Hyderabad, Nov 10: The BJP won the state assembly bypoll for the Dubbaka constituency in Telangana, even though the EC is yet to announce the results officially. The party had fielded M Raghunandana Rao from the seat after the bypoll was necessitated by the untimely death of MLA Ramalinga Reddy. Though the Election Commission is yet to officially announce the result due to a technical glitch in four electronic voting machines, the BJP state headquarters in Hyderabad saw wild celebrations. The party workers burst firecrackers, distributed sweets and danced in gay abandon to celebrate the victory in the bitterly contested bypolls. Some overjoyed party leaders lifted state party chief Bandi Sanjay in their arms amid the beating of drums.
Though all 23 rounds of the counting were completed, the declaration of result was delayed due to glitch in four EVMs, which have 1,669 votes. Sanjay told reporters at the BJP office that the people of Dubbak have delivered a historic verdict. “They have taught a lesson to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his arrogance,” he claimed. The MP from Karimnagar said that the TRS failed in all its conspiracies against the BJP during Dubbak campaign. Sanjay also referred to the self-immolation of BJP worker in front of the party office over his arrest in Dubbak. “The verdict shows people want a change. The BJP will build on this success to win the coming electoral battles,” he said. If BJP candidate is declared elected in Dubbak, the saffron party’s strength in 119-member Assembly will go up to two.
The counting for the assembly bypoll held in Dubbaka in Telangana took place at the Indore Engineering College in Siddipet. While the counting for postal ballots started at 8am, EVM-counting started at 8:30. The seat has become the centre of a high-stakes battle for the last three months, bustling with activity for a prestigious triangular contest in the otherwise ordinary constituency. Officials have made arrangements for the counting of votes with Covid-19 precautionary measures. The counting began in two halls 14 tables were set up for the counting, which will be done in 23 rounds.
Dubbaka shares its borders with Gajwel, represented by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. To its north is Sircilla- the constituency of CM’s son and IT Minister KT Rama Rao, and to its east is Siddipet, the stronghold of CM’s nephew Harish Rao.
Dubbaka has become electorally significant, not because of itself, but because of what surrounds it. It shares its borders with Gajwel, represented by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. To its north is Sircilla- the constituency of CM’s son and IT Minister KT Rama Rao, and to its east is Siddipet, the stronghold of CM’s nephew Harish Rao. The campaign for the bypoll, necessitated by the untimely death of MLA Ramalinga Reddy, was high-pitched as the BJP went all guns blazing after the TRS to establish itself as the main rival, and the TRS returned fire. Not to be left behind, the Congress, too, put up a united front, keen not to lose its position as the key opposition party in the state. By the time, the campaign drew to a close on Sunday, it had reached a fever pitch, suggestive of the importance attached to the constituency by all three contenders.