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Hyderabad GHMC Election Results 2020 Highlights: TRS is single-largest party, BJP surge pushes AIMIM to third slot

GHMC Election Results 2020, Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Election/Polls Results 2020 Highlights: The civic body election is a prestige battle for three parties — the TRS, BJP and AIMIM.

Written by Rahul V Pisharody | Hyderabad |
Updated: December 6, 2020 12:12:53 pm
GHMC polls, Hyderabad mayir election, State election commission, Hyderabad news, Hyderabad municipal polls, Indian expressCounting of votes for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, on December 4, 2020. (Source: GHMC PRO)

Hyderabad GHMC Election Results 2020 Highlights: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has emerged as the single-largest party in the Hyderabad civic polls, winning 55 seats, followed by the BJP which has made significant electoral inroads, winning 48 seats. At 44 seats, the AIMIM trailed the saffron party, but performed well in its traditional bastion of the old city of Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the Congress, which has been pushed to the sidelines, has only two divisions to its credit.

Ground report: Massive BJP surge in Hyderabad civic poll, says Telangana next

The results have been declared for 149 out of 150 divisions in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Counting of votes has been halted at Neredmet division as ballot papers with distinguish markers instead of ‘arrow cross-mark rubber stamp’ were found in majority.

While the BJP is celebrating its impressive show, the TRS–which had won 88 seats in the 2016 elections–said it will analyse the downfall in performance. TRS working president KT Rama Rao said the party fell short of 20-25 seats. “We will address the issues on why we haven’t received a desired outcome,” he said. (Also read: What’s at stake for the TRS and BJP in the GHMC polls?)

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, on the other hand, hailed the party’s performance as a “moral victory” and called the BJP the “only alternative” to the ruling TRS. Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated party workers and expressed gratitude to voters who “reposed faith in PM Modi-led BJP’s politics of development”.

Though the run-up to the polls saw a high-pitched campaign by the parties, the turnout of the voters on December 1 was an unimpressive 46.55 per cent (34.50 lakh) out of the total 74.67 lakh voters.

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Hyderabad GHMC Election Results 2020 Highlights: A prestige battle for TRS, BJP and AIMIM; voter turnout 46.55 per cent; high security and arrangements amid Covid-19; police say no victory rallies from 48 hours after results. Follow latest news and updates below:

08:27 (IST)06 Dec 2020
Short of 65-seat mark, TRS may need support of others to win mayor's post

Even as the TRS retained its position as the single-largest party in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the KCR-led party may need the support of others to retain the mayor's post. In the results declared Friday, the ruling TRS witnessed a downfall in its performance, with BJP dislodging the party from half the seats it had held since 2016. While the BJP tally went up from four in 2016 to 48, the TRS numbers went down from 99 to 55.

With only one result in the 150-member GHMC still pending following the order for a recount, the TRS will finish well short of the mark of at least 65 seats to get the mayor’s post. Read more

09:42 (IST)05 Dec 2020
Telangana HC keeps SEC order on ballot papers in abeyance

The Telangana High Court on Friday kept in abeyance the latest order of the Telangana State Election Commission that allowed counting of ballot papers with distinguishing markings instead of the arrow cross-mark rubber stamp as valid votes. It, however, allowed counting of votes to continue.

On Thursday, Secretary of SEC M Ashok Kumar clarified "if the intention of the voter is clear on marking to a particular candidate, that vote can be treated as a valid vote to the candidate since it is the mistake of the polling personnel under rule 51(h) of Conduct of Election Rules, 2005. Read more

09:15 (IST)05 Dec 2020
Massive BJP surge in Hyderabad civic poll, says Telangana next

Marking a stunning performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the BJP on Friday emerged as the second-largest party, dislodging the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) from half the seats it had held. While the BJP tally went up from four in 2016 to 48, the TRS numbers went down from 99 to 55.

With only one result in the 150-member GHMC still pending following the order for a recount, the TRS will finish well short of the mark of at least 65 seats to get the mayor's post. Read full story here

22:25 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Will fight BJP in democratic way: Owaisi

"We will fight the BJP in a democratic way. We are confident that people of Telangana will stop BJP from expanding its footprints in the state," AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi said. The AIMIM has won 44 seats in the civic body polls, behind the BJP which has won 48 seats.

22:22 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Will begin work tomorrow itself: AIMIM's Owaisi

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi: "We have won on 44 seats in Hyderabad GHMC elections. I have spoken to all newly elected corporators and asked them to begin their work from tomorrow itself."

22:21 (IST)04 Dec 2020
'Spectacular win' reaffirms PM Modi's leadership: Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on GHMC election result: "The spectacular win for BJP in Hyderabad reaffirms people's faith in PM Modi's leadership and in politics of development. Hearty congratulations to all Karyakartas of Telangana BJP for the stupendous feat."

22:06 (IST)04 Dec 2020
JP Nadda hails BJP's 'historic verdict'

BJP President JP Nadda hailed the party's impressive show at the GHMC elections. Taking to Twitter, Nadda said the "historic verdict shows that people of the country supports only & only development agenda. This result reflects people's unequivocal support to PM Modi's development & governance model."

22:03 (IST)04 Dec 2020
TRS is single-largest party, BJP makes inroads

Results have been declared for 149 of the 150 divisions in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has emerged as the single-largest party, winning 55 divisions. The BJP is the main challenger to TRS, winning 48 divisions, ahead of the AIMIM which has won 44.

21:10 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Counting of votes halted at Neredmet division

Counting of votes was halted at Neredmet division as ballot papers with distinguish markers instead of 'arrow cross-mark rubber stamp' were found in majority. The Telangana HC had directed the State Election Commission to stop counting in such a case.

20:45 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Short of 20 seats, not what we expected: TRS minister KT Rama Rao

While the ruling TRS looks all set to retain control of the city civic body in Hyderabad, Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao said the party was expecting to win more seats. 

"I thank people of Hyderabad who chose TRS as the single largest party to represent them in Council. Result is certainly not what we expected, we're short of 20-25 seats. We lost about 10-12 divisions with extremely narrow margin," news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

As per latest update, the TRS has won 56 of the 150 seats so far, followed by the BJP which has won 46. The AIMIM has emerged third with 42 seats.

20:41 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Gratitude to people for reposing faith in BJP's politics of development: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah hailed the BJP's impressive performance in the GHMC elections in Hyderabad. Taking to Twitter, he expressed gratitude to the voters who 'reposed faith in PM Modi-led BJP’s Politics of Development.'

20:32 (IST)04 Dec 2020
TRS ahead, impressive show by BJP

The ruling TRS looked all set to retain control of the city civic body, winning 56 of the 150 seats so far, while BJP's high profile campaign appeared to have paid off, with the party winning 46 seats, ahead of AIMIM's tally of 42.BJP State president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar hailed the party's performance. #BhagyanagarWithBJP #NationWithNamo pic.twitter.com/dt0GAEG18R— Arvind Dharmapuri (@Arvindharmapuri) December 4, 2020

20:01 (IST)04 Dec 2020
BJP wins 46 seats, ahead of AIMIM

Result has been declared for 146 divisions out of the 150 contested in the GHMC elections. While the TRS has maintained its lead, winning 56 seats so far, the BJP has won 46, more than AIMIM's tally of 42. The Congress could win only 2 seats as of now. 

19:48 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Moral victory, party only alternative to ruling TRS in Telangana: BJP

BJP's performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls is a "moral victory" for the party and it has emerged as the "only alternative" to the ruling TRS in Telangana, its general secretary Bhupender Yadav said on Friday.

"The results are very encouraging and a moral booster for the BJP, and in a way, it is a moral victory of the party. The results reaffirms that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and his model of good governance has acceptability across regions," Yadav, who was deputed as in-charge for the local elections in Hyderabad, told PTI.

19:15 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Congress Telangana president tenders resignation

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy has tendered his resignation owing to the party's poor performance in the GHMC elections. He has been the party's Telangana chief since 2014.

18:18 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Result announced for 121 seats: AIMIM trailing TRS

Results have been declared for 121 seats so far. The TRS has secured a lead, winning 46 seats, followed by the AIMIM (41), BJP (32), and Congress (2).

18:05 (IST)04 Dec 2020
TRS supporters celebrate party's lead in GHMC election

Supporters of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti(TRS) are celebrating the party's lead in the GHMC election. The TRS is currently leading the tally, winning 42 seats, followed by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which has won 34. 

17:47 (IST)04 Dec 2020
TRS secures lead; celebrations at party headquarters

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti(TRS) is currently leading the tally, winning 42 seats, followed by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which has won 34. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which aspires to emerge as the main challenger to TRS, has won 22 divisions so far. The Congress, which has been pushed to the sidelines, has two divisions to its credit.

17:27 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Results out for 75 divisions

Results have been declared for 75 divisions. The AIMIM has won 31 seats so far, followed by TRS (26), BJP (16), and Congress (2)

16:54 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Now, AIMIM ahead of TRS

Official results have been declared for 56 of 150 wards. The AIMIM is ahead of TRS, winning 23 seats so far, while the TRS has won 22. The BJP has won 9 seats and the Congress 2. 

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While the TRS swept the Assembly elections held in December 2018, in the parliamentary elections held in April 2019, the ruling party lost four crucial Lok Sabha seats to the BJP, and another stronghold, Malkajgiri, to the Congress, which won two other seats also. On November 10, in the Dubbak Assembly by-election, the ruling party, which had won the seat in 2018 by a huge margin, lost to the BJP. Unnerved by the loss in Dubbak, the TRS advanced the GHMC election, which was to be held in January, hoping to catch its rivals off guard.

However, the party is facing flak for its handling of the recent Hyderabad floods. People are blaming the municipal administration and the government for reacting late, and when they did, it was said to be lackadaisical and inadequate. Several residential colonies remained inundated for several days and devoid of essential supplies and drinking water as officials could not find enough pumps to take out the water.

  • What opportunity does BJP see in Hyderabad?

For the BJP, which now has two MLAs and four MPs, the civic election is an opportunity to increase its presence in Hyderabad and gain more ground in the hinterland of Telangana. Party leaders also want to prove that it is not the Congress but the BJP which is now the main rival to TRS.

Apart from Karnataka, the BJP does not have much presence in the four southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where regional parties have a tight grip. By winning four Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats, the BJP sees an opening in Telangana. This is the reason the party deputed Bihar election in-charge Bhupender Yadav, who helped the party win 72 seats there, to Hyderabad to chalk out a plan for the GHMC election. BJP leaders are optimistic that the party has replaced the Congress as the arch rival of TRS, and is set to become the top contender in the near future. The party intends to break the TRS-AIMIM alliance across the state by positioning itself as a reliable and a development-oriented alternative, and GHMC election provides the opportunity to test that strategy and strength.

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