ANDHRA PRADESH

Narrow win for KCR

K.M.Dayashankar

Low margin of 15,765 votes gives a jolt to the TRS president



Telangana sentiment had marginal impact in this byelection when compared with 2006

This time, people voted on the individual performance of their elected representatives



KARIMNAGAR: Though the TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao performed a hat trick by winning three elections from Karimnagar Parliamentary constituency within a span of four years, he received a severe jolt with the winning margins coming down drastically in this election.

The Telangana sentiment had marginal impact in this byelection when compared with 2006 byelections. This time, people have voted on the individual performances of their respective elected representatives in the district. The reluctance of voters to cast their votes had caused Mr. Chandrashekhar Rao dearly, who secured a majority of only 15,765 votes in this election when compared to 2, 01,582 votes in 2006 byelections. On the other hand, his party nominees from Kamalapur, Huzurabad and Medaram Assembly segments had performed well and got re-elected. TRS candidate Etala Rajender from Kamalapur secured a majority of 22,156 votes, Huzurabad candidate V. Lakshmikantha Rao secured 20,718 votes and Medaram candidate Koppula Eshwar secured 28,137 votes.

Simple majority

The TRS president had struggled hard to come out of this election with a simple majority of 15,765 votes against his nearest rival T. Jeevan Reddy of Congress. Initial trends of Congress leads, had caused jitters among the TRS leaders of the district. However, the party secured leads in the last rounds.

As predicted the Congress party faired well in the Jagtial and Buggaram Assembly segments represented by Jagtial legislator and Congress nominee T. Jeevan Reddy and Minister for Endowments J Ratnakara Rao respectively. Mr. Jeevan Reddy secured a lead of 30,776 votes from his Jagtial Assembly segment and 14,418 votes in Buggaram segment and 1,354 in Choppadandi segment.

Poor performance

However, in Karimnagar Assembly segment represented by APSRTC chairman M. Satyanarayana Rao, the Congress party performed poorly. The TRS candidate secured a majority of 19,072 votes from Karimnagar segment and another 22,816 votes from Nerella Assembly segment, which is represented by TRS rebel legislator K. Lingaiah.

In spite of TDP candidate L. Ramana using his BC card, the TRS secured 10,631 votes lead in Sircilla segment, which is dominated by weavers. The TRS also secured a lead of 9,318 votes lead in Metpally segment represented by Janata Party legislator K. Ramulu.

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