In a sting operation conducted by national news channel Times Now, one YCP spokesperson Manoj Kothari had said on camera that YCP may field weak candidates in some seats where BJP's candidates are strong. He had opined that YCP may field weak candidates in constituencies where BJP leaders like Kanna Lakshminarayana will contest.
Although Manoj said it is his personal opinion, he quickly added that in reality YCP also follows the same. He said there is a "secret pact" between YSRCP and BJP in the coming general elections in 2019.
At a time when Chandrababu Naidu & TDP are alleging YSRCP and BJP of colluding, this sting operation by Times Now may give a big boost to ruling TDP in AP. Meanwhile, YSRCP is yet to comment on the sting operation and Manoj's comments.