The YSRCP, the main opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, is shifting its office from Lotus Pond in Hyderabad, to the newly-constructed building in Tadepalli in Amaravati, the state's upcoming capital, with just days to go for the results of the Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha polls that were held on April 11.
While Lotus Pond will continue to function as a YSRCP office, media reports suggested that party material including furniture was shifted to the party's state headquarters in Amaravati and many leaders based in Hyderabad are also expected to follow suit soon. YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy himself, is expected to shift to Amaravati on May 21.
A meeting of all senior leaders has been called on May 16 to prepare for counting day and all possible outcomes when the Election Commission declares the results on May 23.
“Now, it is time for the party headquarters to be shifted to Amaravati completely. By all means, the YSRCP is going to come to power and form the government after May 23, when the results will be declared. So, Amaravati is going to be our area of operation,” senior party leader N Ramkumar Reddy told Hindustan Times.
It was in February, that Jagan did the house warming ceremony for his newly constructed residence at Tadepalli in Guntur district.
Soon after the state of Andhra Pradesh bifurcated in 2014, both Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan operated from Hyderabad. In 2015, as political tensions escalated between Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and Naidu, the latter shifted his base to Amaravati while Jagan continued in Hyderabad.
Jagan shifted his base ahead of the polls as the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Naidu had often criticised the YSRCP chief for doing politics out of Hyderabad and repeatedly pointed out that he had residence in Andhra Pradesh.
The YSRCP feels that by staying in Amaravati, the party’s leader will be able to project himself as being more accessible to the people of the state.