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YSR Congress Party

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YSR Congress Party
LeaderY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
PresidentY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
ChairpersonY. S. Vijaya Lakshmi
Secretary-GeneralV. Vijayasai Reddy
Parliamentary ChairpersonV. Vijayasai Reddy
Lok Sabha leaderP. V. Midhun Reddy
Rajya Sabha leaderV. Vijayasai Reddy
FounderY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Founded12 March 2011 (8 years ago) (2011-03-12)
HeadquartersYSR Congress Party, State Office, 38-8-53A Beside Swagruha Foods, Bandar Road, Vijayawada 520010 India
Student wingYSRCP Student wing
Youth wingYSRCP Youth wing
Women's wingYSRCP Women's wing
Colours Blue
ECI StatusState party [1]
Seats in Lok Sabha
22 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
2 / 245
Seats in Andhra Pradesh
Number of states and union territories in government
1 / 31
Election symbol
Indian Election Symbol Ceiling Fan.svg

YSR Congress Party,[2] an acronym for Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party which literally means Youth, Labour and Farmer's Congress Party, is an Indian regional political party in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Currently, its president is Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the son of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (popularly known as YSR).[3] Both YSR and Jaganmohan Reddy (called Jagan by his followers) had been members of the Indian National Congress.[4] Jagan was also elected as the national president of YSR congress.[5]


After the sudden death of the then-incumbent Chief Minister Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash in September 2009,[6] his son Jaganmohan Reddy, the incumbent MP from Kadapa, started an Odarpu Yatra (condolence tour) across Andhra Pradesh, supposedly to console the families of those who had committed suicide or died of shock after the death of his father. This tour was not supported by the Congress leadership.[7] Congress President Sonia Gandhi claimed the rising volatile situation in the state regarding the Telangana issue as the main reason for opposing the "Odarpu Yatra". Defying the Congress High Command's order to call off the tour, Jagan went ahead with the first leg of the "Odarpu Yatra" in the West Godavari and Khammam districts from in April 2010.[8] The refusal of Sonia Gandhi and the defiance of Jagan Mohan reddy is taken as being apocryphal and there are many stories which mention that Jagan fabricated this story to garner sympathy from the masses which he readily did in the forthcoming elections.

Meanwhile, Sakshi TV news channel and Sakshi newspaper, had been continuously criticizing the new Chief Minister Konijeti Rosaiah and the Congress leadership at New Delhi. In a special programme on Sakshi TV to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Congress party, a voice-over made remarks on Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the "current state of affairs" in the State, which invited anger and protests from the Congress loyalists and increased the gap and friction between Jagan and the Congress loyalists.[9] The channel later deleted those remarks in a re-telecast.[citation needed]

Creation of the new party

After accusing the Congress of ill-treating him and creating rifts in his family by luring his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy (younger brother of YSR) with a state ministerial berth in the aftermath of the death of his father, Jagan and his mother Y. S. Vijaya Lakshmi resigned from the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies respectively and also as members of the Congress in November 2010.[10] [3][11] Many Congress leaders loyal to Jagan also quit the Congress and joined the YSR Congress. This resulted in the weakening of the Congress's strength in both the assembly and the Lok Sabha, necessitating by-elections. In the ensuing by-elections, the party won most of the vacated seats with record-breaking majorities, with many of the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (the main opposition) candidates losing their deposits.[12] The party has a strength of 151 members in the 175-member state assembly and 22 members in the Lok Sabha (out of 25 in AP) as the election results declared on 23 May 2019, simultaneously.[13]

Electoral performance

In March 2012, YSR Congress won the Kovur assembly seat in Nellore district in a by-election.

On 15 June 2012, YSR Congress won the Nellore Lok Sabha seat and 15 of 18 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh. YSR Congress leaders P. Subhash Chandra Bose from Ramachandrapuram constituency of East Godavari district and Konda Surekha from Parakala constituency of Warangal district, both ministers in the YSR cabinet, had switched to YSR Congress party but lost their races.[14]

It lost the 2014 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election. It went for 2019 general elections by appointing Prashant Kishor, a renowned political strategist in Indian elections[15] and emerged as the 5th largest political party in India.

YSR Congress did not contest in Telangana Assembly election 2018.[16]

YSR Congress swept the 2019 Andhra pradesh assembly elections and 2019 General elections by winning 151 out of 175 seats in the assembly and 22 out of the 25 parliamentary seats. There by Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy became the second chief minister(post bifurcation) of Andhra pradesh.

List of Chief ministers

No Name Term of office
1. Y  S JaganMohan Reddy 30 May 2019 Incumbent

Deputy Chief Ministers

No Name Term of office
1. Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose 8 June 2019 Incumbent
2. A. Kali Krishna Srinivas 8 June 2019 Incumbent
3. Pushpasreevani Pamula 8 June 2019 Incumbent
4. K. Narayana Swamy 8 June 2019 Incumbent
5. Amzath Basha Shaik Bepari 8 June 2019 Incumbent

Electoral Performance

Legislative Assembly

Andhra Pradesh Assembly
Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Vote (%) Change of Seats Result
2012 Bypoll,2012 15 18
2014 Assembly election, 2014 67 175 42.10 Increase 55 Opposition
2019 Assembly election, 2019 151 175 49.9[17] Increase 84 Government
Telangana Assembly
Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested
2014 Assembly election, 2014 03 92

Lok Sabha

Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Change of Seats
2012 Indian general election Bypoll, 2012 02 02
2014 2014 Indian general election 09 25 Increase 07
2019 Indian general election, 2019 22 25 Increase 13

See also


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Why YSR Congress?". 2011. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "'YSR Congress' is now Jagan's party - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  4. ^ Rao, A. Srinivasa "Jaganmohan Reddy acquires YSR Congress Party from worker" '''' 17 February 2011. (2011-02-17). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  5. ^ NATIONAL / ANDHRA PRADESH : Jagan is national president of YSR Congress Party. The Hindu (2011-02-22). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  6. ^ "national - News - msn".
  7. ^ "Defiant Jagan to go ahead with 'Odarpu' yatra - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  8. ^
  9. ^ With TV attack on Sonia & PM, Jagan signals it’s time to go. Indian Express (2010-11-21). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  10. ^ "Jagan quits Congress, to float `YSR Congress`". Zee News. 30 November 2010.
  11. ^ Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Jagan is national president of YSR Congress Party. The Hindu (2011-02-22). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  12. ^ "News /National: Jagan quits Congress, Kadapa Lok Sabha seat". The Hindu (2010-11-29). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  13. ^ P, Ashish; DelhiJune 6, ey New; June 6, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 15:55. "Sumitra Mahajan accepts resignation of 5 YSRCP MPs". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  14. ^ "Jagan's YSR Congress wins Nellore Lok Sabha, 15 assembly seats". The Times Of India. 15 June 2012.
  15. ^ NTV Telugu (9 July 2017), YS Jagan Introduces Political Strategist Prashant Kishor @ YSRCP Plenary Meeting 2017 || NTV, retrieved 25 November 2018
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Assembly Election 2019 - Election Commission of India". Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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