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Steering debt-ridden state is Jagan’s biggest challenge

The YSR Congress made a clean sweep in the Assembly polls held in Andhra Pradesh giving a massive blow to the Telugu Desam, as predicted by the numerous exit polls conducted by various agencies and media houses.
The irony is that TDP chief N.Chandrababu Naidu had been time and again calling upon the party cadre to ensure such a defeat to the YSRCP that it would not be eligible to sit in the Opposition and the wish came true for his party, giving a thumping victory to the YSRCP.
 
Surprisingly, this is the first time that the TDP had gone to the polls alone and never in its history was it trounced so badly. With just 21 of the total 175 MLA seats in its kitty, the TDP suffered a humiliating defeat.
 
YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s victory is undisputed but this does not mean that he had won in the complete sense. The electorate had voted to Jagan hoping he would be able to give them good governance and properly channelize administration in some areas where the TDP chief had failed.
 
However, the debt-ridden AP which is already running in deficit budget requires serious action than words to be put on the path of development. Important projects like Polavaram, building the capital city of Amaravati, developing the state on all the fronts like industry and IT sector should be taken up with commitment and put on the fast track. 
 
Jagan can retain power in the next elections only if he proves his mettle and lives up to the expectations of the electorate. He has to clearly make the people understand his vision for which he has to be more active and sharp than Naidu. At the same time, he has to focus on getting funds sanctioned by the Centre for the state’s development.
 
Though the special category status for the state has not been included in the YSRCP manifesto, Jagan has to make it appear that he is putting in efforts even in that area. He should never be satisfied with what he had already achieved, instead, he should surge ahead with renewed vigour throughout his tenure to go to the people seeking “one more chance”, which should be the YSRC’s slogan for the 2024 elections.
 

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