The Nandyala by-elections in Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a peculiar situation. Although the battle – technically – is between Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy and Shilpa Mohan Reddy, the real battle is surrounding in and against Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. As the by-poll is considered as a referendum to the next general elections, the political campaign has been focusing on Jagan.

And majority of Nandyala has been shouting for a ‘boycott of Jagan’. The anti-Jagan solgan has gained momentum especially after the recent public meeting held by YSRCP. Jagan’s ‘shooting’ remarks against CM Chandrababu Naidu seems to have not gone well with many of Nandyala people.

In addition to it, the usual favour of people to the ruling party (TDP) in by-election is expected to come in handy. Apart from it, there has been a strong sentiment among Nandyala people in Bhuma family and Bhuma daughters who lost both their father (Bhuma Nagi Reddy) and mother Shoba Nagi Reddy in a short span. Also CM Naidu’s development agenda is another major factor that is expected to work in favour of TDP in Nandyala by-election.

As TDP is positioning it as hatred politics (YSRCP) Vs development politics (TDP), political analysts predicting a clear advantage for the CBN-led TDP. And of course, Jagan’s personal comments on Naidu often is damaging YSRCP’s prospects. The demand of ‘Boycott Jagan’ has been gaining a lot of heat in Nandyala making a clear way for the TDP. Let’s wait and watch.