YSR Congress Party

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YSR Congress Party
PresidentY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
ChairpersonY. S. Vijaya Lakshmi
Secretary-GeneralV. Vijayasai Reddy
Parliamentary ChairpersonTBA
Lok Sabha leaderTBA
Rajya Sabha leaderV. Vijayasai Reddy
FounderY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Founded12 March 2011 (8 years ago) (2011-03-12)
HeadquartersYSR Congress Party, State Office, D.no 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
Political positionCentre[citation needed]
Colours Blue
ECI StatusState party [1]
Seats in Lok Sabha
22 / 545
[2](currently 541 members + 1 Speaker)
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 [3] (Yuvajana Sramika Raithu Congress) a acronym of Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara which literally means: Youth, Labour and Farmer Congress Party) is a 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).[4] Both YSR and Jaganmohan Reddy (called Jagan by his followers) had been members of the Indian National Congress.[5] Jagan was also elected as the national president of YSR congress.[6]


After the sudden death of the then-incumbent Chief Minister Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash in September 2009,[7] 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. But there were no such cases found on independent investigation. This tour was not supported by the Congress leadership.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] The channel later deleted those remarks in a re-telecast.[citation needed]

Creation of the new party[edit]

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.[11]

They took over the leadership of an existing YSR Congress Party in March 2011, which was founded by Siva Kumar, a Telangana-based advocate and a fan of YSR, in 2009.[4][12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Electoral performance[edit]

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.[15].

It lost the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2014. It went for 2019 general elections by appointing Prashant Kishor, a renowned political strategist in Indian elections[16] and emerged as the 5th largest political party in India.

YSR Congress did not contest in Telangana Assembly election 2018.[17]

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[edit]



Andhra Pradesh Assembly
Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Vote Share(%) Result
2014 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2014 67 175 Opposition
2019 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2019 151 175 49.9[18] Government

Telangana Assembly
Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Vote Share(%)
2014 Telangana Legislative Assembly election, 2014 03 92

Lok Sabha[edit]

Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested
2012 Indian general election Bypoll, 2012 02 02
2014 Indian general election, 2014 09 25
2019 Indian general election, 2019 22 25

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Why YSR Congress?". 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "'YSR Congress' is now Jagan's party - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  5. ^ Rao, A. Srinivasa "Jaganmohan Reddy acquires YSR Congress Party from worker" ''indiatoday.intoday.in'' 17 February 2011. Indiatoday.intoday.in (2011-02-17). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  6. ^ NATIONAL / ANDHRA PRADESH : Jagan is national president of YSR Congress Party. The Hindu (2011-02-22). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  7. ^ "national - News - msn". www.msn.com.
  8. ^ "Defiant Jagan to go ahead with 'Odarpu' yatra - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  9. ^ http://zeenews.india.com/election09/story.aspx?aid=640242
  10. ^ With TV attack on Sonia & PM, Jagan signals it’s time to go. Indian Express (2010-11-21). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  11. ^ "Jagan quits Congress, to float `YSR Congress`". Zee News. 30 November 2010.
  12. ^ Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Jagan is national president of YSR Congress Party. The Hindu (2011-02-22). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  13. ^ "News /National: Jagan quits Congress, Kadapa Lok Sabha seat". The Hindu (2010-11-29). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  14. ^ P, Ashish; DelhiJune 6, ey New; June 6, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 15:55. "Sumitra Mahajan accepts resignation of 5 YSRCP MPs". India Today.
  15. ^ "Jagan's YSR Congress wins Nellore Lok Sabha, 15 assembly seats". The Times Of India. 15 June 2012.
  16. ^ NTV Telugu (9 July 2017), YS Jagan Introduces Political Strategist Prashant Kishor @ YSRCP Plenary Meeting 2017 || NTV, retrieved 25 November 2018
  17. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/ysrcp-not-contest-telangana-elections-pawan-kalyan-still-undecided-91384
  18. ^ "Assembly Election 2019 - Election Commission of India". results.eci.gov.in. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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