Mixed Results in Telangana: Congress and BJP Split Seats, AIMIM Retains Hyderabad

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Hyderabad: The highly contested battle between the ruling Congress and the BJP in Telangana resulted in a split, with each party securing eight seats. Meanwhile, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) retained the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat and improved its vote share.

Both the Congress and BJP had anticipated winning 10 to 12 MP seats each, devising distinct strategies and conducting extensive groundwork across various Lok Sabha segments. The Congress focused on a welfare agenda to attract a broad spectrum of voters, while the BJP banked on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma, along with its development and nationalism ideologies.

The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) campaigned on local issues and emphasized its commitment to protecting Telangana’s interests, portraying the BJP and Congress as non-local entities. However, the BRS faced significant setbacks, losing in both Mahbubnagar and Medak—constituencies linked to Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy and BRS leader K. Chandrashekhar Rao, respectively. The BRS finished third in Medak, while in Mahbubnagar, Congress candidate Vamshidhar Reddy was defeated by BJP’s DK Aruna.

The Congress secured victories in Khammam, Nalgonda, and Bhongir, winning against BRS candidates with substantial majorities. Additionally, the party performed well in Nagarkurnool, Mahabubabad, Zaheerabad, Peddapalli, and Warangal.

Congress leaders acknowledged that Prime Minister Modi’s appeal negatively impacted their chances in several seats, despite their intensive efforts. Revanth Reddy, who had taken charge of the Mahbubnagar and Malkajgiri campaigns, devised strategies to defeat the BJP but ultimately fell short.

In Nizamabad and Karimnagar, the Congress fielded strong candidates against BJP incumbents D. Arvind and B. Sanjay but failed to secure victories. An experimental move by Revanth, involving the nomination of government teacher A. Suguna in the ST-reserved Adilabad segment, also proved unsuccessful, with BJP’s G. Nagesh retaining the seat.

Critics within the Congress suggested that Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, also the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president, made some unilateral decisions regarding party committee formations in certain Lok Sabha seats, which may have contributed to the party’s defeats by not adequately considering local political dynamics.