The YSR Congress Party, led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Thursday stormed to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory, winning 148 seats in the 175-member Assembly. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) was leading in two other constituencies. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which was in power, bit the dust across the state, only bagging 19 seats so far while being ahead in 5 other seats.
On its electoral debut, actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party (JSP) won just a single seat. The actor himself lost both the seats he contested. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had four seats in the previous Assembly, drew a blank this time while Congress could not open its account in the second successive election in the truncated state.
Dashing all hopes of Chief Minister and TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, the YSRCP wrested power with a massive mandate. “This mandate has come out with tremendous amount of responsibility and I will make sure that I will live up to the expectations,” Jagan told reporters amid loud cheers by hundreds of his supporters who had gathered at his residence in Amaravati. With this it’s a new reign in Kerala putting an end to Chandrababu Naidu’s power as the kingmaker in AP.