The making of a Chief Minister “JAGAN”

Amaravati, May 23: A whiff of fresh wind with the wafting aroma of decisiveness has swept Andhra Pradesh when results of 2019 general elections were announced and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has steered his Party to a landslide leaving the opposition crestfallen and at a loss for words.
So decisive was the mandate that the Party won 151 of the 175 assembly seats and 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats pitching in a new chapter in the history of Andhra Pradesh polity as the people wanted change and were vexed with the corrupt practices of the previous government.
The decisive mandate was not conjured up overnight, but has the bearing and hard work of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who was with the people during the past five years and it was Jagan with people and people with Jagan always. He was in constant interaction with people and taking up their cause at every available forum and avenue fighting for justice.
In continuation of the struggle, came the real harbinger in the form of 3,648 km mass contact programme Praja Sankalpa Yatra where YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had interacted with all sections of the society and gave a patient ear to their plight. Electioneering came close on the heels of the Padayatra and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy became the most sought after leader as the campaign song Ravali Jagan Kavali Jagan reverberated across the State.
The Padayatra has given inputs from various sections of what they wanted and it was the basis on which the Party manifesto was drafted with Navaratnas, as announced during the Party Plenary session, also glittering in the simply written and widely displayed planner.
Starting with the manifesto, the thundering campaigning of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has baffled the main opposition TDP which has pulled out its manifesto from its official website as the pointed questions of the YSRCP President were hurting them badly.
The Leader has announced that his Party manifesto will be widely displayed at all venues, point by point, blow by blow all promises will be fulfilled and people can vouch for it, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said and went ahead with his programmes.
Drawing a contrast between the two Chief Minister the divided Andhra Pradesh has seen, it started with the manifesto itself one telling that it will be available to one and all while the other pulling out from the public domain fearing a backlash and the promises not being fulfilled.
While Jagan Mohan Reddy has kept his word and increased pensions to Rs 2,250 as the first signature after assuming office, Chandrababu Naidu instead of waiving farmer and Women Groups loans, has formed a Committee to look into the feasibility of the loan waiver thus slipping in Act I, Scene I.
While TDP leader has made tall promises on various planks and platforms, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had shown the functioning of government by transparency, transferring money directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
The first Collectors’ Conference shows the stark contrast between the two Chief Ministers with YS Jagan Mohan Reddy telling not to spare anyone if found guilty while his predecessor telling the administrative machinery to safeguard the cadre of the Party as they were the persons who work at ground level.
When the first year is nearing completion, there was Styrene gas leak from LG Polymers plant at Vizag. The Chief Minister was prompt to press official machinery into service and announced Rs 1 core exgratia to the kin of the deceased family. Not just announcing but the amount was handed over in a matter of days and this has never happened before.
Putting TDP leader in the same situation when there was loss of life due to gas leak in ONGC during his tenure, the previous government after holding many rounds of talks with the Centre and the company has released its share of Rs 2 lakhs after others agreed to their share of Rs 25 lakhs.
Character stands by and will be remembered for generations to come as YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at that time had demanded Rs 1 crore compensation for the ONGC incident but his demand was not considered.
‘Unless the compensation is high, the fear does not sink into the management and there is every chance for being lax. In the course of imposing prohibition the price of liquor was increased by 75% and availability was restricted which is a clear example that strict laws will yield results,’ the Chief Minister says.
During Godavari Pushkarams as well, there was loss of human life and the issue was hushed up under Committee Reports and no justice was done to the family members who had died in an accident which occurred as the previous Chief Minister did not adhere to the rules.
The TDP ran the government as an enterprise while, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been shaping it into a welfare state, the shortcomings notwithstanding. TDP wanted to put all eggs in one basket and was heavily concentrating on the central region while the young Chief Minister stands form for decentralized development.
While it was showmanship, publicity and media hype that has created an imaginary aura and made people believe that all is well, the bubble has burst as the reality driven, practical and caring Chief Minister YS Jagana Mohan Reddy taking over the reins and addressing all sections with the results being tangible for everyone to see.

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