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TRS bags four, Congress two MLC seats

Wed 30 Dec 2015, 19:46:51

In the fiercely fought local bodies MLC elections held for six seats in the Telangana State, the ruling TRS maintained its supremacy by bagging four seats and its nearest rival Congress managed to win two seats. While the ruling party won one seat each in Khammam and Mahbubnagar, it bagged two seats in the Ranga Reddy district. The Congress party managed to get one seat each in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts.

In Khammam district, TRS candidate Balasani Lakshminarayana bagged the seat by a margin of 31 votes. In the counting of votes held on Wednesday, the TRS nominee got 313 first priority votes and three second priority votes. With this, Balasani was declared elected by a margin of 31 votes. In contrast, CPI candidate Puvvada Nageshwara Rao got 285 votes --- 275 first priority votes and 10 second priority votes. Similarly YSR Congress Party candidate Lingala Kamal Raju got 102 first priority votes and no votes in second priority. Curiously, 10 members, who supported two independent candidates at the time of filing nomination papers, failed to exercise their franchise. Consequently, the TRS candidate emerged victorious by a margin of 31 votes over the CPI leader. With this, the TRS leaders and activists celebrated the win on a grand scale.

  In Mahbubnagar district, TRS candidate Kasireddi Narayana Reddy has won defeating his nearest Congress candidate by a margin of 65 votes. While the TRS nominee got 445 votes, the Congress candidate secured 380 votes. However, in another seat in the district, Damodar Reddy of the Congress managed to win the election.

In the Nalgonda district, the Congress candidate emerged victorious in the fiercely fought election for which polling was held on Sunday. Surprisingly, Congress candidate Rajagopal Reddy won the seat by a handsome margin of 193 votes humbling ruling party nominee Chinnapa Reddy. Out of 1110 voters in all, only 1100 voters exercised franchise. While 642 voters favoured the Congress candidate,449 voted for TRS. Independent candidates Purushotham Reddy got two votes and Sunakara Mallesh Goud secured only one vote. Six votes were declared invalid by the Returning officer.

With this, the Congress stalwarts Uttam Kumar Reddy, CLP leader K Jana Reddy, deputy CLP leader Komatireddy Venkat Reddy heaved a sigh of relief and felt happy that they could salvage their prestige with Rajagopal Reddy’s win.

In the Ranga Reddy district, the ruling TRS hoisted its flag by winning both the MLC seats in the district. Patnam Narendar Reddy and Shambipur Raju were elected. The TRS leaders and activists celebrated the occasion. 

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