It looks like YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and his party MLAs have more or less decided to vote for United Progressive Alliance candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential elections scheduled to be held on July 19.
There was a talk initially that Jagan party might abstain from voting as it does not want to vote for the veteran Congress leader because of the witch-hunting attitude of the Congress high command towards him. At the same time, it will not be able vote for National Democratic Alliance candidate P A Sangma, as it would send wrong signals to the minorities in the state. So, the best way is to abstain from the voting.
However, with Jagan filing a bail petition in the Supreme Court in which he requested that he should be allowed to vote in the Presidential elections, it is now evident that the party would definitely participate in the voting, instead of abstaining from it. So, which way the party would go? Party sources say Jagan would not go with the NDA candidate under any circumstances, as was made clear by him on several occasions. So, the only option is Pranab Mukherjee.
Sources say though Jagan is treating the Congress party with contempt, he has a lot of regard for Pranab because of the latter’s personal friendship with late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. So, Jagan party would vote for Pranab on this pretext of personal relationship between him and the YSR family, sources added.