BJP shocker to TRS in Telangana’s Dubbaka

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The by-election, necessitated by the death of TRS MLA Ramalinga Reddy, had become the centre of a high decibel battle for the ruling TRS, BJP, and Congress

In a big shock to Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party is set to claim the Dubbaka Assembly seat, where by-election was held on Saturday, November 2.

According to media reports, BJP's Madhavaneni Raghunandan Rao was ahead of his closest rival TRS candidate Solipeta Sujatha by a margin of 1,118 votes. The Election Commission is yet to declare the result as the counting for four EVM is pending due to technical reasons.

Congress's Cheruku Srinivas Reddy ended its tally at only 21,819 votes as compared to the BJP's 62,772 votes and the TRS's 61,302 votes.

TRS state chief KTR has conceded defeat. "Thanks to those who voted for us in Dubbak. Thanks to those who tried for the victory of the party. The result did not come as we expected. We will analyse the results in-depth," KTR was quoted by India Today as saying.

The by-election, necessitated by the death of TRS MLA Ramalinga Reddy, had become the centre of a high decibel battle for the ruling TRS, BJP, and Congress in an otherwise ordinary constituency.

The poll had become a prestige battle for the ruling TRS as Dubbaka shares its borders with Gajwel, represented by CM KCR, Sircilla -- the constituency of CM's son and IT Minister KTR, and Siddipet, the stronghold of CM's nephew Harish Rao.

The result of the Dubbaka Assembly bypoll indicates that the voters gave more weightage to the political experience of the candidate. The TRS candidate S Sujatha has no political experience, but the party was banking on sympathy votes. The strategy seems to have boomeranged.

TRS targeting BJP candidate M Raghunandan Rao, ignoring the Congress candidate Ch Srinivas Reddy, also helped the saffron party which was alleging a secret understanding between the TRS and Congress.

A total of 23 candidates were in the poll fray. The Dubbaka constituency had witnessed 82 per cent voting on November 2 (with agency inputs)

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