The party had at its plenary in July elected chief minister and YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddyits president for life. In its letter, the ECI said electing a party president for life is anti-democracy. The YSRC leadership claimed that Jagan had rejected the party resolution and thus it had died a natural death.
The party leadership will reply to the ECI, stating that Jagan was not elected president for life. Party general secretary Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said the YSRC had proposed the election of Jagan as the party’s life-time president in February 2022. He said the party cadre wanted Jagan to be the permanent president of the party. “It was our wish and intention to have Jagan as the life-time president. However, the proposal died a natural death as Jagan rejected it,” he claimed.
Ramakrishna Reddy said the party had, at its plenary, changed its constitution giving a five-year term for the party president. However, he said, the resolutions adopted at the plenary were not sent to the ECI.
“We have not sent the resolutions officially to the ECI,” he said, expressing surprise over the poll panel’s letter. “We don’t know who sent information about our party’s activities to the ECI,” Ramakrishna Reddy said.