Andhra to play king-maker in Indias elections

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Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh with 42 Lok Sabha seats holds the key to the next government in Delhi. It was Andhra that made UPA I and UPA II possible under the astute Y S R Reddy. With Reddy dead in a chopper crash and Jaganmohan Reddy alienated and the region of Seemandhra fretting and fuming against the bifurcation, the Congress fortunes have eclipsed – the legacy to be carried on by C S R Rao in Telangana and Jaganmohan in Seemandhra.

In Seemandhra whoever wins – Chandrababu Naidu of TDP or Jaganmohan of YSR Congress – will support Modi at Centre, which means at least 22 out of 25 seats going to BJP. In Telangana, C S R Rao is reckoned to get at least 10 out of 17 seats, which makes 32 seats easily available for the Modi camp – since Rao is open to supporting whichever party that comes to power in Centre.

Interestingly, Congress that bagged 33 out of 42 seats in 2009 will hand them over to BJP on a platter because of the goof-up of its leadership, which witnessed one of the ugliest scenes in Parliament.

Andhra Pradesh is among the top 4 Indian states with the highest number of representatives in Parliament (After UP- 80, Maharashtra- 48 and West Bengal- 42). In Telangana, 265 candidates are in fray for the Lok Sabha polls while 1,669 candidates are in fray for the Assembly polls. According to state chief electoral officer Bhanwar Lal, a total number of 598 candidates to the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies and 3,912 candidates to the 294 Assembly constituencies of the undivided Andhra Pradesh have been contesting the polls.