Telanagana Elections: Tough Time For KCR

 SMTV Desk 2018-12-10 14:50:27  KCR, Congess, Rahul Gandhi, Telangana Elections
Telanagana Elections: Tough Time For KCR

Hyderabad, December 10: All eyes are set on the outcome of the closely fought election battle in Telangana State, which went to polls for the first time on December 7 after being officially carved out in June four years ago.

According to the detailes, With multiple exit polls predicting a mixed array of results, the big question is: did the people choose a clear mandate?

It is known that, The three-way battle in the state was fiercely fought between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), Prajakutami — the Congress-TDP alliance and the BJP, which is desperately trying to gain a foothold in the state.

We all knew that, Most exit polls have predicted that KCR, who is fighting for a second chance, will be able to retain the reins of power. In 2014, the sentiment attached to the Telangana agitation was the key reason for TRS to come out with a convenient majority. The party, at that time, had won 63 seats, slightly crossing the magic number 60.

On the other hand, the Congress and TDP had won 21 and 15 seats respectively. Their vote share was 25 and 15 percent, which when combined brings it to 40 percent, trumping the 34 percent vote share of the TRS.

So even though the poll surveys are pointing at a Telangana Rastra samithi victory, political analysts insist that there is a high chance of arithmetic logic playing a larger role in the mandate decision. It certainly does not seem to be a smooth ride for KCR due to the anti-incumbency factor. The party has been banking on the various welfare schemes for saving grace, while at the same time claiming that the seats number would touch a 100 this time.

It is known that, The Prajakutami alliance between Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu who have both been campaigning aggressively in the state, has 98 Congress candidates, 13 from TDP, 8 from TJS and 3 from CPI. Bitter rivals since the 80s, Congress and TDP have, for the first time, joined hands to beat KCR.

Going by the 2014 elections calculation, this alliance could eat up the vote share of the ruling party in at least 16 constituencies and may also be able to maintain its hold on the 37 seats it had won in 2014. But this would be possible only if there is a smooth vote transfer.

There still remains a lot of sentiment around the Telangana agitation. And with Naidu coming into the fray, the fight is now again about Telangana vs Andhra Pradesh.

In fact, both KCR and his son K. T. Rama Rao (KTR) have been saying that Naidu, who opposed the Telangana movement, is trying to gain back his control over the state with the “proxy alliance”.

The third player Bharathiya Jantha Party BJP has managed to get about 5 seats the last time. The party was in an alliance with TDP in 2014. Now, without a regional party support, the former has gone all out in the hope of gaining foothold.