Political temperature rises in Telangana with poll surveys

Hyderabad: Assembly elections are slated in Telangana next year and its now survey time in the southern state.

Various surveys with their own respective results have led to political temperatures rising in Telangana, with all three major political players– ruling TRS and opposition Congress and BJP–claiming they will form the next government, irrespective of the outcomes of such reports.

A latest private survey claimed TRS is likely to get 38.88 per cent of votes followed by BJP at 30.48 per cent, Congress (23.71) and 6.91 per cent for others.

In 2018 TRS polled 46.9 per cent votes and won 88 seats followed by the Congress with 28.4 per cent with 19 seats while BJP secured even per cent votes and bagged one seat in the 119-member House.

Now with defections, TRS’ tally has touched 102 while BJP seemed to have made inroads in the southern state, adding two MLAs in subsequent bypolls.

Survey by another agency predicted 39.5 per cent votes (56-59 seats) for TRS followed by Congress-31 per cent (37 to 39 seats) and BJP with 21 per cent (17 seats).

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However, the ruling TRS and Congress claimed people would only vote for them in the 2023 polls.

TRS Working President K T Rama Rao asserted the ruling party will once again form government in Telangana after the 2023 Assembly polls by winning over 90 seats. The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS has been in the ruling saddle since 2014.

Rama Rao said recent surveys conducted by both the Congress and BJP prove that KCR, as his father is known, will be the hat-trick CM after the 2023 elections.

“According to our internal survey, TRS will win over 90 seats. It indicates the faith people reposed on TRS even after eight years of rule,” the Telangana Minister said..

Reacting to the surveys, Congress’ state vice president Mallu Ravi said both TRS and BJP colluded and brought out the reports.

He claimed Congress’ internal survey estimated 90 to 99 seats for the national party in the state and that the same was revealed by TPCC President Revanth Reddy also.

“BJP has no ground in Telangana. I doubt whether (a private survey) knows the people’s pulse. People are looking up to Congress,” Ravi said.

Telangana BJP Chief Spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said as a matured and experienced national party BJP doesn’t consider election surveys announced by multiple agencies neither credible nor reliable.

BJP conducts its own internal surveys to understand the changes at the field level and reviews the progress of its political activities in different constituencies. These surveys are not for public consumption.

“BJP will not rely on unscientific external survey results to assess our own or others’ strength in Telangana State or across India,” he said.

Recent spate of competitive surveys in Telangana is completely political and lacks all credibility of an objective electoral survey, he added.