YSR Congress decide not to contest Telangana Assembly Polls 'Complete Focus' on 2019 Lok Sabha Elections
Updated:  Nov 10, 2018, 10:59 AM
The YSR Congress decided not to contest the Telangana assembly elections which are on December 7 and keeping its 'complete focus' is on the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh, its actual base.
However, the party said that they will strengthen the party base in Telangana keeping the 2024 elections as their target.
In 2014 elections the YSRC won three assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat, but its elected legislators subsequently switched sides to the ruling TRS.
YSRC Central Committee gave a statement late on Saturday night said the decision not to contest the polls was taken since 'our complete focus' was on the 2019 general elections in Andhra Pradesh.
The statement further added, "Taking into account the happenings (in Telangana) in the last four and a half years, we have decided not to contest the elections in that state".
The upcoming Andhra and 2019 elections are critical for the future of YSRC.
A similar statement came from the Jana Sena Party, the party said it would take a call on fighting the Telangana elections in a few days.
The Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan said, "There is some uncertainty in the party because of the mid-term elections in Telangana. Had the elections been conducted as per schedule (in 2019), we wanted to contest 23 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats".
He also said that some candidates were eager to jump into the fray as independents and sought support from his party. He added, "We will deliberate all aspects and take a decision in a few days".
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