It is surprising to note that the Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad is very keen for tomorrow results of recently held MLC elections for six local area constituency (LAC) seats. Everyone is aware that ruling Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) will easily win all the six seats, but the hopes of Congress is definitely raising curiosity and also confusion in the minds of people. Why is Congress keen on MLC results?
The results for the MLC elections that were held on December 10 will be announced tomorrow. The counting of the votes is expected to start from 8 am. All the six constituencies are sitting seats of the TRS. The keen interest will be on two seats – Khammam and Karimnagar. The Coingress in Khammam and a TRS rebel in Karimnagar claimed that they have got cross-voting from the TRS elected representatives.
It is not clear whether cross-voting has really happened or not, but reports of TRS elected representatives voting for Congress and TRS rebel has brought in some curiosity into otherwise a dull and predictable elections. Considering the numbers, the Congress candidates, contesting Medak and Khammam LAC seats, or independents – stand no chance of getting elected even if they succeed in mustering the support of BJP and Left parties. However, they are heavily hoping on the cross-voting from TRS electors.
On the other hand, the ruling party is holding its flock together with carrot and stick approach. It is also understood that that the party has also been seeking the support of the Left in spite of having clear majority numbers-wise.
Congress Khammam town president Mohammed Javed is hoping that the votes of CPI and CPM were split between the Congress and TRS while TDP votes were polled in favour of the Congress. The Congress is expecting to get a decent number of votes in Medak with TPCC working president T Jayaprakash Reddy having announced that he would resign from his party post and continue as a party member and MLA if his wife Nirmala fails to poll at least 230 votes.
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Interestingly the Congress is not looking at winning the elections but, according to sources inside Gandhi Bhavan, the leaders looking at the kind of cross-voting that was likely to happen; who are the people who have voted for their party; and who within their party have changed their colours. “This exercise is important and this is the reason Congress is keen on MLC poll results because it will help them understand the opportunities they have in next assembly elections and also how well were they able to keep their flock together,” said senior Congress party leader in Hyderabad.
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