They called themselves as semi-finalists. They described themselves as referendum on Congress government led by Kiran Kumar Reddy.
But towards the end of the hectic campaign, the party was more than satisfied and exuded confidence of a clean sweep in 18 by-poll seats and Nellore Lok Sabha constituency.
‘People will give a decisive verdict on June 12. No doubt, we will win with more than two-thirds majority of all the seats,’ said several leaders of the party.
Some leaders felt that the arrest of Jagan had come as a boon in disguise. This has pushed Vijayamma- Sharmila duo to hit the campaign trail and the massive turn out at each and every road show surprised YSRCP leaders.
Sharmila, in particular, received wide public attention and became a star campaigner for the party in the absence of her brother.
Vijayamma’s mention of her husband’s ‘mysterious death’ rattled the Congress who were forced to explain and resort to counter attacks. ‘No doubt, sympathy factor will fetch us a windfall of votes,’ a party leader said.
Party expects tough fight at Narsapuram, Prathipadu, Polavaram, Parkal and Payakaraopet. ‘But a split in votes would eventually turn things in favour of our candidates,’ felt a senior spokesperson.
In Parkal, Konda Surekha faces an uphill task from Bhikshapati of TRS though she hopes BJP candidate would slice some chunk of TRS vote.
YSRCP is confident of good show in all Rayalaseema constituencies. ‘In coastal AP, the caste factor on which TDP banks heavily, will split to benefit us,’ said Gattu Ramachandra Rao, spokesperson of the party.
‘Congress is already in a distress mood. They are ready with answers for the drubbing they are going to face. All they can say is that the winners are former Congressmen. But a post-poll scenario will land them in deep trouble,’ said Roja, who campaigned in all the segments.
‘Now we are concentrating more on polling day management. There is every possibility of Congress luring our polling agents as they are in power.
We have taken extra care and deployed more than two agents at each booth,’ said Jupudi Prabhakara Rao, a leader.
‘Congress and TDP says this is war between corruption and purity in public life. They maligned Jagan to the maximum extent and put him in jail. So far, not even a single allegation of quid pro quo is proved. People will give a befitting reply to this witch hunt,’ said Bajireddy Govardhan, member of the central committee.
The YSR Congress Party strongly expects a realignment of forces after the polls and expects a mass exodus from Congress and TDP.