TRS secures majority in Telangana
Hyderabad: The TRS will form its second successive government in Telangana where it has won a simple majority and is heading for a landslide with its candidates clinching 60 seats and leading in 27 others, in a resounding endorsement of its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's popularity.
Rao himself won by a margin of over 51,000 votes from his Gajwel seat, trouncing V Pratap Reddy of the Congress.
Rao's son K T Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao, both ministers in his caretaker government, also won.
The Congress has clinched 13 seats so far and is leading in six. Its ally TDP is leading in two seats.
Rao had dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months ahead of schedule, in a political gamble that paid off handsomely, as the party is expected to improve on its previous strength of 63 in the 119-seat Assembly. However, TRS's strength had risen to 82 after defections from TDP and Congress.
"The people reposed faith in the leadership of our chief minister and they did not believe in the disinformation campaign of the opposition," said T Harish Rao, a minister and nephew of Chandrasekhar Rao who won the Siddipet seat by a staggering 1,18,499 votes said.
Though only 60 seats are required for a simple majority, the TRS looks set to end up with close to three fourths of the seats in its kitty.
Ministers in the caretaker government Tummala Nageswar Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao, P Mahender Reddy, Telangana Congress working president Revanth Reddy, senior Congress leader Jana Reddy and state BJP president K Laxman are among those trailing.
The AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi, a party friendly to the TRS, won the Bahadurpura seat where its candidate Mohammed Moazam Khan was declared elected.
AIMIM candidates are leading in four other places, including Chandrayangutta, where Asaduddin's younger brother Akbaruddin has established an unassailable lead of over 67,000 votes. Akbaruddin is seeking a 5th straight term from the seat.
The rolling TRS juggernaut demolished all hopes the BJP had of making inroads into Telangana.
Ploughing a lonely furrow after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu walked out of the NDA a few months ago, BJP candidates have managed to stay ahead of their rivals in only two seats of Karwan and Goshamahal.
Celebrations erupted in TRS offices throughout the state as well as in the Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters in Hyderabad. Dancing to drum-beats, TRS workers burst firecrackers and distributed sweets.
Ruling TRS won 17 seats and the Congress three as per results available till 1 pm Tuesday in the counting of votes polled in the December 7 Telangana assembly elections.
The first two results went to the TRS with its candidates M Sanjay Kumar and Sunke Ravishankar winning with impressive margins.
Sanjay Kumar defeated his nearest Congress rival T Jeevan Reddy by a margin of 57,127 votes in in Jagtial constituency, according to official information.
Ravishankar won from Choppadandi by a margin of 42,249 votes against his nearest Congress rival Medipalli Satyam.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi was also leading in at least 70 seats as it appeared set for a big win in the polls to the 119-member assembly.
Congress was leading in 18 segments.
Caretaker Chief Minister and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao was leading in Gajwel by 27,329 votes over his nearest Congress rival after the ninth round of counting.
In Siddipet segment, TRS candidate T Harish Rao, a nephew of the chief minister, established an unassailable lead of 1,19,622 votes after completion of 19 rounds of counting.