Rural voters revive TRS, YSRC hopes in AP parishat polls

Rural voters revive TRS, YSRC hopes in AP parishat polls

Congress faces tough fight despite strong cadre

The sagging morale of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and YSRC Party in Seemandhra following the drubbing they received on Monday in the municipal elections received a boost on Tuesday with both parties showing an impressive performance in the rural parishat elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Counting was rather slow as polling was through ballot papers and only 50 per cent of the results were out by Tuesday evening. The final outcome might be declared around midnight.

In all, 1096 Zilla Parishat Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and 16,580 Mandal Parishat Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) went to the hustings in the combined AP in two phases on April 6 and 1, respectively. In the fray were 5034 candidates in the ZPTC polls and 53,348 aspirants in the MPTC polls. Counting had been postponed due to the general elections.

Despite slow counting, a clear trend has emerged in Telangana where the TRS has proven that it has a hold in the rural areas of the region where it is giving a tough fight to the Congress which has a very strong cadre at the grassroots level.  While the Congress has proved its control over Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Medak districts, TRS is strong in Adilabad, and Karimnagar and TDP In Khammam. In other places, there is a tug of war between the Congress and TRS.

By 6pm, the Congress won 45, TRS 82, TDP 6 and BJP none out of 443 ZPTS. The Congress won 1063 seats, TRS 905, TDP 326, BJP  97 and others, including independents, won 467 MPTC seats out of 6497 MPTCs in Telangana.

In Seemandhra, where TDP was considered weak in rural areas, it has given a tough fight to YSRCP, which is strong in Kadapa, Kurnool and Nellore. TDP also did well in Krishna, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Chittoor and Anantapuram districts.