ByPoll results showed Telangana wish
Hyderabad: The writing on the wall has become clearer for the ruling Congress and principal opposition Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh: they are facing a serious survival threat and the demand for a separate Telangana state cannot be wished away.
Results of the by-elections to seven Assembly seats saw Congress and TDP, which refused to acknowledge the Telangana factor, drawing a blank on Wednesday and clearly establishing that fortunes of these two major parties are on the wane, a warning signal ahead of another round of by-polls to 18 Assembly constituencies in the next few months.
Also, the resounding success of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti at the cost of the Congress and the TDP reaffirms the importance of the Telangana movement.
Last but not the least, victory of YSR Congress candidate N Prasanna Kumar Reddy in Kovur in Coastal Andhra region could be an indicator of things to come.
The YSRC is emerging a force to reckon with in the state politics, an ominous sign for both the Congress and the TDP.
That the "Telangana sentiment" won in the six segments in the region need not be re-emphasised.
The TRS (four), the BJP (one) and even the lone Independent candidate won on the Telangana plank.
It was a morale-boosting victory for the BJP in the single seat it contested in Mahbubnagar where it beat the TRS by a margin of 1897 votes, leaving the Congress and the TDP in third and fourth positions.
The BJP could win the voters' confidence by convincing them that it alone could deliver a separate state.
Thu 22 Mar, 2012,12:19:47 AM