States of Union: Andhra Pradesh
Among all the states, Andhra Pradesh will witness the most upheaval in the coming Lok Sabha elections after it was bifurcated into Telangana, which will become the 29th state of the country. In the 2009 general elections, Congress Party won 33 out of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra but a question mark hangs over the party’s prospects in the 2014 elections.
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from his post and quit Congress to form a new political outfit in protest against the creation of Telagana and many party MPs from the state openly revolted against the Congress-led UPA’s decision on Telangana. However, the oldest party of the country has played its cards shrewdly, and the way it pushed the bill for the creation of Telangana in the parliament, clearly demonstrates how important the state is for the Congress.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by K. Chandrashekhar Rao has been at the forefront of the agitation for the creation of Telangana and the party will look to add to the 2 seats it won in the 2009 elections after the ‘victory’ it achieved when the Telangana bill was passed by the Parliament. YSR Congress Party, founded by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, will make its debut in the general elections.
Jagan has always opposed the bifurcation of the state and this has made the party popular in the Seemandhra region, which according to analysts, will bring in votes for the fledgling party. Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which trounced the Congress in the 1984 and 1999 general elections, has hit a low in the last two parliamentary polls when it won just 5 seats (2004) and 6 seats (2009).
TDP is up against its traditional rival the Congress and a resurgent TRS, both riding on the successful creation of Telangana. It also cannot discount the challenge posed by YSR Cong, which has grabbed lot of attention in three years since its inception.
|Andhra Pradesh: Election History|
|Year||Party||Highest Seats Won||Total Seats|
|1957||Indian National Congress||37||43|
|1962||Indian National Congress||34||43|
|1967||Indian National Congress||35||41|
|1971||Indian National Congress||28||41|
|1977||Indian National Congress||41||42|
|1980||Indian National Congress||41||42|
|1984||Telugu Desam Party||30||42|
|1989||Indian National Congress||39||42|
|1991||Indian National Congress||25||42|
|1996||Indian National Congress||22||42|
|1998||Indian National Congress||22||42|
|1999||Telugu Desam Party||29||41|
|2004||Indian National Congress||29||42|
|2009||Indian National Congress||33||42|
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