Fearing anti-Congress wave, over 45 MLAs set to quit party

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    Fearing anti-Congress wave, over 45 MLAs set to quit party

    The Congress in Andhra Pradesh is bracing for an exodus of over 45 MLAs, including at least half-a-dozen ministers, and scores of district-level leaders in the new year. Most of them are likely to join the YSR Congress Party of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy while some may join the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

    Facing an anti-Congress sentiment in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts due to bifurcation of the state even as Assembly elections are set to be held next year along with the Lok Sabha polls, many MLAs fear that even if they are re-nominated by the Congress, they may lose the polls.

    Party sources said the MLAs indicated their intentions to Andhra PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana before the Telangana Bill was tabled in the Assembly earlier this month.

    "Not only MLAs, many ministers are also worried. They feel that it may be the end of the road for them if they remain with the Congress, primarily due to the anti-Congress sentiment that has spread through Seemandhra. Many of them are also under pressure from their supporters whose numbers are shrinking by the day,'' said the PCC chief.

    He said at least 20 other MLAs, including two ministers, who are confident of winning, may also quit the party because they are opposed to bifurcation of the state.

    Congress sources said the MLAs have also been emboldened by the stand taken by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, and may go with him if he decides to launch his own party. Three ministers who are known to be close to him are reportedly urging him to float a party.

    With the CM not taking much interest in party affairs, and the PCC chief himself facing opposition in his home district of Vizianagaram, no efforts are being made to stop the MLAs from leaving the party.

    Quoting internal reports, a Congress leader said MLAs from Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts are set to join the YSRCP. But YSRCP sources said Jaganmohan is not keen on allowing Congress or TDP MLAs who face anti-incumbency to join his party.

    Some Congress MLAs have already joined either the YSRCP or TDP, including P Rajanna Dora from Salur in Vizianagaram, Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao from Repalle in Guntur, K Venkatrami Reddy from Dharmavaram, and Sudhir Reddy from L B Nagar in Hyderabad.

    Fearing anti-Congress wave, over 45 MLAs set to quit party - Indian Express

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    Apparently the poor governance and corruption of the Congress at the Centre and the total bungling of the Telengana issue and the near total rout of the Congress in the four State elections has put the fear of God into the heart of the Congressmen around the country.

    Therefore, it is not unusual to find that the Congressmen are abandoning the sinking ship.

    This is more so evident in Andhra Pradesh because emotions are inflamed and running high and the Congress has burnt its fingers with its dithering tactics on the issue of Telengana too long and then forced to take a decision that is unfavourable to all sides, depending upon their views and loyalties to their regions.
     
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    Ray Sir, Congress was facing rout in Andhra Pradesh anyway. for them keeping the state united meant getting 4 -5 MP seats versus 14-15 MP's in Telangana ( TRS will anyway merge with them post elections with good SOP's for KCR &Co.)+ 1-2 MP's in Seemandhra giving them 17 MP's from their once bastion of AP. Now in Seemandhra with Jagan Juggernaut and TDP slowly gaining ground they'll be seeing the next Tamilnadu. In Telangana may be they'll have power provided the internal squabbles for CM of Telangana are kept under check. The funny part is the good of people of Andhra Pradesh ( All three regions ) dont figure into their plans. if the case of the Current AP doesn't wake up the people of India to work against Congress , then i dont know what will.
     
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    any idea abt bjp in WB?
     
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    Is there any AAP wave prevailing in AP at present ?
     
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    AAP is yet to be seen in AP. We already have a AAP style party on anti corruption in AP ( JP's Loksatta). JP is as clean as Kejriwal AFAIK , and has intellectuals in his party but could amount to nothing in AP. Safe to say AAP will not be a factor in AP..
    In fact i would say BJP has better chance in AP than AAP.
     
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    I would say Loksatta is much better than AAP in terms of reasonable policies. They have clear cut agenda and their agenda is very comprehensive on steps they will undertake and how while AAP is promising freebies and hardly understands economics. AAP is more to the left of center, while Loksatta is more in the center. AAP is more socialist while LSP is moderate. AAP blames politicians for everything wrong under the sun. LSP says silence of the do-gooders is worse than the actions of some bad politicians. LSP prepared the road by being instrumental in several key reforms on which AAP managed to make inroads.

    If by any chance, AAP is going to make some visible impact, LSP would see some boost from the middle class. Otherwise, it will be usual politics in the state with less people caring for proper governance and more for the same politics we are seeing.

    Just a tit-bit, LSP's single MLA JP's constituency has the highest public spending till date, much higher than any other.constituency in India.
     
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    Seemandhra is a lost case for Congress, but I doubt if they can gain anything even in Telangana. I see no incentive for TRS to join with Congress. They have a lot more to gain by being a separate party than merging with Congress.
     
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    I doubt that with jagan in the fray Seemandhra would be a lost cause for Congress, he has already said that he's will give out side support to Congress to keep religious parties at bay ( read BJP) . As for KCR he has too many ex-congress rats in his party , if he doesnot merge with congress he sure as hell will see these guys walk away from TRS and will be severely weakened.
     
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    But most of the TRS cadre arent in favor of merging TRS with Congress ....

    Only one party playing safe is BJP ... they have a good chance of scoring numbers in Telangana ...

    I dont want TRS to gain the majority .... they surely support congress ....
     
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    I never said TRS would merge pre poll , they'll do it post poll due to the fact that if they do it pre poll then they might give a chance to BJP/TDP to become the main opposition and also TRS might get hit with the anti incumbency of Congress. All said and done TRS is not ready to write off TDP in Telangana , TDP still has good grass roots cadre in Telangana, and TDP also have a good chance in settler dominated area's like parts of Hyderbad , Nizamabad , Nalgonda and Khammam.
     
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