N. Chandrababu Naidu, who has a few records, including being the longest serving Chief Minister in Andhra Pradesh, finds himself at the crossroads as his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) faced a rout in the Assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls, dashing his hopes of emerging kingmaker at the national level.
The first Assembly elections of the residual Andhra Pradesh five years after the bifurcation was held on April 11.
The TDP that won 102 Assembly seats in 2014, now looks set to bag a mere 24 seats in the 175-member A.P. Assembly as the main Opposition YSR Congress Party is headed for a landslide victory with 150 seats.
While the TDP contested the 2014 election in alliance with the BJP and outside support of Jana Sena, it fought the 2019 general elections on its own and faced a rout.
Here are the live updates:
Party-wise results at 2:00 a.m.
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YSRC wins 29 seats, leading in 120 others; set for overwhelming win in Assembly polls
The YSR Congress virtually decimated the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and appeared on course for a resounding victory in Andhra Pradesh with its candidates winning in 29 seats and leading in 120 others.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party won in four seats and was leading in 21 segments while actor-politician’s Jana Sena party in one, according to the latest Election Commission data.
The Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRC may end up with over a three-fourths majority in the 175-member Assembly.
The YSRC Legislature Party will meet Amaravati on May 25 to formally elect Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy as its leader, who will be sworn-in as Chief Minister on May 30.
Mr. Reddy told reporters he would take oath as CM at Vijayawada on May 30 and promised to bring in a governance that the country would stand up and look to.
With his party set to wrest power, Mr. Reddy on May 23 described it as people’s victory.
Terming his party’s good show in the State Assembly polls and Lok Sabha elections as a “new chapter” in the history of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Reddy told reporters such a massive mandate came with tremendous amount of responsibility.
“I will make sure that I live up to that expectations,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Mr. Reddy over the phone and congratulated him. Earlier, he had also posted a congratulatory message to Mr. Reddy on Twitter.
“Congratulations of the remarkable win in Andhra Pradesh. Best wishes to you for a successful tenure,” he said.
Mr. Reddy at a press conference also congratulated Mr. Modi over the BJP’s stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
The YSRC chief asserted that his fight for securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh would continue.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also congratulated Mr. Reddy over the YSRC’s thumping win in the general elections.
Wishing Mr. Reddy all the best, Mr. Rao hoped he would lead A.P. further on the path of progress.
Several top TDP leaders, including many Ministers, are on the verge of defeat. — PTI
Naidu quits as A.P. CM after TDP’s loss
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu resigned from his post following the TDP’s loss in the Assembly elections.
He submitted his resignation to the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E.S.L. Narasimhan who accepted it, a Raj Bhavan press communique said in Hyderabad.
“Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh submitted his resignation to the Governor.
“The Hon’ble Governor while accepting the resignation with effect from the afternoon today, requested Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu to continue in office till the formation of a new government,” it said. — PTI
Accept the verdict of the people: Chandrababu Naidu
Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu said he accepted the verdict of the people of Andhra Pradesh and congratulated YSR Congress Party on its victory in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the State.
He also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over their electoral victories.
“Elections are over, results have come. In a democracy, it is our responsibility to accept peoples verdict. I congratulate YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy on his party\s victory,” Mr. Naidu said at a press conference.
He said the TDP would now review the results and announce the future course of action.
“We will review how the party should now function and go forward. I will not talk anything now,” he said in response to a question.
Mr. Naidu forwarded his resignation from the Chief Ministers post to the State Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who accepted it. — PTI
Father, daughter of Kurupam royal family face defeat
V. Kishore Chandra Deo and V. Shruti Devi, the father-daughter duo of the Kurupam royal family, have both tasted defeat in the Araku Lok Sabha seat of Andhra Pradesh.
While Mr. Deo, a former Union Minister, contested as a TDP candidate, Ms. Devi was the Congress nominee. Interestingly, Mr. Deo joined the TDP just before the polls.
As votes were counted on May 23, the father and daughter were placed second and third respectively with the YSR Congress nominee Goddeti Madhavi emerging in the lead. Both Ms. Devi and Ms. Madhavi — daughter of two-time CPI MLA late G. Demudu — are making their debut in electoral politics.
YSRCP leads in six out of seven Vijayawada Assembly segments
The Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) is registering a landslide victory in six of the seven Assembly segments of Vijayawada.
Barring Vijayawada East, where a TDP candidate, Gadde Ram Mohan, is leading, YSRCP candidates are leading in all other seats.
M. Vishnu Vardhan is leading in Vijayawada Central; Velam Palli Srinivasa Rao in Vijayawada West; K. Rakshana Nidhi in Tiruvuru; Udayabhanu Samineni in Jaggayyapeta; M. Jaganmohan Rao in Nandigama; and Vasantha Venkata Krishna Prasad in Mylavaram.
Chandrababu Naidu wins from Kuppam constituency
TDP president and Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu wins Kuppam Assembly constituency with a margin of 29,993 votes after 19 rounds of counting, defeating YSRC candidate K. Chandramouli.
TDP, YSRCP cadre clash in Anantapur
Ten persons were injured, three bikes, one Kirana stores torched, at Venkatagiripanyam when TSR Congress Party and Telugu Desam Party supporters clashed in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday afternoon even as the trends of election results were being declared.
Meanwhile, heavy rain lashed Anantapur city even as counting process was on at JNT University, Anantapur and Sri Krishnadevaraya University. While the counting process was not affected, other support personnel accommodated in temporary sheds were affected. The rain, however, gave much needed relief to the citizen and symbolically doused the election heat.
Pawan Kalyan trails in both Assembly constituencies
Actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan, who filed nomination papers from two Assembly constituencies, Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka, is trailing behind his YSRCP contenders in both the places.
In Gajuwaka, the Jana Sena Party chief is losing to Nagireddy Tippala with a margin of 2,948 votes and at his home turf, Bhimavaram, he is losing to Grandhi Srinivas by 1424 votes.
Mr. Kalyan's Jana Sena Party was formed after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
The actor entered the battle ground in Andhra Pradesh, promising to provide an alternative to dynastic politics and corrupt parties.
Cross voting in favour of TDP sitting MP Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu surprises many. Although TDP MLA candidates are trailing behind with huge margins, he is giving tough fight to YSRCP MP candidate Duvvada Srinivas. Mr. Rammohan Naidu was polled 158225 votes. Mr. Srinivas got 158569 votes. YSRCP nominee gets thin margin.
Will YSR Congress be the third largest party in Lok Sabha?
The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is leading in all the 25 Lok Sabha Constituencies in the Andhra Pradesh. The party is leading in 151 of the 175 Assembly Constituency. Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is heading to break the performance records of all earlier Chief Ministers N T Rama Rao and his own father Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.
The YSR Congress Party is heading to become the third largest party after Congress in Lok Sabha.
Kadapa TDP district President R. Srinivasa Reddy resigns to the party post, owning moral responsibility for the party's defeat in the elections.
APSRTC zonal chairman Reddam Venkatasubba Reddy also resigns to his post.
Former Union Minister and TDP sitting MP P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju is trailing behind 4000 votes in Vizianagaram Parliament seat. His opponent and YSRCP nominee Bellana Chandrasekhar is getting thin majority in every round.
Party position at 2:45 p.m.
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Update as of 02:45 p.m.
Jagan all set to become CM, steers party to landslide victory
Forty-six-old Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is all set to become the second Chief Minister of residual Andhra Pradesh after steering his YSRCP in the direction of a landslide victory. At 2 p.m., YSRCP is leading in 145 of the 175 seats in Andhra Pradesh Assembly leaving just about 25 for TDP and five to other parties including Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena party.
The two national parties, Congress and BJP were nowhere in the scene.
YSRCP maintained the same trend in Lok Sabha elections leading in 24 of the 25 seats. By 1.30 p.m., YSRCP’s vote share stood at 50.3% and TDP’s 38%. The two national parties, Congress and BJP were nowhere in the scene.
As the news of Mr. Reddy’s grand victory spread, a large number of his supporters started gathering at YSRCP office at Tadepalli in the capital region of Amaravati to celebrate the massive victory. A supporter brought a big nameplate, “Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh”.
Senior YSRCP leader, S.V. Subba Reddy told media persons that the YSRC Legislature Party meeting would be held on May 25 where Mr. Reddy would be formally elected as the leader. The swearing of Mr. Reddy as Chief Minister is likely to be on May 30.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu may submit his resignation in the evening.
YSR Congress leads in 151 Assembly, 24 Lok Sabha seats
Of the 18 Assembly segments and 3 Lok Sabha seats in East Godavari district, candidates of the Opposition YSR Congress Party are in the lead in a majority seats from the very beginning of the counting of votes on Thursday morning.
By the afternoon, the YSRCP is in the lead in 13 Assembly and 2 Lok Sabha constituencies. However, Home Minister and the TDP’s nominee from Peddapuram Assembly constituency N. Chinna Rajappa is enjoying a lead over his close contestant and the YSRCP’s nominee Thota Saraswathi (Vani).
TDP all set for a rout in Prakasam
The main opposition YSR Congress Party is all set to inflict a crushing defeat on the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Prakasam district.
Environment Minister Sidda Raghava Rao of the TDP is trailing behind three-time MP Magunta Srinivasula Reddy by over 50,000 votes after 5 rounds of counting for the Ongole Lok Sabha seat.
Former State Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy established a lead of over 10,000 votes against sitting MLA D.Janardhana Rao for the Ongole Assembly seat, while another former State Minister M. Mahidhar Reddy is leading by over 1000 votes in Kandukur Assembly constituency .
YSRCP nominees M. Venkaiah (Kondepi), B. Madhusudan Yadav (Kanigiri), K. Nagarjuna Reddy (Markapur), A. Suresh (Yerragondapalem) and Anna Rambabu (Giddalur) established leads ranging between 1500 to 10,000 votes.
With the leads changing after each round of counting, it is neck and neck between Senior TDP leader Karnam Balarama Krishnamurthy and sitting MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan of the YSRCP in Chirala Assembly constituency, and between TDP nominee G. Ravikumar and B. Ch. Garataiah of the YSRCP in Addanki. Former Minister D.Venkateswara Rao of the YSRCP and sitting TDP MLA Y.Sambasiva Rao in Parchur are also having a close contest. - S. Murali
YSRC gets closer to clean sweep in Kadapa district
YSR Congress Party has been steadily making progress towards sweeping all the ten assembly constituencies in Kadapa, the native district of the party founder President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. The same trend is visible in the two parliamentary constituencies of Kadapa and Rajampet too.
The Kadapa district, in the heartland of Rayalaseema has always been considered a bastion of Congress during the YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime and later a strong turf of Jagan. The voters from the district behaved on expected lines, right from the first round.
The TDP candidates in Kamalapuram and Jammalamadugu constituencies, viz., Putha Narasimha Reddy and P. Ramasubba Reddy initially showed a semblance of lead, only to be overtaken by the YSRC candidates P. Ravindranath Reddy and M. Sudheer Reddy respectively in the successive rounds.
The TDP pinned serious hopes on Rajampet, Jammalamadugu and Rayachoti constituencies, but appears to be clearly trailing behind the YSR Congress in all the ten segments.
Similar trend is evident in the Kadapa and Rajampet Lok Sabha seats, where the YSR Congress candidates Y.S. Avinash Reddy and P.V. Midhun Reddy have established clear lead over their nearest TDP rivals C. Adinarayana Reddy and D.A. Satya Prabha respectively. - A.D. Rangarajan
YSRCP's Kangati Sreedevi leads in Pattikonda
YSRCP's Kangati Sreedevi is leading the vote share in Pattikonda in Kurnool district against K.E. Shyam Kumar of TDP, son of Deputy CM K.E. Krishnamurthy, with a margin of 4033 votes.
Ms. Sreedevi, the wife of slain YSRCP leader and the then in-charge of Pattikonda constituency C. Narayana Reddy, entered the fray for the first time after her husband was murdered in 2017. She accused her contender Mr. Kumar in the case. However, the police dropped the charge against him.
In 2015, Mr. Krishnamurthy announced that his son, KE Shyam Kumar, would contest from Pattikonda instead of him.
A neck-and-neck race for Irrigation Minister Uma Maheswararao Devineni and YSRCP's Vasanta Krishna Prasad in Mylavaram, where Mr. Rao is trailing the latter with a margin of 27 votes.
An active member of the TDP even when it is not in power, Mr. Umamaheswara Rao has, in the past five years, emerged as a titan, acting as the right-hand man of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. He is also the party’s primary cannon against Leader of the Opposition Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
YSR Congress set for landslide win
With trends available for 168 out of 175 seats in the Andhra Assembly, the YSR Congress is on the way to a landslide win. The YSR Congress is leading in 142 seats and the ruling TDP is the poor second at 25. The Janasena Party is leading in 1.
Update at 11:15:02 am
Both TDP and YSRCP chiefs have retained thier strongholds. In Kuppam, which has been the citadel of CM Chandrababu Naidu since 1989, Mr. Naidu is leading YSRCP's K Chandramouli by a margin of 1126 votes.
In Pulivendula, YS Jaganmohan Reddy is trailing TDP's Venkata Satish Kumar Reddy by a margin of 11565 votes.
Acor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan, who contested the elections for the first time, is trailing behind Nagireddy Tippala of YSRCP with a narrow margin of 204 votes. His party is leading in one constituency.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is leading by just 1126 votes in Kuppam. The TDP has managed to lead in just 25 seats, while the YSR Congress has extended its lead in 121 constituencies.
While the YSRCP has got 50.8% vote share, TDP got 38.4%.
Though the newly floated Jana Sena has managed to garner 6 per cent vote share.
YSRCP leading in 13 out of 14 Assembly constituencies in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. NT Rama Rao's son and cine actor Nandamuri Balakrishna is the sole TDP candidate leading after first round of counting.
B. Vinod Kumar of TRS is trailing Ponnam Prabhaker of Congress in Karimnagar with a margin of 39091 votes.
B. Vinod Kumar, deputy leader of TRS and a staunch supporter of the party's policies, has won for the consecutive term from the Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat against former MP Ponnam Prabhakar Goud of Congress.
The TRS had earlier won all the seven Assembly segments in 2018 elections. The key electoral issues were lack of a rail connectivity and setting up of a medical college.
Y. S Avinash Reddy is winning the Loksabha seat of Kadapa against Adi Narayana Reddy of TDP with a margin of 2846 votes.
Bellana Chandra Sekhar of YSRCP is trailing TDP candidate and former civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Babu by a margin of over 2500 votes.
In Hindupur parliamentary constituency YSRCP candidate Gorantla Madhav leading by just 6 votes over Nimmala kishtappa of TDP after one lakh votes counted.
Duddukunta Sreedhar Reedy of YSRCP leading by 2929 votes after first round over Govt. Chief whip Palle Raghunath Reddy of TDP in Puttaparthi Assembly constituency.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu leads by slender 1500 votes majority in Kuppam.
YSRC leads in 11 out of 13 assembly seats in Chittoor district. YSRCP leading in Chittoor LS constituency.
Minister for Mines Sujay Krishna Rangarao and TDP nominee is leading by 2130 by votes after second round in Bobbili. YSRCP nominee is leading in Sambangi.
In Narsipatnam Assembly Minister Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu is trailing. YSRCP's Uma Shankar Ganesh leading by 702 votes in 1st round
Gajuwaka AS YSRCP candidate Tippala Nagi Reddy is leading over JSP's Pawan Kalyan in the postal ballot.
In Visakhapatnam South Assembly constituency, TDP's Ganesh Kumar leading after first round. In Vizag east, TDP's V. Ramakrisha Babu is leading by 1600 votes at the end of the 1st round
In Visakha South Assembly, TDP's Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar is leading by 800 votes in 1st round.
YSRCP is leading in 11 of 15 Assembly segments in Visakha district. TDP is leading in four constituencies.
YSRCP candidate Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy is leading by 255 votes in Vizianagaram. Former Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju's daughter Aditi Gajapathi Raju is TDP's nominee here.
After the first hour of counting of Assembly votes, YSRCP is leading in 5 seats, TDP is leading in 1.
Vote share: YSRCP (48.2%), TDP (36.42%), Others including JSP (11.70%), NOTA (1.72%).
YSRCP leads in parliamentary elections
Initial trends are coming from two Andhra Pradesh parliamentary constituencies.
YSRCP leading in Srikakulam parliamentary constituency. Duvvada Srinivas is ahead of K. Ram Mohan Naidu (TDP).
YSRCP is also leading in Machilipatnam parliamentary constituency. V. Balashowri is ahead of sitting MP K. Narayana of TDP. The Jana Sena and TDP are neck-and-neck here.
Rise of a star
Actor-turned-politician, Pawan Kalyan, has entered the battle ground in Andhra Pradesh, promising to provide an alternative to "dynastic politics and corrupt parties." The actor is contesting on two Assembly seats, Bhimavaram in West Godavari district and Gajuwaka in Visakhapatnam district.
Mr. Kalyan faces a tough battle in Gajuwaka, the largest constituency with 3.09 lakh voters, from the locals, sitting TDP MLA Palla Srinivas Rao and YSRCP’s Nagireddy Tippala. In 2014 elections, Mr. Rao won against Nagireddy by over 21,000 votes.
While both TDP and YSRCP contenders are locals, and hence claim to understand the people and their problems better, Mr. Kalyan, being a Kapu, is dependent on Kapu electorate, which constituted over 22% of the 2.6 lakh population in 2014.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kalyan is locked in a tougher battle with the sitting MLA Pulaparthi Ramanjaneyulu of the TDP and YSRCP’s former MLA Srinivas Grandhi in his home town, Bhimavaram. This constituency too has a major presence of Kapu community. But, unlike in Gajuwaka, the other two contenders are also from Kapu community here. This makes it difficult for Kalyan to register a victory.
Besides, Gajuwaka is a constituency which was won by Kalyan’s brother Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party in 2009 elections. In 2014 too, Kalyan campaigned for TDP candidate here, who won the seat.
Counting begins for all 176 Assembly seats and 25 Parliamentary seats. Postal ballots and electronic voting machines will be counted simultaneously.
It's TDP vs YSRCP in Vizianagaram
All arrangements have been made for the counting of votes in Vizianagaram where Telugu Desam and YSRCP fought bitterly to win nine Assembly seats and one Parliament seat. Although many other parties are in the fray, the fight is confined to two parties.
Former Union Minister and sitting MP P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju is testing fortunes against YSRCP’s Bellana Chandrasekhar. TDP won six Assembly seats and YSRCP could get three seats in 2014 elections. In this background, leaders of both parties are eagerly waiting for the election results.
Vizianagaram witnessed 80.65 poll percentage which is the highest in Andhra Pradesh. As far as Parliament segment is concerned, 12,08,191 votes were polled as against 14,99,300 votes. The poll percentage was 80.58 per cent. - K. Srinivasa Rao
A high voter turnout is often seen as a vote for a change. The TDP and the YSRCP, however, have been claiming that it would work to their advantage.
While some exit polls predicted that the YSRCP would bag majority of Assembly seats, two others put the TDP ahead of the YSRCP.
The 2019 elections have a special place in the history of Andhra Pradesh.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which had an alliance with the BJP and support of cine star Pawan Kalyan in 2014, has contested alone this time.
The cine star floated his own political party — Jana Sena — and entered the electoral arena.
The BJP too remained in the fray alone.
In the 2014 elections, the TDP just scraped through in many constituencies.
A keen contest was witnessed during this election too.
Tension grips contestants ahead of counting
With hours left for counting of votes, anxiety ran high among the contestants and the political parties which fielded them.
Voters too were eagerly awaiting the outcome with exit polls giving different predictions and some political parties voicing doubts over the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines.