YSRC Legislature to meet on Saturday; Jagan to take oath as CM on May 30


YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy

YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy

With the YSR Congress all set to wrest power in Andhra Pradesh, its Legislature Party will meet here on Saturday to formally elect Jaganmohan Reddy as its leader, who will be sworn-in as Chief Minister on May 30 at Vijayawada.

Reddy told reporters he would take oath at Vijayawada on May 30 and promised to bring in a governance that the country would stand up and look to.

Earlier, party sources had said the swearing-in would be held at Tirupati on May 30.

The party has won in 14 seats and leading in another 135, according to the latest Election Commission data.

Terming his party’s good show in the state Assembly polls and Lok Sabha elections as a “new chapter” in the history of Andhra Pradesh, Reddy said such a massive mandate came with tremendous amount of responsibility.

“I will make sure that I live up to that expectations. I assure that I will stand by the people of AP and put in every effort that needs to be put in so that history repeats,” he said, referring to his late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddys stint as chief minister of then unified Andhra Pradesh.

“I strongly believe that out of five crore population, God gives just one person the opportunity to become the Chief Minister.

God and people of the state have given me that opportunity. I assure and promise my people of AP that I will bring about that governance this country will stand up and look up,” Reddy said.

He said people had seen his father perform (as Chief Minister).

“He was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2009. I promise that I will do everything in their best interests and the interests of AP.

In six months to one year, I will take every step to become a good CM and will show what good governance is,” the YSRC chief asserted.

“Winning 153 Assembly seats and 25 Lok Sabha seats. ….never seen this kind of victory in AP,” he remarked.

“I sincerely thank the people who overwhelmingly voted for YSRC and blessed it. I also thank them for exercising their franchise in large numbers and enhanced the value of democracy,” Reddy said in a Facebook post earlier.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Reddy over phone and congratulated him. Earlier, he had also posted a congratulatory message to Reddy on Twitter.

“Congratulations of the remarkable win in Andhra Pradesh. Best wishes to you for a successful tenure,” he said.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also congratulated Reddy over the YSRC’s thumping win in the general elections.

Wishing him all the best, Rao hoped he would lead AP further on the path of progress.