STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Grinding halt to pink party’s victory march

Despite a heavy basket of pluses, the TRS failed to encash on the sympathy factor

Published: 11th November 2020 09:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2020 09:15 AM   |  A+A-

TRS workers anxiously watch the Dubbaka bypoll results on TV at TRS Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday |  VINAY MADAPU

TRS workers anxiously watch the Dubbaka bypoll results on TV at TRS Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday | VINAY MADAPU

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The Dubbaka bypoll defeat is like a screeching halt in the seemingly unstoppable victory march of the ruling TRS since 2014. The TRS has been registering thumping victories right from the 2014 Assembly polls. The TRS won the 2018 Assembly polls, and even wrested Congress seats in Palair, Narayankhed and Huzurnagar bypolls.

However, the defeat in Dubbaka is a bitter one for the ruling party, as it failed to retain the seat on the home turf of TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Dubbaka is considered a strong TRS bastion. Gajwel Assembly is represented by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Siddipet seat is represented by Finance Minister T Harish Rao. Dubbaka, located in the same Siddipet district, is now represented by BJP’s Raghunandan Rao. 

The bypoll for Dubbaka was necessitated due to the sudden demise of TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy, a four-time MLA and a Telangana Statehood champion. Despite a heavy basket of pluses, the TRS failed to encash on the sympathy factor.

In the Narayankhed bypoll in 2016, the TRS overcame the sympathy wave and wrested the seat from the Congress. Similarly, the party overcame the sympathy factor and wrested the seat from the Congress in Palair Assembly bypoll. The TRS also wrested the Huzurnagar seat, which was vacated by PCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy. It retained Medak and Warangal LS seats in the bypolls. But this time in Dubbaka, the BJP overcame the sympathy factor and wrested the seat from the TRS.

Shock factor 

Even if one were to keep the sympathy factor aside, there were several other things favouring the TRS. There have been good rains this year and farmers are happy. Irrigation projects have been completed. The government promptly handed out Rythu Bandhu funds to farmers. Out of the 1.90 lakh voters in Dubbaka, at least 1.56 lakh voters received one or more benefits from the State government in the form of welfare schemes. There are 78,000 farmers in Dubbaka, who have been receiving `10,000 per year under Rythu Bandhu. Despite these, the TRS lost the seat. Therein lies the shock factor.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp