In poll mode, Jagan asks cadre to tell public ‘Jagananna is our future’

This follows the Gadapa Gadapa Ku Mana Prabhuthvam and the Gruha Saradhi initiatives to reach the grass root levels before the elections.

BySNV Sudhir

Published Feb 14, 2023 | 12:01 AM Updated Feb 14, 2023 | 12:05 AM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at a party meeting attended by MLAs, ministers, coordinators, regional coordinators, and district unit presidents on Monday, 13 February, 2023. (Supplied)

YSRCP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy got into “poll mode” on Monday, 13 February, though the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are 14 months away.

After “Gadapa Gadapa Ku Mana Prabhuthvam”, as part of which the party’s elected representatives have been visiting every household in their respective segments, Jagan on Monday unveiled yet another outreach programme — “Jagananna Ma Bhavishyathu” ( Loose translation: Jagananna is our future).

At an extended party meeting attended by MLAs, ministers, coordinators, regional coordinators, and district unit presidents at the YSRCP camp office in the Guntur district on Monday, Jagan told them that the cadre — led by the newly-appointed 5.6 lakh-odd Gruha Saradhis and secretariat-level party convenors — should visit 1.65 crore households during the campaign between 18 and 26 March, spending time with families and explaining the slew of welfare programmes being implemented by the government.

They should explain to the people how the government was providing a transparent administration and taking the state forward with development compared to the TDP rule, he told them.

Gruha Saradhis being rolled out

Jagan in December laid out an ambitious plan to have an extensive and expansive ground network for the party that would micromanage voters and brings them to the polling booth on the day of the election.

He decided to have a strong party network of 5.2 lakh “Gruha Saradhis” across the 15,000-odd villages in every nook and corner of Andhra Pradesh.

The plan also envisioned 45,000 conveners who would coordinate the party work with them.

For every 50 families in the state, one male and one female party cadre would be in charge. They would be called “Gruha Saradhi”.

They would carry the party’s message, besides providing publicity materials.

The Gruha Saradhi network is being seen as a similar network of “Panna Pramukh” — head of a page in the electoral rolls of the BJP — that has been helping the saffron party win elections, like in Uttar Pradesh and the recent polls in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat.

As of Friday, around 5 lakh Gruha Saradhis had already been appointed, said sources, adding that the remaining would be appointed by 16 February.

Training had also been apparently completed for the first batch of party convenors and Gruha Saradhulu in 387 mandals, while the training for the second batch would be held from 14 to 19 February.

On Monday, Jagan asked the MLAs to participate in the training camps and motivate the party convenors and Gruha Saradhis, and take up party programmes at the field level when the training was completed.

The Indian Political Action Committee, which conducted several such grassroots-level party activities and poll campaigns in the run-up to the 2019 polls for the YSRCP, designed the “Gruha Saradhi” concept and was expected to ensure that the ground network interacts with the families in their respective clusters.

Gadapa Gadapaku programme in 7,447 secretariats

Also reviewing the Gadapa Gadapaku mass contact programme, he stressed that it was very important, and that party leaders should complete it in the stipulated time.

The party cadre should also explain to the people the “false propaganda” of the pro-TDP media, which is trying to hoodwink the people and denigrate the image of the government for political gains, he added.

The chief minister was informed that the MLAs had so far completed the Gadapa Gadapaku programme in 7,447 secretariats.

He asked the district party presidents, MLAs, and constituency observers to work in unison and bring victory to the party candidates in the forthcoming MLC elections being held for graduate and teachers’ constituencies.

Australia MPs meet Jagan

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Australian Labor Party’s MPs from the Victoria state met Jagan on Monday.

A series of discussions were held on synergies that could be created related to energy, education, and skills-development sectors.

“We have a lot of commonalities in terms of policies of education and a vision for getting some synergies between skills so that we can assist each other in the area. We’ve had a discussion on energy and renewables. I have been hearing of the interesting initiatives taken up by the government in terms of wind and solar energy with the advancements that have been made here” said MP Lee Tarlamis.

Another MP, Matthew Fregon, said “The synergies between the states were evident and the chief minister was very generous with his time. The dialogue going forward will be generous to us all. The policies we are bringing regarding the primary changes under school programs, our goals are similar.”