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Andhra Pradesh witnessing a political game of thrones & who’s winning?

Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a political one of the most populous and politically significant states in India. It has a history of regional parties dominating the state politics. Often aligning with national parties for coalition governments at the Centre. The state has also witnessed several movements for statehood and bifurcation, resulting in the creation of Telangana in 2014.

The current political scenario in Andhra Pradesh Is witnessing a political dominated by two parties: the ruling YSR Congress Party. (YSRCP) led by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. And the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) led by former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The YSRCP came to power in 2019 with a landslide victory, winning 151 out of 175 seats. In the state assembly and 22 out of 25 seats in the Lok Sabha. (the lower house of the Indian parliament) The TDP, which was in power from 2014. To 2019, was reduced to 23 seats in the assembly and three seats in the Lok Sabha.

The YSRCP government has been implementing several welfare schemes. And populist measures, such as providing free electricity to farmers, distributing house.Site pattas (land ownership documents)to the poor, enhancing pensions and financial assistance. To various sections of society, and launching a village and ward secretariat system.To decentralize governance and deliver public services at the grassroots level. 

On the other hand, the YSRCP government has also been pursuing several controversial policies. Such as reversing some of the decisions taken by the previous TDP. Regime,such as cancelling or renegotiating contracts with private companies, shifting the state capital from. AmaravatiTo three cities (Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and Amaravati), and initiating legal actions. Against some of the TDP leaders and bureaucrats on charges of corruption and irregularities.

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The TDP, on the other hand, has been accusing the YSRCP government of being autocratic, vindictive, inefficient and anti-development. The party has been highlighting the issues of farmers’ distress, unemployment, economic slowdown, law and order deterioration. And violation of constitutional norms and federal principles by the state government. The TDP has been opposing the move to shift the state capital from Amaravati, which was envisioned as a world-class city by Naidu.

The TDP, as the main opposition party, has a responsibility to act as a constructive and credible alternative to the ruling party. However, it also faces several difficulties and dilemmas, such as reviving its organizational base and cadre morale, attracting new allies and supporters from different sections of society.

The role of other parties, such as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power.At the center but has a marginal presence in Andhra Pradesh.The Indian National Congress (INC), which was once a dominant force in Andhra Pradesh but lost its relevance after bifurcation; and other regional parties like Jana Sena Party (JSP) led by actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan; is also crucial in shapin

The political landscape of Andhra Pradesh. witnessing a political These parties.May try to expand their base or form alliances with either YSRCP or TDP or both depending on their interests and strategies.

Therefore, it is worth watching how the political game of thrones will now be played with every party coming up with newly branded strategies to woo voters. Who will the throne belong to this time in Andhra? You never know!

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Tejaswini Pagadala

Communications Consultant: TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.
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