The face-saving wins, as poll analysts put it, came at a time when the opposition parties have started trumpeting that the ruling party is losing ground and that resentment among government employees and unemployed youth is brewing against the party. The party believes the wins will help ace Nagarjuna Sagar assembly bypoll.
By winning the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar (HRM) and Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda (WKN) seats, the TRS will also try to nullify the gains made by the BJP in Dubbak and GHMC polls. Party leaders will now go to people claiming that the BJP’s victory in Dubbak was only a stroke of luck and that there was no antiincumbency in the state. Not just this, the TRS took revenge on the BJP by wresting its sitting (HRM) seat.
“Victory of TRS candidates in the MLC polls is a slap in the face of opposition parties. They tried to spread lies on the government. But, graduate voters elected our candidates and reposed their faith in chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s leadership. They also voted for developmental and welfare activities being taken up by the TRS government,” Hyderabad incharge minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said.
Party leaders said Saturday’s win will certainly boost the morale of the party cadre, who were down and out after the reverses in Dubbak and GHMC elections. Party sources said the leadership was sure about winning the WKN seat, but the victory margin came as an icing on the cake.
“We were a little apprehensive in HRM constituency as our campaign started late due to delay in announcement of the candidate. There was also a dilemma whether we will contest or not. We made quick strides due to the strategy worked out by KCR and working president KT Rama Rao,” a party general secretary said.