TRS retains Telangana, Congress leads in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

Riding high on Telangana pride and welfare schemes, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao led his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a thumping victory, crushing the Congress-led alliance in India's youngest state.

The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party as it bagged 77 seats and was leading in 10 constituencies.
The Congress-led People's Front, which was expected to give a tough fight to TRS, won only 17 seats and was leading in five places.

As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore electorate voted in the elections held in all 119 constituencies on Friday.

KCR dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.

Initially focussing on welfare and development schemes, KCR made Telangana pride a key issue when the TDP joined hands with the Congress.

Portraying TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as an enemy of Telangana's interests, the TRS chief had urged people not to allow outsiders to decide their future.

The Congress  hailed its good showing in assembly polls in three Hindi speaking states. The Congress appeared set to wrest Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the BJP, which was trailing marginally in Madhya Pradesh in a cliffhanger. While Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has won in Telangana, the Mizo National Front (MNF) is set to form government in Mizoram, wresting the state from Congress.

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