New Delhi: K Chandrashekhar-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is set to sweep Telangana Assembly polls as it appeared to be advancing towards a two-third majority in the initial trends. The ruling party candidates were ahead of their rivals in 91 constituencies while the other major contender for power, the Congress-led People’s Front, was leading in just 22 Vidhan Sabha seats. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM that backed the TRS was leading in five. BJP nominees were ahead of their rivals in four constituencies and others were leading in three.
As per the initial trends, TRS chief Rao was leading by 9,212 votes after the fifth round over his nearest Congres rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel assembly constituency. His son and minister K T Rama Rao is leading in Sircilla by 15,096 votes after the third round of counting over his Congress rival K K Mahender Reddy. In Siddipet, Rao’s nephew and a minister in the caretaker government T Harish Rao was leading by 26,098 votes over his nearest Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) rival Bhavani Reddy after the fourth round. Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy was leading in Huzurnagar by 1852 votes over his nearest TRS rival Saidi Reddy after the third round.
Following the trends, celebrations began at the TRS headquarters. Holding pictures of TRS President and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, party workers gathered at the Telangana Bhavan raising slogans of Jai Telangana and KCR Zindabad. They also burst firecrackers, distributed sweets, while some other enthusiastic workers, including women, were seen dancing. They said the welfare and development works undertaken during the last four and a half years paid rich dividends to the party.
Reacting over the trends, KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha said there was never doubt that the party would retain power with a huge majority. Kavitha, a member of the Lok Sabha, said there was no anti-incumbency as the TRS government had done well on all fronts during the last four-and-a-half years.
On the other hand, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee’s Uttam Kumar Reddy said that all the Congress leaders will complaint to RO officers. “We will also complaint to ECI on this matter. How can TRS leaders say before counting that who will lose in elections,” said Reddy.
Meanwhile, the exit polls had also predicted a clear majority for K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). Assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls next year. However, the Legislative Assembly was dissolved prematurely on September six following a recommendation made by the TRS government.
In the 2014 Assembly election, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (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. The TDP won 15 seats with 14.5 per cent vote-share and the BJP five with seven per cent vote-share.