother of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, mainly because of TDP support. The TDP had allotted the seat to the BJP as part of their seat-sharing agreement.
Looking back into history, Modi said, "three states were created even under former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee but they are functioning smoothly. Congress' handling of Andhra Pradesh bifurcation is a mess, just like the Partition of India and Pakistan".
Ashok Gajapathi Raju is one of the two ministers that the TDP pulled out of the Union Cabinet to protest against the denial of special status to Andhra Pradesh. In this edition of Idea Exchange, the senior TDP leader explains why Andhra Pradesh was right in asking for special status and also adds that the […]
A first-time MP, Raju is a senior TDP leader and hails from the royal Gajapathi family of Vizianagaram. During his stint as aviation minister, there was double-digit growth in air passenger traffic nearly every month