Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party on Saturday, paving the way for him to assume the office of Chief Minister of the state.
Jagan will take oath as the Chief Minister of the state on May 30 at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada.
“The YSR legislative party (YSRLP) meeting was held at the camp of office of YS Jagan in Amaravati at 11.15 am. All the 151 MLAs newly elected for AP Assembly attended the meeting,” the YSRCP said in a statement.
Senior YSRCP leader and MLA from Chipurupalli AC (Vizianagaram district) Botsa Satyanarayana proposed Jagan’s name as the leader of YSRLP.
While addressing the YSRLP meeting, Jagan took a jibe at the outgoing Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
“The fate of Chandrababu Naidu proves that God will punish those who act without justice. Chandrababu had purchased and grabbed 23 MLAs and 3 MPs of YSRCP in 2014. But now in 2019, his party TDP is left with 23 MLAs and 3 MPs. God alone can write such great script and do such a wonderful poetic justice,” he said.
According to the statement released by the party, Jagan also held parliamentary party meeting in which all the 22 newly elected MPs and existing Rajya Sabha MPs were present.
“Jagan suggested the MPs to work hard to achieve the special category status for Andhra Pradesh. He suggested the MPs that one should have credibility and confidence in political policies and should not change stand once coming into power,” said the statement released by the party.
Later in the day, he went to Hyderabad where he met Governor ESL Narsimhan and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Party sources said that Jagan invited KCR for his swearing-in ceremony to be held in Vijayawada.
The 14th Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly was dissolved on Saturday after the notification in this regard was issued by Governor ESL Narasimhan.
The notification states: “In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (2) (b) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India, ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, on the advice of the Council of Ministers, hereby dissolve the fourteenth legislative assembly with immediate effect.”
The YSRCP got an absolute majority in 175-member strong Assembly, ousting N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from power in the state. The party won 151 seats out of 175, whereas TDP’s strength was drastically reduced from 102 in the 2014 Assembly elections to a mere 23.
YSRCP polled 49.9 per cent votes, while TDP got a 39.2 per cent vote share. One seat went to the Jana Sena Party led by actor-turn politician Pawan Kalyan.
Naidu submitted his resignation to Governor Narasimhan on Thursday after he lost the polls.
YSRCP also bagged 22 Lok Sabha seats out of 25 in the state, while TDP could get only three seats.