HYDERABAD: Riding the crest of a separate statehood campaign, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Friday swept the by-elections in the region winning six of the 12 assembly seats and leading in five others.
The ruling Congress and main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) drew a blank with Congress suffering a humiliation when its state unit president, Mr D Srinivas lost again in Nizamabad Urban seat like in the last assembly elections.
In the elections forced by the resignation of sitting MLAs in favour of separate Telangana demand earlier this year, the TRS, spearheading the agitation, has retained six seats and was on course to winning another five. While ten seats were held by it, a TDP MLA, who resigned his seat and joined TRS, emerged victorious this time. One seat has gone to Bharatiya Janata Party, which it had held earlier.
TRS, headed by Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, was leading in the five seats with substantial margins and the results of these constituencies have been delayed as ballot papers were used there because of a huge number of candidates.
Enthused by the fresh success at the hustings, TRS leaders said they would intensify the agitation for a separate state, with renewed vigour until the goal is achieved. A committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Srikrishna, is going into the demand for Telangana state and has been given time till December to give its report. The victory margins of the TRS candidates were also impressive. Mr Rao’s nephew, Mr T Harish Rao retained his Siddipet seat with a massive margin of over 95,000 votes.