Record-breaking win for Jagan in Kadapa election

In a major blow to the Congress, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Y S Vijaya Lakshmi won from Kadapa Parliamentary Constituency and Pulivendula Assembly constituency respectively with record-breaking margins.

The Congress and TDP candidates lost their deposits in Kadapa Lok Sabha as 70 per cent of the votes went to YSR Congress Party's Jagan Mohan and Vijaya Lakshmi. Jagan Mohan's victory spells trouble for the Congress as a rampaging Jagan Mohan is launching his "odarpu yatra" again wherein he will take the state government head-on, while many Congress MLAs may start siding with him openly.

Jagan Mohan won from Kadapa with a margin of 5,21,000 votes while his mother Y S Vijaya Lakshmi won with a majority of 85,191 votes in Pulivendula Assembly constituency. Jagan Mohan polled 6,55,496 votes and won by a margin of 5,21,000 votes which is a record in the state's history. Congress candidate D L Ravindra Reddy who is Minister for Health polled 134496 and TDP candidate M V Mysoora Reddy, senior Rajya Sabha MP, polled 128727 votes. Both lost their deposits. It spells trouble for the Congress and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy as Jagan Mohan is likely to pose more challenges and question his authority.

Riding on a sympathy wave, Vijaya Lakshmi beat her late husband Y S Rajasekhara Reddy¿s May 2009 record margin of 68,312 votes. She polled 1,14,039 votes. She also beat her Congress rival and brother-in-law, Y S Vivekananda Reddy, brother of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who polled only 28,729 votes while the TDP¿s B Ravi who polled 12,051 votes.

In May 2009, Jagan won with a majority of 178,846 votes. He had polled 5,42,611 votes while Palem Srikanth Reddy of TDP secured 363,765 votes. In this election, Jagan Mohan cut into vote shares of both the Congress and TDP taking off huge chunks even in areas perceived to be their strongholds.

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