Is the stunning defeat in the MLC elections a warning bell for YS Jagan Mohan Reddy? It is, say political watchers. They say that the bragging of YS Jagan that YSRCP’s victory was a divine script, has actually proved to be counter-productive. In fact, his own MLAs have voted against his party candidate and ensured his defeat.
Political analysts say that the MLAs, who have no real role in the developmental and welfare works, are unhappy and are sulking. Similarly, Jagan’s way of assessing the performance of the MLAs and the involvement of Team PK in the assessment has also caused disquiet among the party MLAs.
For instance, former minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad was made the constituency incharge for the Tadikonda constituency. This was done as the sitting MLA Undavalli SriDevi ranked low in performance as per PK’s assessment. As a result, there were continuous clashes between the respective supporters of both Dokka and Undavalli. It is now being widely believed that Sridevi has voted against the party’s official candidate.
Similar is the case of Anam Ramanarayana Reddy. Jagan appointed Nedurumalli Ramkumar Reddy as the constituency incharge for Atmakur. This led to Anam sulking. Ditto with Mekapati Chandrasekhar Reddy. In addition, KOtamreddy Sridhar Reddy too is sulking. As a result, there was significant cross-voting leading to the shock defeat of YSRCP.
But, will Jagan change his ways? Will he take the MLAs into confidence at least now? Unlikely say those in the know.