Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has rocked ruling Congress party by today's declared election results in which the first has won 14 assembly seats out of 18 and also captured the Nellore Lok Sabha seat.
Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy of has won this seat by huge margin of 2,90,000 votes over his nearest rival and former central minister T. Subbarami Reddy of the Congress party.
Congress, which had previously won all 18 assembly seats could managed to won just two seats while Telengana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) could win just one seat (Parkal), which is situated in Telengana region. However, the margin of victory was very thin and Jagan's YSR Congress came on the second position from Parkal.
With the victory, Jaganmohan, who is at present in Chanchalguda jail due to facing anti-graft charges, has alarmed the incumbent Congress Party and major party in opposition Telgu Desum Party (TDP) that a third front is developing in the state which can change the equation of the politics in Andhra Pradesh.
The next general assemble election is due in 2014.
The by-elections were caused by the resignation of one member of parliament and disqualification of 17 legislators of the Congress party who had switched loyalties to the YSRCP. One seat was vacant when Chiranjeevi resign from the post and got the seat of Rajya Sabha in the Parliament.
YSRCP received a jolt with the defeat of its top leaders P. Subhash Chandra Bose and Konda Surekha. Both were ministers in the YSR cabinet and had switched loyalties to YSRCP. Subhash Chandra Bose lost from Ramachandrapuram constituency in East Godavari district.
Former minister K. Subbarayudu of Congress party won Narsapuram seat in West Godavari district.
Congress won a seat each in East Godavari and West Godavari districts in coastal Andhra but lost seven other seats in the region.
The prominent winners from YSRCP include B. Sreenivas Reddy, a relative of the YSR family who was also minister in the YSR cabinet, Gurunath Reddy, Chenna Keshav Reddy, Srikanth Reddy and Dharmana Krishna Das, brother of state minister Dharmana Prasada Rao.
Jagan, the son of former Chief Minister of state Late YSR Reddy, who was very popular, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and sent to jail on May 27 in an illegal assets case when he was busy campaigning for the party.
His mother Y.S. Vijayamma and sister Sharmila managed to evoke sympathy by accusing Congress and TDP of targeting Jagan.
Vijayamma even pointed finger at the Congress party by raising doubts over the cause of the Sep 2, 2009, helicopter crash in which her husband and the then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was killed.
Jagan and Vijayamma had quit Congress party and Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula assembly seats, respectively, in late 2010 accusing the Congress of trying to split their family. They floated the YSRCP promising to implement the pro-poor schemes launched by YSR.
They retained their respective seats with massive majority in the by-elections held last year.
In March this year, YSRCP also won Kovur assembly seat in Nellore district in the by-election necessitated by the resignation of the sitting TDP legislator.
--With IANS Inputs--