YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who has been completely depending on the team of his advisor and political strategist Prashant Kishor for working out election strategies, is understood to have entrusted it with the task of poaching important leaders from other parties into the YSRC.As the elections are fast approaching, weakening the ruling Telugu Desam Party is one of the many strategies the YSRC has to adopt to win the elections.
The party is said to be identifying potential leaders in the TDP and lure them into the YSRC at crucial juncture. These are the leaders who have bleak chances of getting the TDP ticket in the next elections.There have been reports of late that TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu might deny party tickets to at least 40-45 sitting MLAs and replace them with new faces.“Naturally, these leaders will revolt against the TDP and cause considerable damage to its prospects in the next elections by contesting as rebel candidates. We have to lure them into our party. Though we may not be able to give tickets to all of them, we can make use of them to damage the TDP by offering them money and other positions,” a party leader said.
As part of the strategy, the PK team is learnt to have contacted Chirala MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan to bring him into the YSRC. Amanchi himself declared that the PK team members had met him twice.Apparently, they reportedly told him that he might not get the TDP ticket again, but the YSRC was ready to give him the ticket, because Amachi has his own strength in the constituency.However, Amanchi says he has not entertained the PK team members, who wanted to test his mind and cash in on his popularity.
Similar attempts are said to be underway to lure the potential TDP leaders into the YSRC.