Ahead of the general election, the main opposition Telugu Desam Party has received a shot in the arm, winning the sarpanch post in 141 of the 343 gram panchayats in the first phase of the local body elections.

The YSR Congress was in the second position with its leaders were successful in 100 village-level local bodies, followed by the ruling Congress, whose candidates won 66 villages. The independents bagged the key post in 36 gram panchayats.

Jubilant TDP district president D.Janardhan maintained that the performance in the local body polls augured good for the party in the future elections, including the Assembly and the Lok Sabha.

‘Tacit understanding’

YSR Congress chief whip Balineni Srinivasa Reddy alleged that the ruling Congress and the TDP had a tacit understanding in the panchayat polls to weaken the party.

In the Ongole Assembly segment with 22 gram panchayats, the ruling Congress could not even open its account as the TDP won the sarpanch post in 11 villages followed by the YSR Congress in eight villages and independents in three villages.

It was the YSRC which won the coveted post in 47 villages in Addanki Assembly segment, where Mr. Gottipati Ravikumar crossed over to the fledgling party from the ruling Congress recently.

The TDP won in 39 villages, followed by the Congress in 10 villages and independents in eight villages.

The Congress put up an impressive performance in Chirala, the home constituency of district congress president Amanchi Krishnamohan, with the sarpanch candidates backed by it successful in 14 villages.

The TDP and the YSRC backed candidates accounted for five gram panchayats each.

The TDP put a good showing in S.N.Padu with its candidates successful in 41 gram panchayats followed by YSRC and Congress in 17 and 16 local bodies respectively. The independents were successful in 10 places.

In Parchur, the home constituency of Daggubatti Venkateswara Rao, the TDP was successful in 37 gram panchayats.

The YSRC and the Congress-backed candidates won in 23 and 22 gram panchayats respectively.