YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is not in a hurry to make his way into the Telangana, but wants to go in a systematic way to capture as many seats as possible in this region.
Knowing his limitations of not taking a clear stand on the Telangana statehood issue, Jagan is said to be moving his pawns very carefully. He is in the process of identifying safe seats where the Telangana sentiment is not very strong and hence, there are more chances of winning.Most of these seats are in and around Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, parts of Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts closer to Rayalaseema and Andhra regions.
For example, the YSR Congress party has fair chances of winning Secunderabad, Secunderabad Cantonment, Jubilee Hills, Khairatabad, Kukatpally, Serilingampally, Uppal and L B Nagar constituencies in Hyderabad, besides Parigi, Rajendranagar, Vikarabad and Tandur constituencies in Ranga Reddy district.
Similarly, the party would focus on bagging Alampur, Atmakur and Kodangal constituencies in Mahbubnagar, which are closer to Kurnool district in Rayalaseema. In Nalgonda district, too, Jagan has the possibility of capturing Nagarjunasagar (closer to Macherla in Guntur), Nalgonda (Komatireddy factor), Nakirekal and Kodad where the Telangana sentiment is not very high.
“If Jagan party can win at least 25-30 seats in the Telangana region, it will definitely come to power in the state in 2014 elections. This is of course, only if the state remains united. If the Centre decides to bifurcate the state, then Jagan would have to confine his power only to the Seemandhra region,” an analyst said.