Naidu ahead in Seemandhra while Cong makes some gains in Telangana

In an indication of the voter’s mind in Andhra Pradesh, which is in the process of being bifurcated, the TDP is leading in the municipal elections in Seemandhra , while the Congress is ahead in Telangana.

Though the voters are predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas, the verdict was resoundingly for the TDP in the 92 municipal bodies in the 13 districts of Seemandhra. According to trends, the TDP is way ahead with 58 municipal bodies and the YSR Congress Party a distant second with 15.

The the rest of the bodies are not getting a clear mandate. The Congress drew a blank.

In the 53 corporations in Telangana, none of the major parties got a clear mandate. The Congress was ahead in 12 municipalities, while the TRS, TDP and MIM scored in three, four and one, respectively. In the balance 33 municipalities the result was hung.

The elections to the 145 municipal bodies in the State were held on March 30.

Are these results an indication of the verdict in the Assembly and LS polls held simultaneously on April 30?

In the Telangana region, traditionally the Congress has a strong organisational presence and party cadre across all the districts. The TDP also has a significant base.

However, the TRS is limited to 5-6 districts. These results in a way reflect these strengths, say political analysts.

The picture in Telangana indicates there are no clear favourites to take credit for the creation of the new State. While the Congress seems to have failed to fully exploit its controversial decision, the TRS has definitely not benefitted much.

In the case of Seemandhra, the results point to the strong presence of the TDP as well as the positive vote for Naidu’s pro-development plank in the urban areas.

The fact that in 4-5 districts the YSR Congress hardly made any impact, including the Rayalseema region, shows that youth, urban middle class are pro-development and pro-Naidu and Modi, said TDP sources.

(This article was published on May 12, 2014)
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