Hyderabad: Jagan set to change Andhra Politics with Narendra Modi?

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Hyderabad, Oct 1: YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who is well-known as Jagan, is back. The young leader, who enjoys massive support in Andhra Pradesh, seems to be ready to change political scenario in the state. With this aim of bringing a change, Jagan first targeted Narendra Modi, the BJP PM candidate and one of the most popular figures in national politics.

Addressing the first ever press conference after his bail, Jagan on Monday, Sept 30 praised the Gujarat Chief Minister saying that he respects Modi as an administrator. However, the YSR Congress President also urged the Gujarat CM not to create insecurity in the minds of people just because they belong to another religion.

Jagan, who recently has been released from jail, was quoted as saying, "Since I appreciate Modi as an administrator, I want him to change this entire system and bring every party on to the secular platform in the interest of this country."

"Otherwise we will be creating insecurity in the minds and hearts of these people so much that we will be creating internal terrorism within the country, forget about fighting the enemies outside the borders," he added.

Experts believe that Jagan has kept a door open for BJP for a future tie up. BJP is a fringe player in the Southern state but it has reportedly aimed to woo another crucial leader from Andhra -- TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu.

Jagan has kept a door open for BJP for a future tie up

It was reported that Naidu hinted that his party may go for an alliance with BJP in order to defeat Congress and YSR Congress in the state. Attending a press meet, Naidu recently was quoted as saying, "Congress wants to win Telangana on a positive plank. In Seemandhra, it wants Jagan to win the negative votes against the Congress and then the two will join hands post-poll."

Naidu also accused Jagan of match fixing with the ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh. Soon after CBI court's verdict of granting bail to Jagan, Naidu had said, "The way bail was granted to him and the manner in which the charge sheet against him was diluted only show that there is a clear understanding between YSR Congress and Congress."

Continuing his statement, Naidu added, "This only shows that Congress is trying to influence parties in Andhra Pradesh. On one hand they are delaying a decision on the future of Andhra Pradesh for the past four years, and on the other they are trying to influence parties."

According to experts, Congress has aimed to strengthen its power in Seemandhra after making an alliance with YSR Congress. The party, with an alliance with TRS, hopes to win in Telangana.It is believed that Jagan's party may emerge as the winner in Seemandhra and Congress will be able to control the entire Andhra Pradesh if they tie up with Jagan's party.

Currently, YSR Congress is maintaining that it will have no truck with Congress. However, experts believe that political compulsions and multiple CBI cases pending against Jagan may compel the party to come to terms with Congress.

However, Jagan's recent remark on Modi made it clear that it will not be an easy task for Congress to convince the YSR Congress president. Jagan also asserted that he will not allow any party to divide Andhra Pradesh into two different states.

With a clear stand in support of 'samaikyandhra', or united Andhra, the young leader is likely to seize the initiative and emerge as a frontrunner in Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions are together known. Hence, Jagan may make an ally with BJP to oppose Congress' decision of forming Telangana.

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