YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy might be a hot favourite for various sections of people, but analysts say he is yet to get acceptability among a majority of backward classes.
The BCs hitherto continued to be the backbone of the Telugu Desam Party and comprise its major vote bank. Now, Jagan appears to be eyeing making a dent into this vote bank of the TDP.
His political strategist Prashant Kishor is understood to have suggested that the YSRC should come out with a major programme of action to attract the BCs, particularly artisans and workers taking up their traditional professions.
Jagan made the first such attempt to attract the BCs by addressing a massive rally in Dharmavaram, where he managed to attract the weaving community.
Enthused by the response, he is understood to have decided to address as many BC meetings as possible during the padayatra.
On Monday, Jagan addressed a BC conclave at Kanagudur in Mydukuru mandal of Kadapa district as a part of the Praja Sankalpa Yatra.
He assured that he would constitute a BC Committee shortly to discuss the issues of the BCs and seek suggestions from them.
Asserting that the YSRC was committed to the development of BCs, Jagan said that a BC Garjana would be organised at the end of the Padayatra where a BC Declaration would be unveiled for the complete progress and development of the BCs.
He said he would form the next government in the state and it would work for the welfare of the BCs.
Pointing out the various initiatives launched to alleviate the backward communities, Jagan added that the fee reimbursement scheme was aimed at enabling the BC youth to obtain higher education.