Months ahead of elections, YSRCP Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has shifted his political base to Amaravati after entering into his newly constructed residence at Tadepalli in Guntur district on Wednesday.
With this, Jagan has shifted his political base from Hyderabad's Lotus Pond to Tadepalligudem in Amaravati. It may be noted that Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena party office and residence are being constructed at Mangalagiri area.
The ceremony, which took place amid religious prayers on Wednesday morning, was conducted in the presence of Jaganâ€™s family members and relatives along with hundreds of party members. This included Jaganâ€™s mother YS Vijayamma, his sister Sharmila and her husband Anil Kumar.
YSRCP leaders Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Mithun Reddy and several other party leaders were present.
Jaganâ€™s new residence is said to have been constructed on two acres, and it has his party office as well.
Daggubati Hitesh, son of former Union Minister Daggubati Purundareshwari, has also joined Jagan's party at the new office in the presence of Jagan. Hitesh hails from a politically well-known family. Hitesh's mother Purundareshwari and Naidu's wife Bhuvaneshwari are both sisters and daughters of the late Andhra CM NT Rama Rao (NTR).
Along with Hitesh, TDP leader and Chirala MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan who recently met Jagan after quitting Naidu's party, also joined YSRCP on Wednesday at the new office.
It may be noted that offices of TDP and BJP are also under construction in Mangalagiri area.
What prompted this move?
Jagan has moved closer to the state's capital of Amaravati with just months left for simultaneous Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state. YSRCP feels that by staying here, the partyâ€™s leader will be able to project himself as being more accessible to the people of the state. It will also help in rallying support and organising his election campaign if he is present in the state.
Soon after the state of Andhra Pradesh bifurcated in 2014, both CM Naidu and Jagan operated from Hyderabad. In 2015, as political tensions escalated between Telangana CM KCR and Naidu, the latter shifted his base to Amaravati while Jagan continued in Hyderabad.
Chandrababu Naidu had earlier criticised that Jagan has no residence in the state and was doing politics from Hyderabad.
Jagan started his historic statewide walkathon in November 2017 and ended it in January 2019. Jagan, shifting his base to Amaravati (Tadepalligudem), comes at a time when several surveys have predicted an apparent lead for Jagan's party in the 2019 elections.
As far as the delay in shifting is concerned, while YSRCP has been relatively quiet, one possible reason could be that Jagan was attending a court in Hyderabad every Friday.
Jagan, as the YSRCP chief, is the prime accused in cases relating to alleged investments made by various private firms and individuals in his businesses as a quid pro quo for various favours bestowed on them by the government of his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy in undivided Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009.
However, after the recent bifurcation of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Courts, the judge hearing the case was transferred and there is speculation that there might be a delay in the case as it has to be heard from the beginning again.