Though as many as 29 MLAs owing allegiance to YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy resigned from their assembly membership in protest against the naming of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the first information report lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation, one wonders how many of them could win their seats again.
The issue has become a topic for heated debate among the media circles in the last two days.
According to the staunch supporters of Jagan, it is not difficult for all of them to win their seats again if they carefully plan their campaign and can generate a lot of sympathy among the voters.
“If Jagan along with his mother tours all the 29 constituencies at least for one day, then it will be a cake walk for the resigned MLAs. Now that Jagan and Vijayamma don’t have to contest any elections, they can plan their campaign well and get their party candidates win,” they argued.
However, another section of the media argues that it is not so easy to win all the seats.
“It is extremely difficult for the Telangana MLAs like Konda Surekha, Jayasudha and Kunja Satyavathi to win the seats again because of the strong Telangana sentiment. Secondly, one cannot just under-estimate the strength of the Congress party. In East and West Godavari districts and Krishna, the party can give a tough contest for the Jagan camp. The party will go out to snatch victory from the resigned MLAs, because of their inexperience. And thirdly, wherever there is a possibility, the Telugu Desam Party might extend tacit support to the Congress candidates to defeat Jagan group,” they said, adding that if Jagan can ensure victory of at least 15-18 MLAs, it would be a big success for him.