HYDERABAD: Ruling Telangana Rashtra Saimiti is sweeping the elections to the urban local bodies in Telangana by winning over 80 of the 120 municipalities and eight of the nine municipal corporations as per results available at 5 pm on Saturday, January 25.
The party is leading in 30 other municipalities, according to trends available. Ward-wise, the ruling party won or was leading in 1284 municipality seats state wide while the Congress was second with 413 seats and the BJP third with 187, said a Deccan Chronicle report.
In the municipal corporation elections, the TRS was ahead with 62 wards compared to 14 for the Congress and 19 for the BJP.
Voting for the 120 municipalities and nine corporations was held on January 22. Karimnagar Municipal Corporation will go for polls on January 25 and the results will be declared on January 27.
The TRS, which swept the rural local body elections in 2019, appears to be continuing its winning streak this time around too going by the trends.
The counting of votes for the Telangana municipal polls begun this morning at 8am. TRS returned to power in the assembly polls held in December 2018 by wainning 88 seats. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, however, the party could win only nine of the 17 seats.
The BJP, which claimed to the main opposition in the state after winning four Lok Sabha seats in 2019, has suffered a severe drubbing in the elections.
TRS working president, KT Rama Rao has stated that the results of the municipal elections show that people have reposed their faith in Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. He attributed the big victory in the polls to team work of ministers, MLAs and MLCs and local leaders and activists of the TRS.
Telangana BJP president K Laxman in a press conference alleged that the ruling party misused its power and "tempted" voters. He alleged that the government machinery also became a "muted spectator" to "poll violations" by the TRS party.
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