Call it the fatigue factor or anti-incumbency. People of Andhra Pradesh have decisively voted for a change, with the YSR Congress led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy set for a landslide win in the assembly polls, five years after the division of the state. The party’s performance in the Lok Sabha has also been stellar, with a lead in 24 out of 25 seats.

Jagan’s lack of experience to govern a state has not come in the way. Voters may have been indifferent to the cases on disproportionate assets pending against him. His rival and current Telugu Desam Party chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who walked out of the NDA, will end up as a poor second. Failure to deliver on poll promises and dysfunctional governance of AP has led to voter disenchantment.

Among the things that went against Naidu, the poster-boy of neo liberal economic reforms, was over his excessive focus on the wealthy ‘kamma dominated belt’ comprising of Guntur, Prakasam and Krishna districts. He was also pre-occupied with building the new capital Amaravati instead of looking at all round development of the state. Voters in Srikakulam, Rayalseema and other backward regions may have felt short changed. So, Naidu, who could well vanish from public vision, needs to do some introspection.

The division of the state raised the aspiration of voters (conscientization as some pundits say). But there was a mismatch between people’s expectation and delivery.

That does not seem to be the case in Telangana, with Telangana Chief Minister K C Chandrashekar Rao likely to wrest power for a second time in the state. Voters have been happy with schemes for farmers—the Rythu Bandhu scheme — Farmers’ Investment Support Scheme– to support farmer’s investment for two crops a year, and a slew of irrigation schemes. Governance, it appears, has not taken a back seat.

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Both YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Naidu promised freebies for AP voters. But Reddy had raised questions on the failure of Naidu to secure a special package for Andhra Pradesh to recover from bifurcation through-out the campaign.

Will the BJP government at the Centre honour the commitments that include funds to build Amaravati, and complete the Polavaram irrigation project, and ensure just apportionment of the assets and liabilities? Jagan Mohan Reddy will have to work hard to deliver on his promises and raise governance in the state over the next five years to meet the aspirations of voters, especially the young.



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