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Hyderabad Civic Polls: TRS Loses Ground, Fails to Win Majority as BJP Makes Huge Progress to Become Second Largest Party | India News

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NEW DELHI: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) suffered a severe blow in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls by failing to obtain a clear majority. The TRS emerged as the largest party, but it is the BJP that is celebrating as it has made great strides in controversial civic body polls.
The TRS led by K Chandrashekar Rao, which swept the 2016 civic polls by winning 99 districts, has returned in much reduced force by bagging just 55 districts this time. You will now need the support of AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi to run the GHMC.
The BJP, on the other hand, mounted on a very aggressive star-studded campaign, which was led by Amit Shah and JP Nadda, has won 48 districts and rightly claimed a “moral victory” in these civic polls.
AIMIM, the third key player in these elections, has stood firm by bagging 44 municipal seats, the same as it had achieved in the last elections.

Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, who held a road show on the last day of the campaign, thanked the people of Telangana for placing their faith in the BJP development policy led by Prime Minister Modi.
KT Rama Rao, who led the TRS campaign, claimed that the party lost by extremely narrow margins in around 10 to 12 divisions.
“I thank the people of Hyderabad who chose TRS as the largest party to represent them on the Council. The result is certainly not what we expected, we are short of 20-25 seats,” KTR said.
Congress relegated to the distant fourth
For Congress, the results of the GHMC poll will be a huge disappointment. The party that won 2 seats in 2016 could not improve its account despite all efforts.
Telangana Pradesh Congressional Committee Chairman N Uttam Kumar Reddy has resigned after the party’s poor performance in civic elections.
Congress saw key leaders leave the party before the civic elections and has been relegated to a distant fourth in the civic body.
Importance of BJP’s victory
The impressive performance of the BJP in these elections is significant, as it clearly indicates that the party has replaced Congress as the main rival of TRS in the state.
In the last assembly elections, the BJP managed to win just one seat with a 6.98 percent vote share, while Congress had won 19 seats with a 28.43 percent vote share.
However, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP made impressive gains by winning 4 seats with a 19.65 percent vote share. The party followed this up with a victory in the Dubbaka by-elections.
With an eye toward the upcoming assembly elections, the BJP’s total campaign in civic elections, which raised several questions, was a well-planned move to move quickly and fill the void created by a shrinking Congress in the state.
For TRS, the results of the Hyderabad civic polls will be an eye opener and an indication of the kind of challenge that awaits the ruling party in the upcoming assembly elections.

Times of India

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