TRS retains Nagarjuna Sagar in Telangana Assembly bypoll

Nomula Bhagat with TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (L)

Hyderabad: The ruling TRS has retained Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly segment by winning a majority of over 18,000 votes in the bypoll held on April 17.

The counting of votes was taken up on Sunday.

TRS candidate Nomula Bhagat polled 89,804 while his nearest Congress rival K Jana Reddy got 70,932 votes.

BJP lost the deposit.

The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of sitting TRS legislator Nomula Narsimhaiah in December last.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, fondly addressed as KCR, thanked the people in Nagarjuna Sagar Legislative Assembly constituency for electing TRS candidate, an official press release said.

As per the party's policy, the promises made during the electioneering would be fulfilled, the release said quoting KCR.

The TRS, despite the unexpected jolt in the previously held Dubbak bypoll and Hyderabad civic polls, again established itself as a formidable force in Telangana with the much-needed win.

BJP, which had put up an impressive performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Dubbak bypoll, failed to make its presence felt in the bypoll. The party candidate P Ravi Kumarmustered 20,236 votes (10.6 per cent).

Congress' Jana Reddy, who had served as Leader of Opposition in the previous Legislative Assembly, lost from the same constituency in the 2018 Assembly polls.

As several senior leaders deserted the party after it lost power in the State in 2014, Congress is struggling to keep its cadre together and stay afloat.

The win by the TRS does not change the tally in the 119 -member Assembly.

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