YSRCP releases MLAs & MPs list: Caste plays a key role in selection of candidates

Just as the caste equations tilted the scales during the selection of candidates by the Telugu Desam Party, the YSR Congress too bowed to the pressure from different communities and chose party the  candidates to appease the respective social groups.
The party set a new record by being the first in the state to declare the names of its candidates for all the 175 Assembly seats and the 25 LS seats for the upcoming elections.  After paying tributes to his father and former CM late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at their family estate Idupulapaya, Jagan declared the list of candidates. Later, Jagan headed to Visakhapatnam district where he addressed a public meeting, kickstarting his poll campaign.

While Reddys dominated the list, Jagan said that their party had given 41 tickets to BC candidates with an aim to bring them into the mainstream politics. The party also granted tickets to five Muslims, one more than what they had given in 2014. 
Addressing the media, he said that four Lok Sabha (LS) tickets were given to women, which is 16 per cent of the total seats. The party also fielded seven BC  candidates for 20 unreserved LS constituencies. This seems to be a move to counter the Jana Sena which is likely to secure the Kapu votes. It is learnt that Jagan has been considering the names of the BC candidates for specific constituencies for the last six  months. 
LS tickets were denied to three of its MPs in the previous Lok Sabha including Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Y.V. Subba Reddy and V. Varaprasad Reddy. They were replaced with  Adala Prabahakar Reddy (Nellore), Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy (Ongole) and Balli Durgaprasad Rao (Tirupati). Varaprasad Reddy, who was Tirupati MP, is now fielded for the Gudur (SC) Assembly seat.
Fomer MP Vanga Geeta, who joined the YSRC just a day ago before the list was released was fielded from Kakinada. Businessman Potluri Vara Prasad (PVP), who is making a political debut, was fielded from the Vijayawada Parliamentary constituency.
Only two of the candidates elected as MPs in 2014 were retained in the list. For the remaining 23 seats, new candidates were selected. Similarly, four sitting legislators were denied tickets to give space to new persons, suitable for those segments.

MP's List:


Photo Gallery