Hyderabad: Telangana Assembly election results would be out today and the KC Rao-led TRS is likely to be back in the saddle, said exit polls. In what experts are calling a smart move on the part of KCR, the 119-member Assembly was dissolved on September 6 more than eight months ahead of the expiry of the term.
That paved the way for early elections. Going it alone in the polls, the TRS fielded 107 candidates. The party announced most candidates within minutes of the dissolution of the Assembly, getting a jumpstart in the campaign.
The main Opposition, the Congress announced the formation of a ‘Praja Kutami'(grand alliance) with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Telangana Jana Samiti and the Communist Party of India.
The majority mark in the state assembly is 60 and most exit polls gave the TRS way above that. The projected figures seem to mean that the mahakootami failed to impress the voter.
In the 2014 assembly election, the TRS had bagged 63 seats with a vote-share of 34 per cent and the Congress 21 seats with 25 per cent vote-share. The TDP had fought the poll in alliance with the BJP then.
Meanwhile, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi took a dig at the BJP for extending support to the TRS in case there wasn’t a clear mandate.
“The TRS is going to form the government in Telangana on its own strength, all the speculations which are being raised are baseless. We should wait for the result. I don’t want to comment on the Congress welcoming AIMIM to Praja Kutami,” Owaisi said.