The transformation of YS Jaganmohan Reddy from an opposition leader to the Chief Minister has raised questions about whether he is still the same person.
Opinions about YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s behavior vary among the public, especially considering his previous role as the opposition leader.
The people played a significant role in granting him power, but once in power, the disconnect between him and the people has become evident. This difference in behavior could be risky for both his party and his political future.
The cover story of this week’s GreatAndhra publication highlights this aspect.
While party leaders and elders’ criticism of Jaganmohan Reddy’s changed demeanor after becoming Chief Minister might be disregarded, the views of the common people are crucial.
As a leader, he should ensure that he remains accessible to them and addresses their concerns.
Although it might be challenging for a Chief Minister with such responsibilities to be readily available, it is still his responsibility to connect with the people.
Previously, YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s padayatra was admired and appreciated as a role model journey, where he interacted with people from all walks of life and listened to their difficulties.
However, after becoming Chief Minister, he seems to have distanced himself from the people, which is a departure from his earlier approach.
One of the arguments made by Mr Sajjala to defend his absence from flood-affected areas is that he does not need to visit in person if the government mechanism is functioning efficiently.
However, this argument contradicts YS Jagan’s approach during the padayatra, where he recognized the importance of direct human interaction to win people’s hearts. The role of I-Pac also seems to be like a curtain between the people and YS Jagan.
To ensure a successful future in politics, Jaganmohan Reddy must maintain the trust and love of the people by being a leader who is approachable and connected with the common man.
The effective implementation of welfare schemes alone might not guarantee repeated success in elections; he needs to continue building human relationships directly with the people, as he did during the padayatra.