Vote swing that tossed TRS into hot seat

A day after the stunning victory of Telangana Rashtra Samiti in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election, a bit of data crunching shows the sheer scale of the performance of the ruling party in the State.

Contrast the voting pattern with the results of Assembly elections held just two years back, and there are no words for the magnitude of the win.

The TRS received 14.68 lakh votes or 43.85 per cent of the votes cast in the GHMC election. The party’s vote share jumped from 34.3 per cent in the Assembly election two years back (3 Assembly seats) to a high of 43.85 per cent. A vote swing of a few percentage points is enough for any party to coast to victory, but this vote share ensured that TRS will have virtually no opposition in the 150-member council hall.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen which toted up an equally impressive tally of 44 seats in the GHMC election; 5,30,812 voters showed preference for the party which translates into 15.85 per cent of the total votes cast. Though the tally of votes went up for the green party, its vote share declined from the Assembly elections of 2014 where it polled 16.9 per cent of the votes. In contrast, the Telugu Desam Party saw its vote share plunge from a high of 20.9 per cent in Assembly election to 13.11 per cent in the GHMC election. Its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party too saw its vote share decline from 12.8 per cent in the Assembly election to 10.34 per cent in the GHMC election. The two parties which jointly won 14 of the 24 Assembly segments are now licking their wounds with a tally of one seat for the TDP i.e. of KPHB, and four seats for BJP.

The Congress which drew a blank in the 2014 Assembly elections had the cold comfort of winning two wards that of Nacharam and Patancheruvu on the fringes of the city. The party’s vote share actually declined from 15.1 per cent in the Assembly elections to 10.4 per cent in the GHMC election.

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