New Delhi: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday wrested the Huzurnagar Assembly seat from the Congress with a huge majority of over 43,000 votes.
S. Saidi Reddy of TRS defeated his nearest rival Padmavathi Reddy of Congress by 43,233 votes in what turned out to be a one-sided contest. The TRS fieled S. Saidi Reddy for the second time even though he had lost the seat by over 7,000 votes against Uttam Kumar Reddy in the state assembly elections held in December 2018.
In the first by-poll since retaining power with a landslide majority in December 2018, the TRS scored an impressive victory by polling 1,12,796 votes out of 2,00,239 votes polled. Saidi Reddy secured 56.45 per cent votes.
Padmavathi Reddy, wife of state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, could only secure 30.46 per cent of the polled votes while candidates of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) forfeited their deposit. The result was a huge disappointment, particularly for the Congress’ Uttam Kumar Reddy, who had won from Huzurnagar assembly constituency for the three consecutive times.
The constituency, with over 2.36 lakh voters, had recorded 84.75 per cent polling in the by-election held on October 21. Notably, the Huzurnagar by-poll was necessitated by the resignation of Uttam Kumar Reddy from Assembly after he resigned and got elected to Lok Sabha from Nalgonda.
To ensure the smooth conduct of the by-poll, security had been beefed and elaborate arrangements were made by the concerned authorities. According to a report, nearly 1,500 security personnel and 965 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had been deployed for the byelection in this constituency of Telangana.