YSRCP's Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke to the media from his family bastion of Pulivendula in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh before casting his vote on the occasion of the single-phase assembly polls which are being held parallelly along with the Phase I of the Lok Sabha elections.
He was asked how he was feeling about the elections and what his message was for the people.
"Very confident, with Gods grace it will go well, I am pretty sure people are looking for a change. My message is - vote for change vote without fear."
Reddy is aspiring to become the chief minister in his late father YS Rajasekhara Reddy's footsteps will, for the second time, contest from his family pocket borough Pulivendula in Kadapa district. In 2014, Jagan won the seat by a record margin of 74,256 votes, the highest in the state.
His party has fielded candidates for all 175 assembly seats, retaining almost all the sitting MLAs and giving a major share to the backward communities.
Floated in 2011 after Jaganmohan Reddy quit the Congress over denial of chief ministership, the YSRC lost the race in the 2014 general elections, getting just 0.3 per cent less vote share than the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that captured power winning 106 seats in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then.
Though the YSRC won 67 seats, as many as 23 of its MLAs defected to the ruling party in 2016 and 2017.
In the context, the 2019 election is a do-or-die battle for the YSRC as its political longevity will largely depend on election result. The YSRC has only 15 women candidates out of the 175 and 41 BCs.
As many as 12 former ministers, 37 former MLAs and 15 doctors have also been chosen for the assembly battle.
(With PTI inputs)
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