Telangana Cong says it’s down, but not out

Despite receiving huge drubbing in the local body elections, the Congress party in Telangana does not feel it has been rejected by the people.

The Congress could win just 75 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency seats out of 538 and 1,377 mandal parishad territorial constituency seats out of 5,817 seats.

On the other hand, the TRS registered victory in 445 of 538 ZPTC seats and 3,556 of 5,817 MPTC seats.

The Congress lost power in all the 32 zilla parishads. In as many 12 districts, it could not secure even a single ZPTC seat and got only one in six other districts.

Yet, the Congress feels it might be down, but not out.

“The election results showed we have enough strength,” says PCC treasurer G Narayan Reddy.

He said the results could not be considered as a sweep in favour of ruling TRS as Congress party has given a tough fight on all seats.

“Congress has won significant number of seats and lost many other seats with small margins despite the fact that TRS has openly misused the official machinery, money power and liquor,” he said.

He alleged that the Election Commission has completely ignored our complaints and TRS leaders were allowed to violate the Model Code of Conduct.

“The ruling party has used intimidation as a tool to get the support of voters in rural areas,” he alleged.

“The results of Lok Sahba elections have clearly shown that the Congress party was on its way to back to power. It has won three seats and lost three others with a small margin. Therefore, Congress has regained control over half of the State and it would revive itself in remaining half in the next few months,” Narayana Reddy said

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