TRS-MIM combine unlikely to make a clean sweep

BJP, Congress to get five seats, say most exit polls

Published - May 19, 2019 11:45 pm IST - HYDERABAD

The election to 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana is not going to be a clean sweep by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and MIM alliance, if the exit polls conducted by major channels are any indication.

The TRS-MIM combine is set to bag a maximum of 13 to 15 seats out of the 17 seats going by the exit poll survey by the CNN which said the TRS could win anywhere from 12 to 14 seats while MIM is set to win the solitary Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat.

The exit polls by New18, however, indicated that the TRS is set to win 10 to 12 seats with the Congress and BJP projected to win one to two seats each while the MIM is set to retain its seat.

Likely tally

Exit polls by the India Today projected that the TRS could win 10 to 12 seats and the BJP had chance to win two to three seats while the Congress could win anywhere between one and three seats.

The exit polls of the major channels corroborated the claims of political parties that few constituencies were set to witness keen contests.

Keen contests

Among these are Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat where the BJP candidate G. Kishan Reddy is said to have given a tough fight to the TRS’ candidate T. Saikiran Yadav and Chevella Lok Sabha is another constituency where the TRS candidate G. Ranjit Reddy is locked in keen contest with Konda Vishweshwar Reddy of the Congress.

Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat continues to be the most keenly watched constituency where 185 candidates are in the fray, including sitting MP and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavita. BJP candidate Dharmapuri Arvind, son of Congress stalwart D. Srinivas who switched loyalties to the TRS, and senior Congress leader and two-time MP Madhu Yashki Goud are the other major contenders in the constituency.

Similarly, Khammam Lok Sabha seat is set to witness a keen contest where Congress leader Renuka Chowdary took on former MP Nama Nageswara Rao, who switched loyalties from the TDP to the TRS little ahead of the elections.

TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy from Nalgonda, TPCC working president A. Revanth Reddy from Malkajgiri and senior leader Komatireddy Venkat Reddy from Bhongir Lok Sabha are also testing their fortunes.

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