Will Jogulamba Sentiment Work Out For Cong?

The Telangana Congress party has kick-started its campaign for the ensuing state assembly elections from the famous Jogulamba temple at Alampur in Gadwal district, contrary to its traditional sentiment of Chevella in Vikarabad district.PCC president Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy and all the senior Congress leaders, led by former minister from Gadwal D K Aruna, performed pujas at Jogulamba temple before addressing a massive public meeting at Gadwal.

Considered to be a Shakthi Peetham, the Jogulamba temple is a powerful place to commence any activity. Since it has a perfect vasthu, people believe that it would fetch good results to whoever starts their campaign here. That is why, the PCC leaders have chosen this temple to start their electioneering.

However, this is in sharp deviation from the earlier sentiments of the Congress party. Former chief minister of combined Andhra Pradesh late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy had a strong sentiment for Chevella town. Whenever he wanted to launch a new programme, whether it was Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP) or free power supply scheme, he used to do it only in Chevella.

He began his marathon and historic padayatra only from Chevella in 2003 and that brought him to power in 2004. His election campaign in 2004 and 2009 was also from Chevella. He used to call former home minister Sabita Indra Reddy as Chevella Chellamma.

But after the untimely demise of YSR in 2009 and the defeat of the Congress party in 2014 elections despite launching the campaign at Chevella, this sentiment seems to have subsided. The Congress leaders felt that the Chevella sentiment might have worked out for YSR but it may not be the case with all the other Congress leaders.

Though Telangana PCC president Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy launched his bus yatra from Chevella on February 26, he had to shift the first election campaign meeting to Jogulamba hoping that the new sentiment will fetch good results in the coming elections.