Ground report: As Jagan takes oath, supporters turn up in numbers hopeful of new govt

Thousands of YSRCP followers marched to Vijayawada Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium on Thursday to witness Jagan Mohan Reddy taking oath as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. On the ground, many who witnessed the event said they were hopeful that the promises made to them would be fulfilled and wished for the betterment of their lives.

Many young men wished that Jagan would fulfil the job vacancies and address the unemployment issue in the state. Many also said that Jagan’s Praja Sankalpa Yatra, his 3,648 km-long ‘padayatra’ or walkathon, played a major role in his sweeping win.

One youngster, who donned a YSRCP cap, said, “We wish the state will see industrial development which will provide employment opportunities. There should be employment  hubs in the state which can accommodate graduates soon after they finish their education. He made the promises during his yatra and we believe him.”

Many also came from faraway places to Vijayawada, just to attend the event.

Daveedu J, a daily wage labourer who came from Guntur’s Prathipadu, said that he was exasperated with the earlier government as he couldn’t get the bills for the construction of his ‘pakka’ house, even though he did many rounds of government offices.

“I applied for bills under the government scheme but I was shown empty hands. Only some who belong to a specific group got the benefits of the scheme. That is why I decided to vote for Jagan this time,” Daveed says, hoping that he will be able to get the house of his dreams.

A middle-aged man told this reporter that Jagan’s thumping victory was due to the ‘credibility and trust’ that people placed in him.   

Many also thronged from the state’s Rayalaseema region; where Jagan hails from. Many had come from parts of Prakasam district, which is known for its acute drinking and irrigation water crisis and said that Jagan had guaranteed them “a better tomorrow”. Several mandals in Prakasam are also known to have a fluoride problem.

At least 40 farmers came in a vehicle from Yerragondapalem village in the same district.

“We have trouble even for drinking water. If we don’t get a tanker for a single day, we will have to suffer. Our local MLA candidate promised us that he will ensure speedy completion of pending projects and also start work on new projects,” says J Lakshmi Narayana, one of the farmers.

The presence of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and DMK leader M K Stalin also became talking points among many people in the crowd. When a Muslim cleric who was saying a prayer for Jagan after his swearing-in, wished for Stalin to become the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, people cheered loudly. Many people, especially from the districts of Nellore and Chittoor, which border Tamil Nadu, adore him.There were even louder cheers as KCR began speaking.

KCR, in his speech, congratulated Jagan and the people of Andhra Pradesh for the landslide victory of YSRCP. He said the two Telugu states would work together for their mutual well-being.   

The YSRCP stormed to power in the state last week, bagging 151 seats in the 175-member Assembly. They also swept the Lok Sabha polls, winning 22 out of the 25 seats in the state.

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