Hyderabad: In the the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 49 seats and denied the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) a clear majority.

Home Minister took to Twitter to thank the people of Hyderabad and expressed gratitude for reposing faith in PM Modi, and also praised party workers.

Shocker for TRS

Though the TRS was heading to retain power in the 150-member municipal body the scene changed dramatically with BJP racing ahead in divisions where it was locked in neck-and-neck battle with the TRS. At the end of counting, TRS won 56 seats.

TRS which bagged 56 seats, emerged as the single largest party but fell short of the majority mark.

MIM wins 43 seats, Congress 2

TRS may have to seek the support of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which won 43 seats. The Congress finished a distant fourth with just two seats.

The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS had swept the elections four years ago in 2016, winning 99 of the 150 wards, whereas the BJP had won only four seats.

While the TRS fielded candidates in all 150 wards in the election, the BJP put up nominees in 149. The Congress, AIMIM and the TDP fielded candidates in 146, 51 and 106 wards respectively.

BJP emerges as the second largest party

BJP ran a high octane campaign with rallies and road shows by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party president J P Nadda, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and National spokesperson Sambit Patra.

“Moral victory” for the party: BJP

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, appointed as electoral manager for the civic polls after he successfully handled the party’s campaign in the Bihar assembly polls, said BJP is the “only alternative” to the ruling TRS in Telangana.

The BJP’s performance has confirmed the trend that it is replacing the Congress as the main challenger to the TRS, Yadav said.

“The results are very encouraging and a moral booster for the BJP, and in a way, it is a moral victory of the party. The results reaffirm that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his model of good governance has acceptability across regions,” Yadav, who was deputed as in-charge for the local elections in Hyderabad, told PTI.

He said the party’s performance also shows that people have given their mandate against dynasty politics.

Responsibilities given to the BJP will be carried out by the party with its best abilities, Yadav added.

The saffron party had won four seats in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and then dealt a surprise defeat to the ruling party in Assembly bypoll in Dubbaka.

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