IT’S TRS ALL THE WAY
In what is an extension of its dream run of electoral victories, the ruling TRS on Wednesday clinched Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) and Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) without much fuss. Had not the eight rebels of the ruling party candidates who won the GWMC election were in the fray,
KCR magic works in Warangal, Khammam & Achampet civic polls
Warangal/Khammam: In what is an extension of its dream run of electoral victories, the ruling TRS on Wednesday clinched Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) and Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) without much fuss. Had not the eight rebels of the ruling party candidates who won the GWMC election were in the fray, it would have been an even more thumping victory for the TRS. In Achampet, it was a clean sweep by TRS as it had won in all the 20 wards.
Albeit no party was expecting a miracle to stop the TRS’ juggernaut at this point of time, surprisingly the Congress in Khammam put up a semblance of resistance while the rout of the Telugu Desam was complete as it drew a blank in both the Corporations. Khammam saw the revival of Congress which managed to win 10 divisions apart from two to its ally CPI.
Winning 44 in Warangal out of 58 divisions and 34 of the 50 divisions in Khammam and, the TRS not only bagged both the Corporations but also wiped out the TDP completely in both the cities. On the other hand, the TDP’s ally BJP which preferred to go alone in this election had managed to win just one Division in Warangal and had nothing to show in Khammam.
Going into the elections, on the face of back-to-back defeats suffered at the hustings in the past few months, the fears of the Opposition party leaders, especially the TDP and the BJP, came true when the counting of votes started a couple of days after Sunday’s polling.
While the CPM had won two divisions in Khammam, the lone Left candidate to win in Warangal was also from that party. The YSR Congress, which won two divisions in Khammam, did not actually field its candidates in Warangal.It may be mentioned here that elections were due for both the municipalities since the term of previous bodies was completed in 2010.
During the special officers’ administration, Warangal Corporation was upgraded into ‘Greater’ and the Khammam Municipality was elevated to Corporation. Both the maiden elections saw the TRS wresting power from the Congress in Warangal and the CPM in Khammam.