In a surprising decision, the YSR Congress party on Monday evening announced that it was dropping out of the contest in by-elections to the MLC elections from Kurnool local bodies’ constituency.
Former MLC Silpa Chakrapani Reddy, whose resignation from the post following his defection to the YSRC necessitated the by-poll, told the media that the party would not contest the MLC elections.
“I have resigned from the post on moral grounds, after I resigned from the TDP and joined the YSRC. I thought it is not appropriate to fight for the same post which I had relinquished,” Chakrapani said.
He ridiculed that the TDP leaders were fighting among one another for the post he had given up.
“I have no interest in the elections. Let the TDP enjoy the post which I gave up,” he said.
Notwithstanding Silpa’s tall claims, sources said YSRC had opted out of the contest since it felt it might not win the elections, though it had a slight edge over the TDP and there is a possibility of the TDP local body representatives cross-voting for YSRC candidate.
However, the contenders for the MLC seat – Gouru Venkat Reddy and Silpa Chakrapani Reddy backed out as they needed to spend huge amount on the elections. Both of them said they would spend money in the assembly elections, rather than the MLC polls.
Moreover, the TDP is hell-bent on winning the MLC seat and it has the capacity to spend huge money, which the YSRC candidates cannot afford.
And lastly, if the YSRC loses the elections, it would be yet another moral setback for the party before the 2019 elections, which YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy does not want.
Hence, it is better to opt out of the contest, rather than fighting a losing battle, say party sources.