Telangana election 2018 Updates: Asaduddin Owaisi hails KCR as the leader that the ‘nation deserved’

New Delhi: Counting of votes will be taken up on Tuesday morning to decide the fate of 1,821 candidates trying their luck for 119 assembly seats in Telangana.

Ahead of the results, a flurry of activity was witnessed in Hyderabad on Monday, with the BJP hinting at supporting K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS in forming the government if it fell short of a majority and AIMIM pledging support.

The Congress-led 4-party People’s Front, meanwhile, met Governor ESL Narasimhan and requested that the alliance be treated as a “single entity” in the event of a hung assembly.

Though most exit polls have forecast an easy win for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, some predicted a keen contest between it and the Congress-led “Praja Katumi”, which also comprises the TDP, CPI and the newly formed Telangana Jana Samithi.

BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao noted that most exit polls have predicted that the TRS would retain power and they were likely to be on the mark.

When asked about options before the BJP, a marginal player in Telangana, in case of a hung assembly, Rao said it was difficult to comment as one does not know as of now what would be the shortfall for the TRS. The counting will begin at 8 am.

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7:00pm: K Chandrashekar Rao, the regional satrap and the caretaker of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, won with a huge margin of over 60,000 votes and is set to return as CM for his second succesive term. He was able to secure 1,20,608 votes while his rival candidate, Vanteru Pratap Reddy, of Congress, could get 63,686 votes.

6:30pm: Telangana Election Results: List of Winners

  • K Chandrashekar Rao, the caretaker CM and TRS chief, wins from Gajwel against Pratap Reddy of Congress by a margin of 50,000 votes.
  • Akbaruddin Owaisi of AIMIM wins from Chandrayangutta constituency.
  • Sri Sayanna of TRS wins from Secunderabad constituency.
  • T Harish Rao, TRS minister and KCR’s nephew, wins from Siddipet against Marikanti Bhavani with a margin of 1.2 lakhs. It is the highest winning margin this election.
  • Narender Reddy of TRS wins from Kodangal constituency against Congress’ Revanth Reddy.
  • M Sanjay Kumar of TRS wins from Jagtial constituency against Congress’ T Jeevan Reddy by 57,127 votes.
  • Sunke Ravishankar of TRS wins from Choppadandi against Congress’ Medipalli Satyam by a margin of 42,249 votes.
  • Moazam Khan of AIMIM wins from Bahadurpura against TRS’ Mir Inayath Ali Baqri by 82,518 votes.
  • Podem Veeraiah of the Congress wins from Bhadrachalam constituency against TRS’ Tellam Venkata Rao by a margin of 11,785 votes.
  • KT Rama Rao of TRS wins from Siricilla against Kondam Karuna Mahender Reddy of Congress by a margin of 89,009 votes.
  • Gampa Govardan of TRS wins Kamareddy against Mohd Ali Shabbir by a margin of 4,557 votes
  • Kaleru Venkatesham of TRS wins Amberpet against BJP’s G Kishan Reddy by a margin of 1,016 votes.
  • Ahannagari Jeevan Reddy of TRS wins Armur against Congress’ Akula Lalitha by 28,795 votes.
  • Pocharam Srinivas Reddy (Parige) of TRS wins Banswada against Kasula Balaraju of Congress by 18,485 votes.
  • Bapu Rao Rathod of TRS wins Boath against Bapu Rao Soyam of the Congress by a margin of 6,486 votes.
  • Ramavath Ravindra Kumar of TRS wins Devarakonda against Balu Naik Nenavath by 38,848 votes.
  • Eshwar Koppula of TRS wins Dharmapuri against Adluri Laxman Kumar of Congress by 441 votes.
  • Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy of TRS wins Gadwal against Aruna DK of Congress by 28,260 votes.
  • T Raja Singh of BJP wins Goshamahal against Prem Singh Rathore of TRS by 17,734 votes.
  • Eatala Rajender of TRS wins Huzurabad against Kaushik Reddy Padi of Congress by 43,719 votes.

5:16pm: Nation deserves a leader like KCR: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday extended his party’s full support to KCR-led TRS and hailed K Chandrashekar Rao as the leader that the “nation deserved”. He backed the idea of a non-BJP and non-Congress front, and even suggested that Congress President Rahul Gandhi “should introspect.”

4:53pm: KCR addresses media after emphatic win

After TRS’ impressive performance in the Telangana Assembly Elections, party chief and caretaker CM K Chandrashekar Rao addressed the media at party head quarters in Hyderabad. At the party office, he was greeted by supporters and garlanded an idol of a goddess. TRS is leading in 85 seats, as per trends at 4:57 pm.

4:06pm: KCR reaches party office

With the Telugu Desam Party (TDP)’s second term almost guaranteed in Telangana, going by the latest trends that put TRS ahead in 86 seats, party chief K Chandrashekar Rao reached the party office in Hyderabad. The TRS is looking at a landslide victory as its rival, the Congress-led Prajakutami, was ahead in only 23 seats and the BJP leading in 1 seat. Teh official Twitter account of the TRS tweeted on Tuesday, “This is the victory of the people of Telangana.”

3:04pm:  Chandrababu Naidu congratulates KCR

As latest trends showed that the TRS was set to return to power in Telangana with a landslide victory, TDP chief congratulated his rival, TRS chief KCR, for winning the Telangana Assembly elections. Naidu had played a crucial role in stitching the Prajakutami – the Congress-led alliance of which TDP’s a member – to take on the TRS stalwart KCR. In a brief tweet, he wrote, “Congratulating KCR garu for winning the Assembly elections in Telangana.”

2:56pm: ‘Cong-led alliance need to analyse failure’, says TDP

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Tuesday admitted that the Congress-led alliance, of which it is a member, needed to “analyse and introspect”  on the coalition’s “failure”  to win in the Telangana Assembly elections. As per PTI, senior TDP leader Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy said, “We have to analyse the factors that contributed to the success of TRS and failure of our alliance…We have to analyse and introspect where it went wrong, and we have to work together.”

2:25pm: KCR wins from Gajwel

Caretaker chief minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao has won from Gajwel constituency by a margin of 50,000 votes against his nearest Congress rival, Pratap Reddy. The TRS has gained an unassailable lead and was ahead in 86 seats, while the Congress-led Prajakutami alliance was ahead in 22 seats, as per latest trends at 2:30 pm.

1:42pm: Congress lodges complaint with Telangana CEO

Even as trends for Telangana election results showed that the Congress-led ‘Prajakutami’ alliance was trailing behind the TRS, a Congress delegation has submitted a complaint to Telangana Chief Electoral officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar, expressing doubts that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) may have been tampered in the state. As of trends at 1:45 pm, Congress-led alliance was leading in 23 seats, while the TRS was ahead in 85 seats.

12:41pm: ‘Telangana has given victory to TRS,’ says K Kavitha

As TRS established a formidable lead ahead of its opponents as per the latest trends for Telangana Election results, K Kavitha, daughter of KCR and TRS MP, dismissed Congress’ allegations that incidents of EVM-tampering in the state, terming them as “false”. She also said that the people had given victory to the TRS. Speaking to ANI, she said, “The losing party always says the EVMs have been tampered with, this is absolutely false. Even the CEC in a press meeting yesterday said that it is not possible to tamper EVMs. People have given victory to TRS, what Congress is claiming is false.”

12:34pm: ‘Grateful, indebted,’ KTR tweets

TRS leader and KCR’s son, KT Rama Rao took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the people of Telangana as TRS looked set to form the government in the state for the second term. In his tweet he said, “Grateful, indebted & Humbled” and added, “Thanks Telangana for keeping the faith in KCR Garu & giving us another opportunity to serve you.” KTR was leading in Sircilla constituency with 87,473 votes. Congress’ Mehender Reddy was in the second place at 21,424. As per trends at 12:33 pm, TRS was leading in the state in 92 seats, with Congress-led alliance ahead in just 17 seats.

12:25pm: Congress’ Revanth Reddy trailing in Kodangul

Revanth Reddy, who was with the TDP before joining the Congress in 2017, is trailing in Kodangal constituency by 7,162 votes as per trends availaible at 12:26 pm. His opponent, Narendra Reddy was leading in the constituency by 31,770 votes.

 12:12pm: ‘Mahagathbandhan has failed in Telangana’

Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, after latest trends showed that the Congress-led alliance, called Prajakutami, was trailing behind TRS and was ahead on only 24 seats compared to the KCR-led party which was ahead in 87. The Prajakutami, called the People’s Alliance, consists of Congress, the Telugu Desam Party and Communist Party of India (CPI) and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS).  BJP was ahead in 3 seats.

He also reacted on the BJP’s performance in other states, like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the Congress seems poised to snatch these states from the saffron party. “Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning. But Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana.”

11:40: Congress blames ‘EVM tampering’

As Congress faced another defeat at Telangana, despite being a part of the alliance called Prajakutami, it was trailing in the Telangana election results, as per the latest trends. However, Congress blamed its apparent loss on alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Telangana Congress President N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that all the Congress will lodge a complaint to RO officers “We will also complaint to ECI on this matter. How can TRS leaders say before counting that who will lose in elections?”

11:38am: Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states: Mamata Banejree

Rajasthan BJP debacle: “Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the ‘man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners,” West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweets

11:18am: Uttam Kumar Reddy leading in Huzurnagar constituency

Telangana state chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy was leading in Huzurnagar constituency by 1,852 votes against TRS’ Saidi Reddy after the third round. Reddy had been touted as the possible chief ministerial candidate if the Congress-led Prajakutami came to power.

11:16am: Trends at 11 am: Momentum with TRS; Cong-led alliance, BJP far behind

As per trends at 11 am, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is leading in 93 assembly constituencies while BJP is stranded with a lead in just two seats. The Congress alliance has managed to get a lead of 17 in early trends.

Latest trends

Here are the latest figures according to early trends in Telangana:

TRS: 93

Congress: 17

BJP: 02

Other: 07

10:56am: TRS supporters start celebrations in Hyderabad

As TRS continues to dominate early trends, party members have already come out in large numbers to celebrate. As of now, the TRS is standing tall with a lead in 85 seats, while Congress-led alliance is just leading in 22. The BJP and Others are yet to cross the double-digit mark.

10:35am: TRS’ Harish Rao leading in Siddipet

With a pink wave likely in Telangana, TRS was leading in all 14 constituencies in Mahabubnagar. Meanwhile, TRS’ Harish Rao was leading by 38,000 votes following six rounds of counting in Siddipet, The Times of India reported.

10:25am: KTR leads in Sircilla seat

While KCR was leading in Gajwel, his son K T Rama Rao was leading in Sircilla constituency. KTR is contesting the elections against Congress’ KK Mahender Reddy and BJP’s N Narsa Goud. In a recent statement, KTR had said, “TRS is going to win this election with 2/3 majority. Trends are very positive on government, TRS will form the government.”

10:15am: AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi wins from Chandrayangutta

AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi has won from Chandrayangutta constituency, news agency ANI reported. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi had expressed his party’s backing to the TRS, saying that the KCR would form the government “without any support.”  As of 9:59 am, TRS was ahead in 66 seats and the Congress-led alliance was leading in 33 seats, with BJP ahead in 3 and Others leading in 8 seats.

10:10am: KCR ahead in Gajwel, Harish Rao leading in Siddipet

Acting Chief Minister KCR is leading in Gajwel constituency with 50,209 votes, while TRS leader Harish Rao was ahead in Siddipet by 13,040 votes. Revanth Reddy, of Congress, on the other hand was trailing behind the TRS in Kodangul.

10:06am: Congress is jubilant, celebrations start in Delhi

Meanwhile, Congress has already started celebrating in Delhi.

10:05am: Early trends have not been too favourable for the Bharatiya Janata Party. The party is neck and neck in Madhya Pradesh, trailing in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, last in Telangana and is yet to open its account in Mizoram.

Now, PM Modi has called a meeting of the BJP core group at 10.30 pm to evaluate the results of the five states elections.

9:31am: TRS now leads in 72 seats, over halfway mark, shows early trends

Early trends have given TRS a massive advantage with a lead in 72 seats, three more than the halfway mark of 60 seats. On the other hand, the Congress seems to be leading in 28 seats. The figures for BJP and Others remain unchanged.

9:26am: TRS ahead in 60 seats, Cong-led alliance in 32

After facing initial setback in the early trends, the TRS looked on course to surge past its opponents, according to 9:27 am. The ruling party was ahead in 60 seats while the Congress-led alliance was in the second position at 32 seats. The BJP was leading in 2 seats and Others were ahead in 9. The majority mark in Telangana is 60 seats.

9:15am: TRS maintains top position, ahead in 50 seats

The TRS continued to maintain its lead according to trends emerging at 9:15 am. The KCR-led party was ahead in 50 seats, while the Congress-led alliance was leading in 50 seats. Initial results suggested that the BJP was ahead in 4 seats while Others were ahead in 8 seats.

9:03am:  Cong-led alliance ahead in 36 seats, TRS at 33

Congress-led Prajakutami has managed to maintain its lead, as it was ahead in 36 seats, as per 9:02 am. The TRS was closely behind with 33 seats and the BJP was leading in 4 seats. Others were leading in 6 seats, according to latest trends.

8:56am: Prajakutami, TRS ahead in 30 seats each

At 8:53 am, The TRS and Congress-led Prajakutami were neck and neck with leads in 30 seats, with TRS catching up the Congress-led alliance which was so far surging past both TRS and the BJP. Meanwhile, the BJP was ahead in 3 seats and Others were leading in 4 seats.

08:45am: “We are confident of victory,” says TRS’ K Kavitha

“We are very confident of victory, “ Telangana MP and daughter of TRS’ KCR, K Kavitha said even as the initial trends of Telangana election results showed that the Congress had surged past the TRS, leading in 18 seats while TRS was ahead only 11 seats. She pointed out at that it was only early trends and results were expected to change. “They are early results of postal ballots and they are bound to change. The results will certainly surprise you.”

Congress-led alliance was ahead in 23 seats, as per trends at 8:44 am. The TRS was leading in 16 seats, the BJP in 2 and others in 3.

08:33am: Congress grabs early lead, Prajakutami ahead in 13 seats

The Congress-led alliance ‘Prajakutami’ appears to have gained initial advantage as it was leading in 13 seats, as per trends at 8:35 am. KCR’s TRS was ahead in 8 seats. The BJP, on the other hand, was restricted to leads in 2 seats so far.

08:25am: Congress works perform hawan outside Rahul Gandhi’s Delhi residence

Visuals from news agency ANI show party workers performing a ‘hawan’ outside Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s residence in the national capital.

8:21am: Congress, TRS lead in 2 seat each, show early trends

Both TRS and Congress-led alliance has got a lead in 2 seats each, as per initial trends from postal ballots. These are just the initial trends, which only offer an early insight. Follow this space to stay updated with all the latest trends and final result. While TRS is most likely to win the state, the People’s Front alliance led by Congress is expected to give a tough fight.

8:13am: Large number of missing voters in state

On polling day in Telangana, there were a lot of instances where people were unable to find their names on the voting list. While Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar apologised over missing names, While the EC is yet to determine the exact number of missing voter names, it could had far-reaching consequences on the outcome in Telangana. Prominent shuttler Jwala Gutta’s name was also missing from the voter’s list.

8:05am: Counting of votes in Telangana and four other states begin

Counting of votes to determine the winner of Telangana assembly elections has begun across 43 counting centres in the state. Counting has also started across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh.

7:06am: News agency ANI has posted early morning visuals from Congress Office in Hyderabad. Counting of votes for the state assembly elections will start at 8 am today.