The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) led by Jagan Mohan Reddy appeared set to storm to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory. Reddy termed it as the "people's victory" and said he would live up to their expectations.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party is likely to tender his resignation later today.
Trends show the YSRCP is leading in 150 seats in the 175-member Assembly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on the "remarkable" win in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls.
Dear @ysjagan,— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2019
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The newly elected legislators of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh will meet on Saturday to formally elect party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as their leader, party leaders said.
In a facebook post, Reddy said the YSRC's victory was expected.
"I sincerely thank the people who overwhelmingly voted for YSRC and blessed it.
“I also thank them for exercising their franchise in large numbers and enhanced the value of democracy," Jaganmohan Reddy said. "I will live up to the expectations of the people," he promised.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called Reddy over phone and congratulated him over the YSRC's thumping win in the general elections.
Wishing Reddy all the best, Rao hoped he would lead AP further on the path of progress.
Later, talking to the media at his residence here, the YSRC chief congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the BJP's stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
Reddy asserted that his fight for securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh would continue.
He declined to speak about Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The sources said Reddy will take oath as Chief Minister in the temple-town of Tirupati on May 30.
YSRCP was also heading for a clean sweep in the Lok Sabha polls. It was leading in all 25 seats in the state.
Naidu is set to meet the Governor at 5 pm to tender his resignation.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to tender his resignation later today https://t.co/zmT3JAOcdZ— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2019
Ummareddy Venkateswarlu, YSRCP, Andhra Pradesh: Out of 175 assembly seats, YSRCP is leading on 150 seats. Pp have confidence on Jaganmohan Reddy to lead the state. Looking at the loot by N Chandrababu Naidu, the public doesn't want him to rule the state. pic.twitter.com/Y9STeviDgG— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2019
In 2014, YSRCP had bagged 67 Assembly and 8 Lok Sabha seats.