The party has appointed coordinators in several Assembly constituencies. The coordinators have been claiming to be the party’s candidates. As the party is way ahead of others in its winning chances, there is a heavy demand for tickets. With the appointment of the coordinators, several aspirants are turning dissidents.
In Guntur district, coordinators were appointed for 12 of the 17 constituencies. As there were claims from two strong communities, the party appointed one coordinator from each of the communities for 4 constituencies. Repalle constituency represented by the jailed former minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana was kept vacant. As no coordinator was appointed there, it is being said that Mopidevi who is totally unhappy with the way Congress allowed him to be arrested and saved other ministers, might contest next election on YSRCP ticket. Mopidevi’s supporters are angry that their leader was sent to jail, while Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao got the total support of the Chief Minister and the cabinet. They are also pointing that so far the government had not allowed CBI to even touch the other ministers Sabita Indra Reddy, Geeta Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, though the Supreme Court has issued notices to them for issuing 20 controversial GOs that favoured Jagan. It is in this context, the YSRCP keeping the Repalle seat vacant is giving rise to speculations that Mopidevi might contest as the party’s candidate from there.
Though the party is in a strong position, observers feel that it has to contain dissidence as there are many aspirants for each seat.
Party official spokesperson Ambati Rambabu was appointed coordinator of Sattenapalli constituency. He is already facing dissidence. Several strong leaders like Nalanda educational institutions owner Vara Prasada Reddy, District Library Authority former chairman Chitta Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy and several others have been aspiring for the seat. They and their men are worried that they might not get seat.
It is in this context that some unidentified persons called up threatened to kill Ambati and threatened to kill him, if he stepped into the constituency. Ambati reported this to the Sattenapalli police.
The party also caused confusion to former senior TDP leader Umma Reddy Venkateswarlu who recently joined the YSR Congress. While appointing him as the coordinator for the Tenali constituency, the party also appointed former MLA Gudibandi Venkata Reddy’s brother China Venkata Reddy as the coordinator. Now Ummareddy’s group is worried if he would get party ticket.