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Telangana Election Results 2018: KCR says TRS will play ‘crucial role’ in national politics

Telangana Assembly Election Results 2018: TRS romps homes in spectacular fashion.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2018 6:49:55 pm
Telangana Election Results 2018: KCR is expected to return for a second term as chief minister.

Telangana Assembly Election Results 2018: Pouring cold water on the Congress-led alliance hopes to wrest power in Telangana, the TRS is returning for a second term with K Chandrasekhar Rao as its chief minister. What is worrying for the ‘Praja Kutami’ is the TRS is won over 80 seats, at least one third more than its previous tally, and has cornered a lion share of the votes. The motley group of Opposition parties — Congress, TDP, TJS, CPI — has failed to make any considerable gains in this election despite having a combined vote-share of close to 40 per cent from 2014.

Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to call for early polls has worked in his favour. Though most exit polls pointed towards a TRS victory, the party has struck a decisive blow and has won this one by a landslide. The results are a setback for TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was testing the waters with his ‘Praja Kutami’ experiment ahead of 2019 general elections. Meanwhile, the BJP is likely to be reduced to just two seats with most of its prominent faces staring at embarrassing defeats.

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    17:12 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    KCR says party shot itself in foot in Khammam

    KCR says internal issues have caused the TRS to suffer loses in Khammam.  He adds that he not afraid to acknowledge mistakes. Telangana Assembly Speaker was one main TRS candidates who lost in Khammam region. 

    17:10 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    KCR takes swipe at BJP and TDP

    "There are certain forces and parties in this country who play dirty politics, silly politics...

    "It is not about alignment of parties...it is not bringing together four parties and patting oneself on the back. It is about uniting the polity of India. Getting elected once is ok but getting relected is reimposing the people's faith," KCR said. 

    17:09 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    TRS will play a crucial role in national politics: KCR

    "We will play a very crucial role in national politics... The country needs a non-Congress, non-BJP government. Today's results showed that a non-congress, non-bjp state is possible. We have no bosses or agents, we are purely agents of the people of telangana. The country definitely needs a new economic model, a new agriculture model. We are a very rich agriculture country, we are lagging behind. We only think of production, we don't have productivity. We are lagging behind countries like China and Israel. We should be ashamed of ourselves. I will very soon be going to Delhi...," he said.

    17:01 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    KCR is addressing the press

    "We all should be proud that elections were conducted in a free and fair manner. There were no stray incidents of booth capturing or rioting...there wasn't a single incident of law and order issue. The police and EC carried out the elections very well, I would like to thank them, " he said.

    15:45 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    TDP chief says results show a strong alternative to the BJP is emerging


    TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu is addressing the press. "TDP respects the mandate of people of Telangana. Congratulations to Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Also, best wishes to all the newly elected public representatives of 5 states," he said.

    He targetted the BJP saying the election results in five states will help form a strong alternative at the Centre.

    "People recognize that BJP has done nothing in last 5 years and moving towards alternative. People are with us in our fight against BJP. These 5 states results will help form a strong alternative to the BJP," Naidu said.

    15:31 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Chandrababu Naidu congratulates winners of assembly elections in all 5 states
    14:59 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Chandrababu Naidu congratulates KCR
    14:35 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    KCR wins Gajwel

    KCR has won the Gajwel Assembly seat by over 50,000 votes.  However, his nephew and son have won with higher vote margins in Siricilla and Siddipet. 

    14:21 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Action moves to Madhya Pradesh

    With Telangana sealed by the TRS, all eyes are on the result in Madhya Pradesh where the Congress and incumbent BJP are neck-and-neck. The leads have been swinging wildly between the two parties after every passing round of counting. Madhya Pradesh is the only state where the BJP is pinning its hopes on after Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have gone Congress' way. 

    14:09 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    TDP says it is time for introspection

    Meanwhile, humbled by the TRS at the ballot box, the TDP has called for introspection over the "failure" of the 'Praja Kutami'.

    "We have to analyse the factors that contributed to the success of TRS and failure of our alliance," said Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, senior leader of TDP, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

    "We were expecting to get more number of seats. The results are not to our expectations," Reddy told PTI.

    13:56 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Missing names from voter lists

    ICYMI: Around 20 lakh names were missing from voter lists in Telangana i.e eight per cent of the electorate. The state election commission CEO apologised after several complained over the discrepancies. Ace shuttler Jwala Gutta was among those whose names were found to be missing. 

    13:52 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Vote margins soar

    97,680/70,207/68,342/ 57,618/ 57,143/ 46,107: These are some of the vote margins by which TRS candidates are winning in Telangana. It just shows the party's dominance in this election as it cornered a lion's share in terms of vote share.  Meanwhile, AIMIM candidates Moazam Khan and Akbaruddin Owaisi are winning by a margin of 80,902 and 72,544 votes, respectively. 

    13:30 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Telangana election results 2018: Prominent BJP faces stare at defeat

    BJP state president Dr K Laxman is a tight race in Musheerabad, though it is only for second place as TRS candidate Muta Gopal is leading by over 10,000 votes. Laxman is currently third, trailing INC candidate Anil Kumar Yadav by over 300 votes. Another prominent BJP face, G Kishan Reddy is traling by over 5,000 votes in Amberpet. However, BJP's controversial MLA T Raja Singh, who was trailing earlier, is now back in the lead in Goshamahal with a margin of over 5,000 votes.

    13:09 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    When TRS and TDP joined hands to defeat the Congress

    It is interesting to note that the TDP and TRS were once alliance partners in undivided Andhra Pradesh. The two parties had come together to oust Y S Rajasekhar Reddy's Congress in the 2009 assembly elections.  However, YSR returned for a second term as chief minister and the TRS walked out of the alliance and joined NDA at Centre. 

    12:59 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Actor Harikrishna's daughter is losing by a huge margin in Kukatpally

    One of the prominent TDP candidates losing this election is Nandamuri Venkata Suhasini, the daughter of late TDP leader and actor Nandamuri Harikrishna, who died in a road accident this year. Several members of the Nandamuri clan, who are accomplished actors, have put their weight behind Suhasini, who contesting her maiden election from Kukatpally. She is losing by more than 20,000 votes to TRS candidate Madhavaram Krishna Rao, who previously won the constituency on a TDP ticket.

    12:39 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Humbled by results, says TRS minister K T Rama Rao

    An upbeat K T Rama Rao has thanked the people of Telangana for giving TRS the opportunity to serve them again. He is currently leading by over 60,000 votes over his nearest rival in Sircilla. His father and TRS chief KChandrasekhar Rao is leading by over 37,000 votes in Gajwel seat over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy.

    12:34 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Photo finish in over 10 seats

    Constituency name, Party leading/trailing,  (vote margin) 

    Asifabad,  TRS leading ( 242), Dharmapur, Congress leading (34), Ibrahimpatnam, BSP trailing (978), Malakpet, BJP trailing (535), Mancherial, INC leading (624), Nampalli AIMIM leading (356),  Pargi, TRS leading (209), Palair, INC leading (746),  Suryapet, TRS leading (269), Tandur, INC leading (458), Thungathurthy, INC leading (615), Wyra, TRS leading (104). 

    12:14 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Rajnath Singh puts on brave face

    Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, the Union Minister said: "Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning. But Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana." 

    While it is true that the 'Praja Kutami' has failed in denting TRS' prospects, the BJP too has failed to put on a strong show despite the party investing heavily in the state.  

    12:10 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    TRS gains, TDP loses heavily in terms of vote share

    The TRS has improved its vote share to 48 per cent, an increase of almost 14 per cent from 2014. It appears the TDP is biggest loser in terms of vote share as the party slipped to 2.5 per cent from its previous tally of around 14 per cent. Meanwhile, dealing a blow to BJP president Amit Shah's ambition of making inroads into the South via Telangana, the party is likely to win two seats at best.

    12:04 (IST)11 Dec 2018
    Telangana elections results 2018: BJP MLA who wanted to rename Hyderabad is trailing

    T Raja Singh, the sitting BJP MLA who promised to rename Hyderabad, is trailing by 2,000 votes in Goshamahal to TRS candidate Prem Singh Rathore. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has campaigned for Singh and repeated the party's promise to rename Hyderabad as Bhayanagar if voted to power. Singh stint in the assembly has been marred by his controversial and polarising statements against minorities.

    Telangana Assembly Election Results 2018 Telangana Election Results 2018 LIVE: Congress party President Rahul Gandhi with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu at a press conference. (File)

    The TRS, led by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), had dissolved the Assembly about eight months ahead of schedule in the hope of taking the opposition parties by surprise and to avoid a direct clash with the Lok Sabha elections. TRS and BJP are contesting all 119 seats. As per the seat-sharing arrangement in Prajakutami, Congress is contesting on 99 seats and TDP, TJS and CPI are contesting 13, eight and three seats, respectively. The Bahujan Left Front is also contesting all 119 seats.

    AIMIM, which won all seven seats it contested last time, is hoping to capture the eight seats it is contesting this time.