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Reddy, Still Steady

"If the Congress comes back to power, give me credit; if it loses, hold me responsible," he had said...

Reddy, Still Steady
Reddy, Still Steady
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Soon after finalising the list of candidates for the 2009 assembly and Lok Sabha polls, Andhra Pradesh CM Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had cryptically commented: "If the Congress comes back to power, give me credit; if it loses, hold me responsible." Pollsters and political analysts had dismissed this as "arrogance" and said that his "dictatorial style" of functioning would spell doom for the party in the state. Reddy had kept quiet then but responded on May 16 with truly astonishing numbers. In almost a repeat of ’04, he not only ensured that the Congress forms a government on its own in the state with 150-plus seats, but has also contributed substantially to the formation of a UPA government at the Centre with 33 MPs.

What makes this Andhra victory special is that there were too many hurdles this time round for the Congress. It had lost the grand alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the CPI and the CPI(M) to the TDP-led ‘mahakootami’ (grand alliance). Besides, it had to counter the frenzied launch of Chiranjeevi’s Praja...

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