Amaravati: The YSR Congress is set to wrest power in Andhra Pradesh with the party on course to secure a landslide win, leaving the ruling TDP way behind in the assembly elections.
The Y S Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSRC is leading in 151 seats and TDP in 24, as per trends available with the Election Commission.
The YSRC Legislature Party will meet on May 25 to formally elect its chief Jaganmohan Reddy as leader, party sources said Thursday.
Reddy will take oath as Chief Minister in the temple-town of Tirupati on May 30, the sources said.
The YSRC is on course to secure a landslide win in the assembly elections as the latest trends show it is leading in over 150 seats out of the total 175 in the State
Several top leaders of the Telugu Desam Party, including many ministers, are on the verge of defeat.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is leading in Kuppam but his son and state IT Minister Nara Lokesh lagging behind by over 8,900 votes in Mangalagiri segment in his first electoral battle.
Jaganmohan Reddy is also leading in Pulivendula assembly segment.
State TDP president and minister K Kala Venkata Rao, ministers P Narayana, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, K Atchannaidu, K Ravindra, K Srinivasulu, N Amarnatha Reddy, P Pulla Rao, Bhuma Akhila Priya, N Anand Babu, Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad are trailing by considerable margins to their YSR Congress rivals in their respective constituencies.
Other senior TDP leaders also look set to bite the dust.
Film star and MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna, however, is leading in Hindupur Assembly segment.
Jana Sena founder and film star Pawan Kalyan is trailing in the Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka segments he contested.
Y S Jaganmohan Reddy elated
With his YSR Congress heading for a landslide victory in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy Thursday termed it as people's victory.
He also said the YSRC's victory was expected.
"I sincerely thank the people who overwhelmingly voted for YSRC and blessed it.
I also thank them for exercising their franchise in large numbers and enhanced the value of democracy," Jaganmohan Reddy said in a Facebook post.
"I will live up to the expectations of the people," he promised.
According to the trends, YSRC is leading in over 150 seats of the total 175 in the State.
The party is leading in 23 Lok Sabha seats, while the TDP in two.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called Reddy over phone and congratulated him over the YSRC's thumping win in the general elections.
Wishing Reddy all the best, Rao hoped he would lead AP further on the path of progress.
Later, talking to the media at his residence here, the YSRC chief congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the BJP's stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
Reddy asserted that his fight for securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh would continue.
He declined to speak about Congress president Rahul Gandhi.