Hyderabad: The TRS led by K Chandrasekhar Rao, swept the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections on Friday and is all set to form the first government in the new state of Telangana. The party won 63 Assembly and 11 Lok Sabha seats.
Mr Rao, who successfully led the 14-year Telangana movement for a separate state and finally achieved it, will be the first Chief Minister of Telangana state after he is formally elected leader of the TRS Legislature Party on Saturday and invited by Governor E S L Narsimhan to form the government.
Party leaders have already made arrangements for the swearing-in of Mr Rao and his Cabinet at the Lal Bahadur Stadium on June 2, the date on which the new state comes into existence officially.
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Party sources say he is finalising the Cabinet in consultation with senior party leaders. The TRS, which began from scratch winning 10 seats initially and 26 subsequently, has now got an absolute majority.
Of the 119 Assembly seats, the TRS won 63, Congress 21, TD 15, followed by the MIM with seven seats, the BJP with five seats and the YSRC with three. The Left got two seats and others, three. The TRS also won 12 LS seats out of 17, which could give it some clout at the Centre. The YSRC, Congress, TD, BJP and the MIM won one LS seat each.
The Congress, which agreed to the creation of the new state, was relegated to second place. Telangana PCC president Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha, D. Srinivas, former Speaker K R Suresh Reddy, TPCC president V Hanumantha Rao, and Sunitha Laxma Reddy all lost.
Mr Rao won from Gajwel Assembly constituency by a margin of 19,333 votes against his nearest TD rival V. Pratap Reddy. He also won the Medak LS seat with a thumping majority. He said the Legislature Party will decide which seat he will retain.All sitting TRS MLAs were returned. Former minister J. Geetha Reddy won the Zaheerabad seat, but by a narrow margin.
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“People have shown huge confidence in us and we’ll discharge our duties to their satisfaction. We will strive for development of Bangaru Telangana with the cooperation of all sections of people,” said Mr Harish Rao.
Party MLA K.T. Rama Rao said, “We have no animosity against any party. I congratulate Narendra Modi and N. Chandrababu Naidu.”
Naidu back with a bang in residuary Andhra Pradesh
After a gap of 10 years, Telugu Desam N Chandrababu Naidu returned to power after the party’s impressive performance in the Assembly polls in Seemandhra region. The party’s victory was thanks to Mr Naidu’s excellent poll management and of course the Modi wave, which helped the TD-BJP combine to secure 106 Assembly seats in the House of 175.
The TD crossed the magic mark of 88 on its own and bagged 102 seats. The brilliant performance of the combine also stretched to the Lok Sabha results with the TD getting 14 and the BJP two.
Chief Minister designate Naidu on Friday night declared the win a result of a “silent wave and silent revolution” that had worked in favour of the TD and BJP combine which no one had foreseen. Even the two independents who won Assembly seats are Telugu Desam rebels.
Meanwhile, the YSR Congress led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, which was sure of a win in the fiercely fought polls, has to be content with the role of the ain opposition with 67 Assembly seats. On the other hand, Friday saw the Congress’ worst ever performance in Seemandhra region as the party could not register a single victory in the 175 Assembly or the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
All the past and present PCC presidents lost and the Seemandhra voters ensured that several former ministers including Anam Ramnarayana Reddy lost their deposits or came a poor third.
The Jai Samaikyandhra Party launched by former chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy also lost miserably with all its candidates barring one losing their deposits.
The people of Seemandhra region not only exercised their wisdom in choosing a stable government in the TD-BJP combine but also gave a clear mandate in its favour and proved the political pundits who had predicted a hung house, wrong.
Except the ruling TD-BJP combine and opposition YSRC, no other party will have representation in the AP Assembly.
It was clear that the voters of Seemandhra held the Congress responsible for bifurcation and punished it with vengeance; at the same time they chose the Modi-Naidu combine to rule them hoping for large-scale development in and around the new capital for the residuary state.
With regard to the 25 Lok Sabha seats, the TD won 15, BJP two and YSRC eight. All Union ministers from the Congress,like Kishore Chandra Deo, M.M. Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi and Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy lost.
Ms Y.S. Vijayalakshmi, mother of Mr Jagan, lost the Visakhapatnam LS seat to BJP Seemandhra president Kambhampati Haribabu who emerged as a giant killer.