Cross-voting is the crucial factor in ap mlc polls
The Congress, TDP and an independent candidate supported by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s group are locked in a keen contest here. If not for Jagan, it would have been a cake walk for the Congress here. The poll scene here is as yet hazy and speculation is rife on who the Congress voters would vote for and whether the TDP voters would resort to cross-voting. The Congress has 416 votes (ZPTCs - 24, MPTCs - 384), but it is a divided house with more than half of the voters defecting to Jagan’s side.
Jagan’s group claims that their candidate R Pratap Kumar Reddy has the support of 230 voters and more may vote in his favour.
In that case, the Congress is left with only 169 votes and the TDP with 201 voters. Others, comprising the left parties and the BJP, have 24 votes, which may prove decisive. However, with chances of cross-voting being high, the contest is likely to be very close. On the directions of the Congress high command, the party leaders are putting in every effort to ensure the victory of their candidate V Narayana Reddy, who enjoys a clean image in the district. Narayana Reddy is a close follower of former chief minister N Janardhan Reddy. Congress leaders Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, Anam Vivekananda Reddy, Adala Prabhakar Reddy and Panabaka Krishaniah are leaving no stone unturned to ensure Congress' victory. Janardhan Reddy and Ramanarayana Reddy have been camping in the town.
On the other hand, the Jagan group is also not sparing any effort as the election is a true litmus test for Jagan’s new party - the YSR Congress. Its leaders Mekapati brothers - Rajamohan Reddy and Chandrasekhar Reddy - along with K Goverdhan Reddy have been working hard for the victory of their candidate.
All the three parties are running camps to safeguard their voters from being poached. Sources say incentives in cash and kind are being offered to lure the voters from rival camps.
It has become a topic of hot debate on TV channels, as a couple of ZPTC members were caught on camera with cash. Election authorities have booked cases against them.