13 June, 2021

Slow Road To Perdition

The Congress may be in power, but its prospects begin to seem dim and dimmer

Slow Road To Perdition

It has been the lifeline of the Congress, sending the largest contingent—33 MPs—to the Lok Sabha. The Congress unit in Andhra Pradesh has pioneered the most successful model of the capitalist-politician, providing manpower and money power to the party at the national level. But soon, it appears, there’ll be nothing left to give.

The post-YSR saga of the grand old party goes from tragedy to farce. Three years after YSR’s death the CBI chargesheeted his son, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, in some corruption cases last week. This comes after the recent wipeout of the Congress in the bypolls in Telangana and Kovur. Its chances look as bad for the forthcoming byelections to 18 seats, forced by the resignations of MLAs who have since joined Jagan’s party, the YSR Congress.

Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, or YSR, who died in a helicopter crash, came back to power in 2009, when assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held simultaneously. The Telugu Desam had been reduced to five Lok Sabha seats. Now, the Telangana Rashtra...

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