IN WHAT is being termed a “historic win” for Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the K Chandrasekhara Rao-led party made a clean sweep in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) poll results declared on Friday.
The party, which is in power at the state level, won in all the five zones and made inroads into the old city areas as well by winning a total of 100 seats out of 150. The elections were held on February 2 with a voting turnout of 45 per cent.
The TDP-BJP combine were left with an embarrassing 4 seats, while the Congress bagged only 2 seats. It is a major setback for the TDP and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has won 43 seats.
In another boost to the TRS, people from the Andhra region have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the TRS. Crucial wards in the IT corridor like Madhapur, Gachibowli, Miyapur, which is dominated by people from the Andhra region, have been won by the TRS. Even Kukatpally, which is considered an exclusive Andhra enclave, voted for the TRS. The TDP had won the Kukatpally Housing Board ward the last time.
During the election campaign, CM Chandrasekhara Rao and his son K T Rama Rao, the IT Minister, had said the TRS did not differentiate between people of various regions and states living in the city. The party had also promised to build low-cost 2 BHK houses for socially and economically backward people.
Speaking after the results in the evening, Rao said, “This is a historic victory as no party has ever won over 55 seats in GHMC elections. Among the promises we made, the most important is giving 2 BHK houses to eligible beneficiaries.”