Most of the opposition leaders admit that they prefer state-wise alliances rather than a national alliance to strengthen their cadre base. Post-poll strategies could be worked out depending on the numbers, they say.
YS Jaganmohan Reddy (YSJR), 46, son of former erstwhile Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy (YSR), has emerged as the giant killer in the 2019 Andhra elections to both the Lok Sabha and State Assembly polls.
'When you win, EVMs are alright. But when you lose, allegations about EVM manipulation arise. This kind of pessimistic attitude of the opposition will hurt the Constitution,' Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan hits out at the Opposition.
Pollsters by and large project serious setback to Naidu-led TDP. While some give just 4-6 seats, others 12-16, and for Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) a clear edge, bagging 15-18 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
Voting will take place in 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.