YSRCP, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party, is the party named after the youth, labor, and farmer of the country. It is a political party from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in India. It is led by the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s (better known among his people as YSR) son, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy(adoringly called Jagan by his people) in the year 2011. Both Jagan and YSR at first belonged to the Indian National Congress. YSR Congress elected Jagan as its national president.
While he was the Chief Minister, YSR died in a helicopter crash in the year 2009. His son Jagan, who was a Member of Parliament from Kadapa, went on a condolence tour throughout Andhra Pradesh in order to console and look after the people and their families who had lost their lives because of the shock caused by the news of YSR’s death or had committed suicide because of it. The Congress President Sonia Gandhi was not in favor of this condolence tour or
“Odarpu yatra” as it was called, stating that due to the Telangana issue, the situation in the state was volatile. Jagan went on nevertheless, completing the first part of his tour in the Khammam and West Godavari districts, beginning 2010 April.
At the same time, the leadership of Congress in New Delhi, and chief minister who had replaced YSR, Konijeti Rosaiah, were both being constantly criticized by news channels and newspapers. A news channel, Sakshi TV, who had been criticizing Congress until then, telecasted an event, which was the 125th-anniversary celebrations of Congress party.
A voice-over artist commented on the state of affairs then, and also criticized Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. This angered Congress party supporters, who started to protest, and this incident widened the gap between Congress and Jagan.
He felt the Congress was deliberately ill-treating him and trying to create rifts in his family. This was because his father’s younger brother and his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy had been offered a state ministerial berth. Both Jagan and his mother resigned as members of Congress, after having given up the Pulivendula Assembly and Kadapa Lok Sabha. In 2011, March, they started to lead the current YSR Congress. It had been formed in 2009 by an advocate from Telangana, Siva Kumar, who was also a huge fan of YSR.
Jagan’s loyal friends and followers from Congress quit Congress to join him. This caused an urgent need for by-elections, as Congress’s numbers weakened in both Lok Sabha and assembly. In the re-elections, the party won by a huge majority.