TRS sweeps bypoll, Cong draws a blank

Hyderabad: Riding on strong Telangana sentiment, four TRS candidates and an independent backed by the party won in the bypolls held for seven constituencies in Andhra Pradesh, in which ruling Congress drew a blank while BJP sprang a surprise by bagging the lone seat it contested.

In Kovur, the lone seat in non-Telangana regions where bypolls were after the sitting TDP MLA quit in support of Jaganmohan Reddy, N Prasanna Kumar Reddy of YSR Congress romped home though the official result is yet to be announced. The bypoll results are a setback for the ruling Congress and the TDP which drew a blank. Among the winning candidates, two were last time elected on Congress ticket but had resigned and joined TRS to re-contest.

The same was the case for two others who had resigned from TDP and joined K Chandrasekhar Rao`s party. The Independent candidate was also a TDP MLA who had quit over the Telangana issue. The results are an embarrassment for the Congress government, more importantly as it stood third in Kovur. It is a blow for main opposition Telugu Desam Party too as its candidates lost security deposits in three seats. The only face-saver for the party is that it stood second in two seats.

The TRS candidates bagged Adilabad, Station Ghanpur, Kollapur and Kamareddy constituencies, while the Independent candidate and a former TDP leader won in Nagarkurnool. The BJP, which has aggressively taken up separate statehood agitation, managed to win the fiercely contested Mahabubnagar seat. In Kamareddy, TRS candidate Gampa Govardhan won over his nearest Congress rival A Raja Reddy by a margin of over 44,000 votes.