WARANGAL: The ruling TRS faced a setback in the MPTC byelections in Jangaon and Bachannapet, the results of which were declared on Saturday.
After coming to power in 2014, the TRS had never faced defeat in any major elections in Warangal. In the wake of demand for Jangaon district gathering steam, the results are being seen as an expression of anger of the people against the TRS.
Voting took place on Tuesday for the MPTC seat for Narayanapuram village of Bachannapet mandal, and joint MPTC post for Marigada and Chaudaram villages of Jangaon mandal.
In Marigada, TRS candidate Mekala Kalinga Raju was defeated by Congress candidate Duddela Siddaiah by a margin of 253 votes. While Siddaiah got 963 votes, Kalinga Raju got 710.
In Narayanapuram, Tharige Ilamma, the candidate backed by the TD, BJP, TRS and Congress, was defeated by CPM candidate Mahbub by 114 votes. Mahbub polled 633 votes while Ilamma got 519 votes.
The result is being interpreted as a warning for the TRS from the people demanding Jangaon district. Some of the Jangaon JAC leaders had campaigned against the TRS.