"The party does not want this post, as it will be seen as aligning with the ruling dispensation. The party won't do that until and unless Centre gives special status to Andhra Pradesh," a YSR Congress leader said.
The YSR Congress bagged 151 of the 175 seats in the state Assembly, decimating the TDP headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, who became the first chief minister of the state after it was bifurcated to carve out Telangana five years ago.
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.
Of the 25 Lok Sabha candidates, seven were from backward classes, four Scheduled Castes and one Scheduled Tribe, Jagan said, adding among the 175 Assembly candidates, 41 belonged to the backward classes and five to the Muslim community.
The state government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Additional DGP (CID) Amit Garg, to investigate the case. But Jagan Mohan said he did not have faith in a state police inquiry and demanded a probe by an external agency.
The case was registered in Amaravati by Andhra Pradesh police on a counter complaint by TDP alleging "a conspiracy" by YSR Congress leaders and followers and some police officials of Telangana with the aim of "stealing" data belonging to it.