Greater Hyderabad civic polls: TRS juggernaut decimates opposition

CM K Chandrasekhar Rao-led party clears halfway mark comfortably; Cong, TDP-BJP combine bite the dust

Hyderabad: The ruling TRS in Telangana yesterday pulled off a spectacular victory and coasted to majority in the prestigious Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, and decimated the TDP-BJP alliance and the Congress.

A jubilant KCR gestures following his party’s landslide victory in the civic polls yesterday. pic/pti
A jubilant KCR gestures following his party’s landslide victory in the civic polls yesterday. Pic/PTI

From not contesting the last GHMC polls in 2009, the TRS led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) bagged a whopping 96 seats in the 150-member house and was leading in four divisions tonight at the time of copy going to the press.

In comparison, it was a humiliating defeat for the TDP-BJP alliance and the congress party. While BJP won three seats, TDP and Congress bagged just one each.

In what turned out to be a two-horse race, Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM bagged 36 divisions, and was leading in four, trying to match its 2009 performance of 43 seats. MIM in 2009 had shared power with the Congress, which then had in its kitty 55 seats.

“It has always been a fractured verdict (in Hyderabad). I thank the people, TRS leaders and workers for this victory. We should not have arrogance. We should move ahead with humility,” KCR told reporters.

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