Anti-incumbency helps GA


Sitting Congress MLAs, including Minister G. Chinna Reddy, face wrath of Mahabubnagar electorate

MAHABUBNAGAR: It is anti-incumbency that worked in the district in the current general elections to Assembly and the Lok Sabha. The sitting MLAs including Minister for Rural Development G. Chinna Reddy faced the wrath of electorate.

Of the thirteen sitting MLAs and two MPs barring three MLAs and one MP all of the remaining MLAs lost elections. Telugu Desam party has wrested Makthal, Wanaparthy, Jadchelra, Kalwakurthy, Achampet and Kodangal from the Congress and retained Nagarkurnool. Barring these the Telugu Desam party has also captured two newly constituted Narayanpet and Deverakadra Assembly segments.

The Congress has retained Gadwal, Alampur, Kollapur and Shadnagar constituencies. In Mahabubnagar Assembly segment the PR rebel candidate N. Rajeshwar Reddy won the election with a margin of 5,253 votes.

Among the two Lok Sabha seats Mahabubnagar was captured by TRS chief K. Chandra Sekhar Rao and surprisingly Manda Jagannath retained Nagarkurnool seat on a different election symbol.

Last time he won as Telugu desam candidate but this time as congress candidate. In the last elections of 2004 the district electorate gave only one seat to TDP, Nagam Janardhan Reddy won from Nagarkurnool Assembly segment. According to political pandits apart from anti-incumbency the Grand Alliance of TDP, TRS, CPI(M) and CPI has also helped the TDP candidates. The development plank by the ruling Congress party did not work.

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