Vijayawada: In tune with the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy government's policy, weaker sections, women, and minorities were given priority in the civic body polls accounting for 78 percent of the total seats, more than the normal quota.

Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said that out of the total 86 posts for mayors and chairpersons, 40 were given to BCs, 12 for minorities, and women were given 52 seats on the whole.

He said that a record number of candidates were from the BC community in Andhra Pradesh than from the so-called BC states or any other state governments across the country. "Jagan had made it clear that people who are the majority in number from a community should have representation to look after the welfare of their people. Unlike the TD government, which used BCs like a vote bank, the chief minister had given recognition to weaker sections and had stood by the fact that BC community members form the backbone of society," he said.

Speaking on the Mydukur municipality, Sajjala stated that the party had won there because the councillor who won on the Jana Sena ticket remained neutral, and with support from ex-officio members YSRCP had won the municipality. He said that they had not misused power, as the CM had made it clear that there should be no abuse of power especially in the case of Tadipatri and Mydukur constituencies.

Recalling the 2014 local body elections, Sajjala pointed at the atrocities by TDP leaders, who he claimed abused their power to lure the opposition candidates into TDP. However, he asserted that YSRCP doesn't entertain such irregularities or misuse of power, and will always abide by the public mandate.

He stated that the YSRCP had received a landslide victory in recent ULB polls under the good governance of Jagan, who redefined the ideas behind welfare and development by taking governance to the grassroots level. "It was the chief minister's idea to keep governance within people's reach, right at their doorstep for effective implementation of welfare schemes," he said.

Speaking on the ZPTC and MPTC polls, he urged the SEC to conduct the polls at the earliest as there are no more legal issues pending. He stated that six days are enough to complete MPTC and ZPTC elections after which the state government can fully focus on the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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