Telangana MLC Results: As expected, the ruling Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) has taken all the 12 local authorities constituencies (LAC) quota MLC seats. While six were unanimously won TRS candidates, there has been a fight for rest six seats. Though initially Congress had decided to contest all the six seats, later it dropped the plans and contested in only two seats. Despite TRS sweeping the polls, it is definitely a morale booster for Congress as it seems to have brought in cross-voting in two districts!
Yes, as Congress predicted cross voting happened and members of ruling TRS have definitely voted for Congress candidates who have contest Medak and Khammam district seats. In both the seats, Congress has done better than expected, which only proved that their contesting the elections was not just to keep its flock together but also to test the kind of response that the party commands in the districts.
“The performance of Congress is heartening for its cadre. It started with just to keep their cadre together and also to prove that Congress party would fight the ruling TRS for all its atrocities as well as to examine the level of anti-incumbency in the state, now has proved that the party is still in the reckoning and this new enthusiasm should help the party recoup in the state,” said senior Congress leader in Hyderabad.
Congress MLA and PCC working president T Jagga Reddy termed the results of the MLC elections under local bodies as a ‘moral victory’ for the party and slammed the ‘camp politics’ of the TRS. Responding to the results announced on Tuesday, Jagga Reddy whose wife Nirmala Jagga Reddy contested from composite (Old) Medak district said that despite all-out efforts and inducements by the ruling party, the Congress was able to cross the 231-mark and also received seven votes from members of other parties. “We shall be gaining all the lost ground in the next Assembly elections,” he declared.
While there is much enthusiasm within the party, many are still wondering why Congress didn’t contest all the six MLC seats. Some Congress workers feel that the top leaders in the party were not allowing it to regain its lost ground. In fact the Congress ZPTC chairman from Nalgonda contested independently and there was no support from Congress to him. “The party didn’t contest the elections; at least Congress state leaders could have extended support to my candidature, even that didn’t happen. This only proves that there are enemies for the party within and it will be difficult to make a comeback in the state if this trend continues,” he explained.