The ruling TRS in Telangana pulled off a spectacular victory and coasted to majority in the prestigious Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections decimating the TDP-BJP alliance and the Congress.From not even contesting the last GHMC polls in 2009, the TRS led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) bagged 96 seats in the 150-member house and was leading in four divisions tonight.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what turned out to be a two-horse race, Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM bagged 36 divisions, and was leading in four, trying to match its 2009 performance of 43 seats. MIM in 2009 had shared power with the Congress which had in its kitty 55 seats.”It has always been a fractured verdict (in Hyderabad). I thank the people, TRS leaders and workers for this victory. We should not have arrogance. We should move ahead with humility,” KCR told reporters tonight.It was in fact a humiliating defeat for the TDP-BJP alliance that together had 50 corporators fighting separately in 2009 and the Congress which had to be content with single digit numbers in the February two elections, where the stakes were high coming as it did first time after the formation of Telangana in 2014.BJP won three seats and TDP and Congress won one each.TRS, which had in 2014 bagged a mere three Assembly seats of the total 24 that come under the civic body’s limits, had put up a spirited campaign to shrug off the tag that it’s not a big force to reckon with in the city.The ruling TRS saw results in GHMC election as a vote of confidence in the leadership of KCR and the government’s “work” reaching the people. “Basically, our work is reaching the people…”, TRS leader and KCR’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha, who is also Lok Sabha member from Nizamabad, said. “I would say it’s only our Chief Minister’s vision and his dedication to make sure whatever his policies are…they reach the people”, she said. Not contesting the previous GHMC polls in 2009 was a strategic decision of Rao, Kavitha said.”People had many apprehensions (then)… what will happen if Telangana comes (becomes a reality)… what will be security situation…what would be the real estate situation in Hyderabad and what kind of person KCR would be”.Kavitha said people had then seen KCR as leader of agitation spearheading demand for statehood for Telangana and they were not sure about him as an administrator. The opposition TDP-BJP leaders said they respect people’s verdict with humility. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who also campaigned for the TDP-BJP candidates in the GHMC elections, hoped that those elected to office should work for people’s welfare.Telangana TDP president L Ramana said TDP accepts people’s verdict and continues to work for the people whether it won or lost the election. “I would say it’s only our Chief Minister’s vision and his dedication to make sure whatever his policies are…they reach the people. Making a policy is easy; implementation is difficult”, she said. The MP also said KCR is a “hands-on person” who reviews things and sees that deadlines are met. On TRS not contesting the previous GHMC polls in 2009, Kavitha said it was strategic decision of Rao.”People had many apprehensions (then)…what will happen if Telangana comes (becomes a reality)…what will be security situation…what would be the real estate situation in Hyderabad and what kind of person KCR would be”, she said. Kavitha further said people had then seen KCR as leader of agitation spearheading demand for statehood for Telangana and they were not sure about him as an administrator.”Our plank is separate state (then). Contesting alone in Hyderabad does not matter (thinking then)”, she said.Telangana was formed in 2014 with Hyderabad as its capital. “People in Hyderabad (after KCR came to power) have enjoyed the policies or whatever KCR has done as an administrator”, she said, adding, people have seen work of the state government.TRS activists said victory in GHMC polls is sweet and special as the party had won only three of 24 Assembly seats that come under GHMC limits in the Assembly elections in 2014 and was not seen a major political force in the city. TRS won 96 seats and was leading in four divisions tonight.

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GHMC Election Results: TRS smashes opposition, TDP-BJP alliance and Congress sink without a trace