It is a landslide victory for Kaddapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress party in the Andhra Pradesh by-polls with the party bagging 15 assembly seats out of 18, including one Nellore Lok Sabha seat.
YSRCP candidate Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy trumped ruling Congress party candidate T. Subbirami Reddy in Nellore helm.
The Congress has managed to win only in two seats, so far in Narsapur, West Godavari district and Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari district. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has won in Parakal constituency with a moderate margin.
YSRCP has bagged Pratipadu, Rayachoti, Nimmagaluru, Udayagiri , Pratipadu, Rajampeta, Narsannapeta, Polavaram, Rayadurgam, Macherla, Railway Koduru, Anantapur Urban, and Allagadda assembly seats.
Andhra Pradesh went to polls for one Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats on June 12 amid high drama in the state over Jagan's arrest in connection with the alleged illegal assets case against him.
Jagan was arrested by the CBI after probing for three successive days, that is for about 22 hours, and was sent to 14 days judicial custody by a court till June 11. However, his jail stay was extended till June 25 based on CBI's request.
His arrest was alleged to be a conspiracy by the ruling Congress in the state to prevent him from campaigning for his party in the by-polls.
As expected, the YSRCP drew the political mileage over the latest political drama. Jagan's party rode to the victory on the sympathy wave over his arrest.
After the huge victory in the by-polls, Jagan's mother Y.S. Vijayamma visited him in the jail in Hyderabad and shared the happiness with him.
Vijayamma took the responsibility of campaining for the YSRCP in the latest by-polls after Jagan was jailed.
Jagan is the son of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, a mass political leader who died in a helicopter crash in 2009. After Rajasekhara's death, Jagan filled his father's place in state political helm along with the Congress party.
However, the party denied the CM's post to him and appointed K Rosiah to head the state. Irked by the decision, Jagan broke ties with the Congress and floated a new outfit in 2010 named after his father, who is popularly known as YSR.