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Will Y S Jagan be the next CM of AP?

September 5, 2009

This is one question which every seems to be asking today! A political turmoil is brewing in the state of Andhra Pradesh, due to the tragic death of the erstwhile Chief Minister, YS Rajasekhar Reddy, popularly known as YSR. He passed away in a helicopter crash on 2nd September, 2009 but the news could only be confirmed on 3rd September when the Indian Air Force personnel could trace the debris of the Chief Minister’s helicopter. Thousands of people all over the state, paid homage to their beloved Chief Minister. Ministers from New Delhi and other states of India flew down to Hyderabad to share the grief of YSR’s family.

On 3rd September, moments after the tragic news broke out, the political leaders of Congress party started proposing the name of YSR’s son, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as YSR’s successor. Initially, 74 first time MLAs from Congress informally started a signature campaign to show their support for Jagan and the number rose to 128 by the end of the day. Even the state Cabinet passed a resolution to propose the name of Y S Jagan to the high command. While this issue should have been definitely brought up in the coming few days, sad part is it all happened even before the last rites could be performed for YSR. Quite a few news channels started asking people if they support Jagan’s candidature as the next CM. N TV, TV 5 reported that out of all the votes polled more than 90% are in favour of Jagan (no one knows how many people participated in this poll). Surprisingly in a similar poll conducted by GreatAndhra.com around 60% were in favour of his candidature. (The numbers are changing fast, though).

Another news which shocked the entire country was the sheer number of people who lost their lives due to heart attacks and suicides following reports of YSR’s death. While the national TV channels and newspapers report this number, somewhere close to 160-180, the regional news channels and newspapers have quoted a figure of over 300 deaths. At this moment, it’s not clear whether all of them have died only due to the trauma and depression caused by such tragic news. Whatever maybe the reason, there are some very important and interesting things that are quite evident:

1. Despite all the accusations from various quarters, the people mainly from rural areas believe that YSR has done a great deal of good work for them. This is perhaps the reason why so many people have great respect for him.

2. The “Aam Aadmi” has been the main focus for all the welfare schemes launched by the Congress Government. The question which everyone seems to be asking, will the new chief minister have the same sincerity like YSR to implement these schemes?

3. YSR’s padayatra in 2003 where he walked around the state for more than 1400kms was one of the primary reason why Congress is in such good shape today in Andhra Pradesh. Not only did it bring him closer to the people in smaller villages and towns but also people started believing in his resolve to address their problems. At last, they had found a leader who would listen to their problems and empathize with their condition.

However, YSR’s 5 year tenure as the Chief Minister wasn’t a cake walk. Accusations like Corruption, abuse of power, scams related to mining, construction have erupted from time to time. Even the recent election was a hard fought battle for Congress and TDP. Y S Jagan, who heads the Sakshi Media group and a promoter of some Infrastructure companies, has been in the limelight for quite sometime now. There is no doubt that he was being groomed to become the wild card for the party, a la Rahul Gandhi. But the tragic turn of events over the past few days, will determine how Jagan handles the situation. A huge number of Congress MLAs and MPs want him to be the next CM, with some ministers openly declaring that they will resign if Jagan doesn’t become the next Chief Minister. Even thousands of people have started organising rallies across the state in support of Jagan. It’s definitely not surprising that the Congress activists demanding that Jagan should take over the reins of Congress. A similar thing had happened with Vishnuvardhan, the son of another popular Congress leader, PJR. There have been reports that some senior leaders of Congress are not too excited to propose Jagan’s name as the next CM of AP, but given the present situation these senior leaders would have no choice and they have to eventually relent to the public demand.

Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) and Chiranjeevi (PRP) will definitely be wise enough to adopt a “wait and watch” policy at this juncture. A demand for fresh elections would be a political suicide for both these parties. Leaving aside the question whether Y S Jagan is experienced enough to become the Chief Minister, everyone knows that there’s no other leader who enjoys the support of cabinet, activists and people at this scale. The other leaders of Congress are either too self-obsessed or don’t command the same amount of respect which YSR used to from virtually every corner of the state.

The ball is in Y S Jagan’s court now and only time will tell if he really will be the next CM of AP. He probably is the most logical choice at this point of time to hold all the factions of Congress together and also the apt person to continue YSR’s legacy…atleast that’s what the aam aadmi will think. Till then…..YSR…R.I.P

By,

Hemanth Kumar

(The author can be reached at hemanth.cr@gmail.com)

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2009 3:17 pm

    I think it is most absurd to call him a logical choice. The AP Congress wants him to be the CM to gather all the sympathy.

    But why do they need it now – they are in majority power for the next five years. With no elections round the corner, there is no logical/political reason to choose him and deepen the truth that Congress is a family business. It would be wise on Congress’ part to choose someone experienced in YSR’s stead.

  2. nithin permalink
    September 5, 2009 10:09 pm

    I feel its the only viable option congress has. As there is no candidate who commands the same respect among other party members as YSR used to. But the main point is will jagan take up this humongous job as he has no experience in political arena (barely it is just 4 months since he got selected as an MP).
    Before we jump to any conclusion lets evaluate the options congress has now.
    I repeatedly heard from news channels that apart from jagan other suitable people are jaipal reddy and Purandharishwari. I do not think many people in the party accepts Mr. Jaipal Reddy as he does not have any mass following in the state.
    And coming to the next Purandharishwari, as per me she is the trump card. If at all congress choose her it will be a big blow to TDP chief CBN. Though choosing her or not depends on a lot of factors.

    I feel if congress comes up with a couple of days — chances are very high that jagan will be the next CM. if they take 10-15 days chances slim down.

  3. Prasanth permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:29 pm

    congress govt has only 155 MLAs,7 MLA if doesnt support govt will collapse
    I dont think anybody in congress right now even Jagan capable of gelling all dissenteds in the party.Purandhareswari ni cheste,all other seniors will comments inka cheyyataniki evaru lera?
    Congress govt has real tough times in next 12months
    Its a miracle if interim elections doesnt happen before 2014

  4. shantu permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:01 am

    I honestly do not know anything personally or politically abt YS JaganMohan .. as a man in the crowd I only see his image from media and gave a shape and personality of my imagination, and I adore him (might scale as emotional as ekalavya to drona),I think all the people who love YSR with this positive imagination and positive dream and forward looking vision can shape a single young man (YS Jagan Mohan) to veer him to a new highway for the greater times of Andhra and see true our dreams and hopes for the suvarna, haritha-andhra pradesh. Why Jagan? – As Jagan carries a heritage legacy from YSR my emotions are with him. I donot ignore the fact that true democracy should never give a privilege to power by heritage and repeat some historical mishaps of kings worst time legacies . I believe that even if you keep a mass of highly educated brains together in a worst political turmoil and asked to provide an answer in a little time, they tend to move to their emotional reactions-stocked responses.As far as regarding the political expertise and young age I 1000% (10 times100% keeping all my stakes and pulling stakes from my colleagues and supporters) disagree with this. History repeated with the success of young emperors like Alexandar and Akbar who are not the contemporaries but apart by centuries.. I like to see this history repeated in my life time by Jagan. Great leaders and mentors can always take him through the rough political terrain at this young political career time of Jagan[and rescue him from yet not ripened dirty political strategic expertise]. This is great opportunity for people of Andhra Pradesh irrespective of cast, creed, party and region to shape up a new political tycoon from Andhra pradesh who can raise our voice to a higher pitch and higher level at nation wide to bring back our right share from the center, at these times where we are robbed of our rightful share of funds for railways and water from upstream states.
    This is the correct time to shape and take him to skip one generation of power hungry seniors (best to seat as mentors)in fast moving generation-gaps.

  5. venugopal reddy permalink
    September 15, 2009 7:46 pm

    ys jagan is going to be the next cm of ap .he is having the rooling capability as ysr

  6. SANDEEP permalink
    September 15, 2009 9:56 pm

    DO YOU KNOW HIS VALUE YOU PEOPLE LIVING IN CITIES WILL NEAVER KNOW HIS VALUE COME TO A RURAL AREA YSR IS THE HEARTBEAT THERE AND YOU KNOW ABOUT THE NATIONAL CHANNELS THEY TOLD YSR WAS SAFE AND WAS RETURNING THAT NIGHT DONT NO WHERE THEY GOT THE INFO LET US NOT GO TO NUMBERS BUT HAVE YOU SEEN A LEADER TILL NOW WHOOSE DEATH RESULTED IN MANY ENDING UP THEIR LIVES OUR YSR IS A KING HE LIVED A KING AND DIED TOO AS THAT

  7. SANDEEP permalink
    September 15, 2009 10:00 pm

    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE THIS WILL BE DONE ONLY WHEN THE PROJECTS STARTED BY HIM BE COMPLETE WHAT IF CHANDRA BABU BROUGHT HI TECH CITY WHEN THERE ARE NO ONE TO SUPPORT FARMERS THEN NO FOOD……………..THINK OF OUR FUTURE BUT WE ALWAYS SHOULD LIVE IN PRESENT

  8. Ramana permalink
    September 20, 2009 4:47 pm

    Pity that AP Congress could not have suitable replacement for YSR. One of the reasons is that YSR never allowed No. 2 in the party. Thus Jagan has become kind of obvious choice now, as in the current situation, if u make any other person as CM, it is advantageous Chandra Babu Naidu. The current situation is the Congress supporters and balanced political commentators knows that Jagan as CM can only keep congress in tact in AP and to reasonable extent dissidence free. Looks like the high command is unable to digest the ground reality, and are taking Narasimha Rao policy of “inaction to solve the problem”. Cogress (I) – Best of luck!

  9. Y S jagan Mohan Reddy permalink
    September 23, 2009 12:47 am

    I will become CM

  10. sudhiranjan nadella permalink
    September 25, 2009 11:53 am

    Does it matter if YSR or chandrababu naidu become CM? Does it matter if YSRs son becomes cm or the next most powerful person in congress? More importantly can you do anything about it. Yes you can cast a vote. Yes you can write an article and spread awareness on who is better . But the people who elect leaders are not the people who read this forum, who read a newspaper, who know to read at all.
    Give one person who is illiterate the chance to read and understand what is written here and tell 10 people to do the same.
    If someone reads this and helps improve atleast one life or atleast ‘feels’ like doing it for one moment, I will feel my 5 min spent writing this was worthwhile.

  11. jvm permalink
    September 26, 2010 7:48 pm

    yes

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