K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had raced ahead, leading on 91 seats, out of total seats of 119 in Telangana state. His party need only 60 seats to form a government in the state, for the second consecutive term in the newly form state. Among all five states, where assembly elections were held, Telangana is the only state where the ruling party is votes with astonishing majority.
Meanwhile, the Congress-led Grand Alliance was leading only in 18eats. The BJP, which is hoping to get a larger pie out of the vote share as compared to the 2014 elections and claimed to emerge as a deciding factor in the formation of next government, is limited to three seats, as against it had won five seats in 2014.
Except on one or two districts, TRS succeeded in winning most of seats in almost of all districts, particularly Greater Hyderabad city, where the Congress and TDP claiming of having great influence.
KCR went to polls suspending the Assembly, ahead of eight months to due date, allegedly fearing that to have polls along with Lok Sabha, may impact his fortunes due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image.
With the initial leads giving it a clear advantage, K Kavitha, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP, said, “We believe people of Telangana are with us. We have sincerely worked and utilised the opportunity given to us. So I believe voters will bring us back to power, and that too independently. We are very confident about it.”
TDP, which has for the first time joined with Congress though the party was formed by NT Rama Rao in 1982 opposing Congress dominance in political arena. Rama Rao was the instrumental in brining all non-Congress parties on one platform in 80s, which ultimately led to formation of VP Singh government at the Centre in 1989.
However, by contesting 12 seats, TDP is leading only in two seats. TRS is the first party in two Telugu states, which gets more than half of votes.