TD loses deposit in all 12 seats, Congress in 4

Special Correspondent
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The Telugu Desam candidates lost their security deposits in all the 12 Assembly constituencies and the Congress nominees in four seats in the by-elections for which the final results were officially released on Saturday afternoon.

Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao, who announced the results of five constituencies where ballot boxes were used, said the counting which started at 8 a.m. in Yellareddy, Koratla, Sircilla, Huzurabad and Warangal West went on till 4 a.m. on Saturday.

In addition to bagging six out of the seven seats that were declared on Friday, the TRS scored emphatic victories in all the five constituencies taking its final tally to 11 whereas one seat was bagged by the BJP.

The Congress candidates lost deposits in Mancherial, Sircilla, Huzurabad and Siddipet even though the party stood in second position in 10 constituencies.

Telugu Desam candidates were in the second position only at Mancherial and Huzurabad but that did not prevent them from losing their deposits.

The party ‘s performance was so poor that its candidates in Koratla and Vemulawada ended up in the fourth position behind Independents.

Impressive margin

In contrast, the people gave such an overwhelming mandate in favour of the TRS candidates that three of them improved upon the victory margin of late Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy from Pulivendula constituency in 2009 when he won by a majority of 68,681 votes.

In addition to T. Harish Rao's impressive margin of 95,858 votes in Siddipet, Eatala Rajender polled a majority of 79,227 votes over his nearest Telugu Desam rival M. Damodar Reddy in Huzurabad and G. Aravind Reddy secured 78,047 votes more than his nearest TDP rival Gone Hanumantha Rao in Mancherial.



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