After exit polls sideline anti-incumbency scare, ruling TRS expects majority in Telangana

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]howing confidence over their first independent election contest in a decade, in Telangana, the Bhartiya Janata Party is claiming to win and play a “vital role” in forming government there. “We have contested the election on our own for the first time after a decade. We have contested the polls to win. The BJP will be part of the government,” said state BJP president K Laxman, reported PTI.

Meanwhile, the ruling party has also asserted its claim to power.

“We are confident that we will form the government on its own. There is no need for any support,” said TRS leader and Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar.

The state went for election on December 7 and the results will be out on Tuesday.

Exit poll predictions

Nearly all the exit polls conducted by several news agencies on Friday predicted incumbent caretaker Chief Minister Rao-led TRS retaining another term with a clear majority in Telangana. For Telangana’s 119 seats, Times Now-CNX projected a clean sweep for the ruling the TRS with 66 seats. It gave 37 to Congress and 7 to BJP while others were given 9.

According to the Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat, the TRS is likely to bag 50-65 seats and Congress is likely to win 38-52. Meanwhile, the survey gave 4-7 to BJP and 8-14 to others. The majority mark is 60.

TRS vs Congress-led People’s Front vs AIMIM

  • Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao is leading the fight for his party Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) as he fights incumbency to retain power in the 119-member house.
  • He is up against Congress-led People’s Front that also includes Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, state activist leader Kodandaram’s TJS and CPI, even as BJP threatens to make it a triangular contest.
  • Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen is the other major contender in the polls claiming the support of the around 12% Muslim population in the state.
  • Although campaigning focused on local and development issues, it has been bitter with personalised attacks by leaders of various parties, who relied on emotional issues too to sway voters.
  • While Rao has attacked the Congress alliance, claiming that rulers from Andhra will return, Chandrababu Naidu clarified that he wouldn’t rule Telangana.

The assembly was dissolved in September, more than 10 months before it had to complete its term.

Around 67.5% of the 2.8 crore electorate exercised the franchise on December 7. As many as 1,821 candidates are contesting the elections and hope to get into the 119-member house.

A large number of people, including national badminton player Jwala Gutta, claimed that their names had been removed from the voters list and so, were unable to exercise their franchise.