Amaravati: Notwithstanding the big win in gram panchayat elections, the YSRC will face a tough test in the upcoming elections to urban local bodies as these will be fought on party symbols.
Municipal elections will put an end to the debate on the performance of the government in the last two years as almost all major cities and towns are going to the elections.
Winning major corporations, particularly Greater Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool will be crucial for YSRC as these cities are linked with the YSRC government’s three capital cities move.
Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had recently told the senior officials that his government had already completed one-third of its term and it is time to gear up speed with performance.
Although YSRC leaders are confident of repeating the success rate the party achieved in gram panchayat elections, field-level leaders are of the view that more hard work is needed to win municipal elections.
“The State Election Commission helped us a lot by holding panchayat elections a little ahead of municipal elections as the party’s massive victories in rural areas has set the mood even in urban areas. Otherwise, it would have been a really difficult task,” said a legislator from Guntur city.
Legislators are hopeful of reaping rich dividends in municipal areas as they have distributed house sites to several people. YSRC is also banking on schemes like Amma Vodi to win over women voters.
“Civic infrastructure is a big issue in towns and cities. We have rarely seen the intellectuals who criticise the poor civic infrastructure exercising their franchise in civic polls,” said Dr Subramanyam, a retired professor.
TDP, which has struggled to make an impact in the panchayat polls, is leaving no stone unturned to win the municipal elections as it fears the party may otherwise become irrelevant.
TDP, however, believes that a good percentage of voters who backed YSRC in the general elections are likely to choose TDP or back the BJP-Jana Sena combine, making it difficult for YSRC.