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Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: TRS wins sweeping majority for second straight term

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi has secured a simple majority in the 119-member state assembly of Telangana by winning 87 seats on December 11, 2018. While the Congress came second with 19 seats, the TDP managed to win 2 seats, the BJP won one and the others won 9.

Dec 12, 2018 09:15 IST
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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has secured a simple majority in the 119-member state assembly of Telangana by winning 87 seats on December 11, 2018.

While the Congress came second with 19 seats, the TDP managed to win 2 seats, the BJP won one and the others won 9. With the clear mandate, the KCR-led party is preparing to form the government in the state for the second straight term.

The early elections called by Chief Minister KCR are the second-ever assembly elections of the new state. The first one had taken place in 2014, right after the state’s creation following its separation from Andhra Pradesh.

Key Highlights

 TRS wins sweeping majority for second straight term in Telangana

The polling was held in a single phase in the state on December 7, 2018. The voter turnout was recorded as 73.20 per cent.

The counting of votes was underway for 119 constituencies, in which 1821 candidates contested.

Besides the KCR-led TRS, the other main players in the elections included the Congress-led alliance called ‘Prajakutami’ or the “people’s alliance”-  which also consists of the Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India (CPI) and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) – and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, won his Gajwel seat by more than 51,000 votes over his nearest Congress rival V Pratap Reddy.

KCR's son and minister K T Rama Rao emerged triumphant from Sircilla segment, defeating nearest Congress rival K K Mahender Reddy by a margin of 88,000 votes.

KCR's nephew and cabinet colleague T Harish Rao also won with a huge margin of 1,18,499 votes in Siddpet constituency, defeating the nearest Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) rival Bhavani Reddy, who secured 12,596 votes.

Other prominent candidates among those who won include ministers E Rajender and T Srinivas Yadav and AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi, brother of party chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who won from Chandrayangutta constituency.

 

Telangana Assembly Elections

Party

Seats Won in 2014

Seats Won in 2018

Voter Percentage

TRS

63

88

73.1 per cent

INC

21

19

16 per cent

TDP

15

2

1.7 per cent

BJP

5

1

0.8 per cent

Others

15

9

7.6 per cent

Early Elections

The Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved the Telangana assembly in September 2018, almost nine months before its term was supposed to end.

Governor ESL Narasimhan accepted the resolution after a visit by Rao, who chaired the 15-minute cabinet meeting that took the decision.

 The polling in Telangana was due in April-May 2019, along with the Lok Sabha General Elections.

The final call of clubbing Telangana elections with the elections of the four states- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya was taken by the Election Commission.

The TRS had won 90 of the 119 seats in the state assembly. The state sends 17 members to the Lok Sabha.

Currently, the incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi's K. Chandrasekhar Rao is the leader of the house and chief minister of the state.

Other leading political parties contesting the Telangana Assembly polls are - the Indian National Congress, Telangana Jana Samithi, Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party. 

2014 Telangana Assembly Elections

The first assembly elections of the newly formed state Telangana was held concurrently with the Lok Sabha Elections of 2014.

The elections saw 72 per cent voter turnout with more than 2.81 crore voters exercising their voting rights.

The results were declared in May 2014, in which KCR’s TRS won 63 seats, followed by the Congress at the second position with 21 seats.

Among others, TDP won 15 seats, AIMIM won 7 seats and BJP won 5 seats.

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