Telangana elections 2018: How dynamics played out between parties before KCR struck home run

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]elangana caretaker Chief K Chandrashekar Rao is all set to form a government in the state for the second time. KCR won by over 50,000 votes from the Gajwel assembly constituency. KTR Rama Rao is leading by over 1 lakh vote from Sircilla seat.

KCR’s party Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS) is leading in 89 of the state’s 119 seats, the Congress-led alliance in 22. The BJP is ahead in two seats.

Telangana, the youngest state of India, went to polls on December 7 to elect its second assembly. This is the first election in Telangana after the state was created in 2014. Around 70% people exercised their voting rights in Telangana Assembly Elections, according to the Election Commission.

Telangana was supposed to have its second election in May, 2019. However, the chief minister of the state, K Chandrasekhar Rao, dissolved the assembly in September 2018 and announced for early election.

For the Congress and Naidu, a setback in the state will have ramifications for their efforts to forge a united opposition. Naidu has taken on the task of forging a united front for which, a huge 21-party meeting was held in Delhi on Monday.

Exit polls had predicted a win for KCR, as Rao is popularly known. But the victory margin was smaller.

The counting was preceded by high drama in the state. Yesterday, despite the exit poll predictions, the Congress and Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party had met Governor EL Narasimhan and requested that in case of a split verdict, they be given the first chance to form government.

The state BJP, which had bitterly criticized KCR and his party during the election campaign, hinted that they were open to backing the TRS if it distances itself from the AIMIM. But it was shot down by the party. State BJP leader K Laxman, who made the unauthorized offer, was severely reprimanded by his party.

Congress leader Hanumantha Rao said they were open ally with AIMIM, but Asaduddin Owaisi ruled it out. Owaisi said the TRS would win the election on its own and had a three-hour meeting with Rao later in the afternoon.