Voters in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have elected representatives of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) respectively, denying victory to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress by a large margin.
The TRS won the Medak Lok Sabha constituency, which Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao vacated to retain his Gajwel Assembly seat, with party candidate K Prabhakar Reddy defeating his nearest rival and Congress nominee V Sunitha Lakshma Reddy by an impressive margin of over 3.66 lakh votes. BJP candidate Jayaprakash Reddy, who was actively supported by the TDP unit in Telangana, polled only 1, 86,334 votes in the constituency. Rao had won the Medak seat in this year’s general election by a margin of 3.97 lakh votes.
Voters in all the Assembly segments of Medak, too, favoured the TRS, particularly in Siddipet, Medak, Dubbaka and Patancheru. In the Narsapur and Sangareddy segments, however, the majority slightly decreased as due to the considerable clout of the Congress and the BJP. In Andhra Pradesh, TDP candidate Tangirala Soumya won the Nandigama Assembly seat by a margin 74, 827 votes, humiliating Congress nominee B Babu Rao who polled a mere 24, 921 votes.
Soumya, whose father T Prabhakar Rao’s sudden death necessitated the byelection, attributed her victory to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who completed 100 days of rule in the state on Tuesday.