ANDHRA PRADESH

Segments represented by Congress seniors do badly

Results come as a relief for YSR and APCC chief D. Srinivas

HYDERABAD: Even as the Congress put up a satisfactory show in the byelections winning six Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat, the party put up a dismal show in the constituencies represented by senior leaders.

The results came as a relief for Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and APCC chief D. Srinivas from the attacks from party seniors whose open statements on the separate Telangana issue were turning to be an embarrassment to them. The Congress’ poor performance in segments represented by the seniors will now help them counter their moves.

Karimnagar Assembly segment represented by APSRTC Chairman M. Satyanarayana Rao saw TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao get a majority of over 19,000 votes. Similarly, Medaram and Huzurabad Assembly constituencies under Peddapalli Lok Sabha constituency held by CWC Working Committee member G. Venkataswamy saw TRS candidates winning with margins in excess of 15,000.

Hopes dashed

Warned by the leadership of serious action if they failed to deliver, State Ministers J. Ratnakar Rao (Buggaram), Ponnala Lakshmaiah (Jangoan) and D. S. Redya Naik (Dornakal) ensured that the Congress secured majority in their respective Assembly segments. The hope of Congress leaders to benefit from the support of TRS rebels were dashed as the latter failed to secure lead for the party candidates in Parkal, Narsampet, Chennur, Hanamkonda segments in Warangal and Hanamkonda parliamentary constituencies.

Seniors to raise voice

Notwithstanding the setback to their campaign, senior Congress leaders asserted that they would raise their voice on the Telangana issue. The Telangana Regional Development Board Chairman V. Purushotham Reddy said Mr. Chandrasekhara Rao worked hard for the success of his party as well as strengthening the Telangana sentiment. But the harsh language used by the TRS president had done his party in.

Mr. Venkatswamy said that the TRS chief had committed a blunder by forcing the byelections. “He played with the hopes and aspirations of the people of the region,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

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