TDP's constant cautioning and alarm about the YSR Congress party and its plans to merge with congress have come almost true and once again surfaced.
Now things are very clearly seen from the side lines of a flurry of activities to bring Jagan back into congress, this time at the instance of the congress high command as part of its grand plan for 2014.
After an acrimonious split from the Congress and beating them at their own game in the recent bypolls, thanks to nexus and collusion of vested interests in both the parties, the Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy and his one year old party are all set to form an alliance or merge with the congress party in near future.
During the recent bye polls and also district visits the TDP President Sri Nara Chandrababu Nadu has given enough hints about the prospects of merger or alliance ( nexus and collution of the Congress and the YSRC ) to defeat the TDP. His suspicions came true in both the March 18 and June 12 bye polls.
According to report in a national daily Congress party president Sonia Gandhi has already met once with Reddy’s mother Vijaya Lakshmi in an attempt to forge an alliance with the regional party ahead of the 2014 elections and despite the final decision not being made public, the report quoted a party leader saying that “it was a matter of time” before the two parties merged.
Congress leaders have refused to comment on the matter and YSR Congress leaders are quoted in the report as saying that it is merely a ploy to prevent the party from gathering more support in Andhra Pradesh.
While the Congress may be looking at the YSR Congress as another alliance in the state, there are other partners like Actor and Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi, who are already looking at the possibility of getting a greater role in the state government.
Reportedly, the actor has already blamed the Congress and Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy for their poor showing in the recent by-polls and is looking to get a greater say in the functioning of the state government and most probably elevation in Kiran's place
For the Congress, an ally like the YSR Congress would help reduce the influence of Chiranjeevi but would also mean that the party would be considerably weakened in the state, which had become one of its strongholds during the tenure of YSR Reddy. More so the Reddy clout of Congress are not ready to hand over the mantle to a Kapu in the party, it appears so. They did rather have alliance or walk over to Jagan than to work under the likes of Chiranjeevi it is said.
For Jaganmohan Reddy, who is presently in jail since May 27 in a disproportionate assets case for using his father’s influence to get investors to fund his companies, the alliance with the Congress may make great sense presently after roundly trouncing them in the by-polls in which the party won 15 Assembly seats. Firstly it will reduce the CBI and ED pressure on him. Secondly it will help him to consolidate his strength among Reddys and BC's. Thirdly it will give Jagan a strong foothold in the congress and make him the CM candidate by 2014, which is not far off. An an alliance could also help him get a greater say in national politics after the 2014 elections.
Once spurned by the Congress leadership when he sought the Chief Minister’s post, Jaganmohan Reddy, if he does merge with the party, is unlikely to accept anything less this time around.
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