K Chandrasekhar Rao took oath as chief minister at Raj Bhavan on Thursday, 13 December.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) won the 2018 state Assembly election by a landslide, emerging victorious in 88 constituencies of the 119-seat Assembly. The party is set to form its second successive government in Telangana.
What Exit Polls Predict
While two exit polls predicted that the TRS led by K Chandrasekhar Rao will get a clear majority to form the government, three others have predicted a hung Assembly. The Congress-led Prajakutami is expected to trail behind the TRS.
We Will Play 'Vital Role' in Govt Formation: Telangana BJP President
Predicting a fractured poll mandate in Telangana, the BJP Sunday, 9 December, claimed that it would play a "vital role" in the formation of the next government in the southern state, where the TRS is eyeing a return to power.
"We have contested the election on our own for the first time after a decade. We have contested the polls to win. The BJP will be part of the government. Without the BJP, there cannot be any government. What happens after the results are declared, we will think of it," state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president K Laxman told PTI.
He asserted that the saffron party had become a formidable force in Telangana and that it would increase its vote share substantially and its number of seats considerably.
"We have surely become a formidable force in Telangana. We will increase our vote share and even the number of seats. The BJP is definitely going to play a very vital role in the formation of government," Laxman said.
Telangana Elections 2018: The Main Contenders
The main contenders for this election remain the KCR-led TRS, which was in power for the last four years, and the Congress-led 'Prajakutami' (or 'Grand Alliance'), which included the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) among many others.
The BJP, although not a main contender, is expected to swing some percentage of vote share its way. In all, there are now as many as nine political parties vying for power in the state.
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Owaisi Meets KCR Day Ahead of Poll Results
AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi reached Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's official residence on his motorbike on Monday, 10 December for a luncheon meeting with him ahead of the declaration of Assembly election results.
Owaisi and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief have been discussing possible scenarios and the strategy to be adopted after the results are known on Tuesday.
Before his meeting with KCR, Owaisi tweeted that he was going to meet Telangana's caretaker and "next Chief Minister"
Cong-led Prajakutami Officially Declares Alliance to Telangana Guv
Congress-led People's Front (Prajakutami), that includes Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), on Monday met with Telangana Governor, Narasimhan and submitted a representation of the pre-poll alliance of the four parties.
'KCR Will Win Without Support': AIMM Chief Owaisi
K Chandrasekhar Rao will become CM and form government without any support AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Monday.
Owaisi’s statement came after the AIMIM chief met with TRS at official residence.
“We’ve made no demands, we’re standing with him not only for a prosperous Telangana but also for nation building,” he said.
TRS Ahead in One Seat
K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti is ahead in one constituency in southern Telangana.
BJP Leads in One Seat, TRS Ahead in Two
BJP candidate Haneef Ali is ahead in Bahadurpura constituency in western Telangana.
Confident of Coming to Power Independently: TRS's Kavitha
TRS leader and MP Kavitha said that the people of Telangana are with her party. “We have sincerely worked and utilised the opportunity given to us. So I believe voters will bring us back to power, and that too independently. We are very confident about it,” said Kavitha.
TRS Edging Towards Halfway Mark
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi is edging towards the halfway mark with leads in 50 seats.
KCR Leads by 2,861 Votes
TRS president and Telangana Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is leading by 2,861 votes over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel after first round of counting.
TRS Leads in 60 Seats
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi leads in 60 out of 119 seats in Telangana assembly elections.
TRS Minister Harish Rao Leads in Siddipet
Telangana caretaker Minister T Harish Rao is leading by 19,989 votes over TJS candidate Bhavani Reddy after fourth round of counting in Siddipet.
KCR Leads by 9,212 Votes
TRS president and Telangana Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao leading by 9,212 votes over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel constituency after the fifth round of counting.
Telangana BJP President Trailing
Telangana BJP President K Laxman is trailing in Musheerabad by 2,710 votes.
Congress Alleges EVM Tampering in Telangana
Reacting to the Assembly elections results in which Congress is trailing far behind TRS, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee's Uttam Kumar Reddy raised allegations of EVM tampering.
Telangana Election Results: TRS Leading in 90 seats
According to official ECI data, TRS is leading in 90 seats, the Mahakutami is leading in 16 seats, AIMIM is leading in 5 seats, and BJP in one seat.
Telangana Election Results: AIMIM Leader Owaisi Leads in Chandrayangutta
AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi is leading in Chandrayangutta constituency by 38,619 votes.
Telangana Election Results: Congess Leader Revanth Reddy Trailing in Kodangal
The Congress party’s Revanth Reddy is trailing behind TRS' Narender Reddy in Kodangal.
Grateful, Indebted & Humbled: KTR
KT Rama Rao tweeted that he was grateful to the people of Telangana for having faith in the TRS.
Cong Files Complaint With EC Alleging EVM Tampering
The Congress delegation submitted a complaint to Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar, alleging that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been manipulated in the state.
Congress is trailing far behind the TRS as votes are being counted for the Telangana Assembly elections.
Telangana Election Results: KCR Wins Gajwel
TRS President and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wins from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes
Need to Introspect on the Alliance's Failure: TDP
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said that the Congresss-led alliance, of which it is a part, needs to analyse and introspect on the grouping's "failure" in the Telangana Assembly elections.
"We were expecting to get more number of seats. The results are not to our expectations," Reddy told PTI.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu Congratulates KCR
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu congratulated KCR for “winning the Assembly elections”.
AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi Wins in Chandrayangutta For the Fifth Time
AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi defeated BJP rival Syed Shehjadi by a margin of over 80,000 votes in Chandrayangutta constituency. This is the fifth time in a row that Owaisi has won in Chandrayangutta.
K Chandrashekhar Rao Arrives at Party Headquarters
K Chandrasekhar Rao arrives at his party headquarters in Hyderabad, reported ANI. Telangana caretaker KT Rama Rao meets TRS workers at the party office, as well.
"No Caste for Poverty": KCR
Addressing the media, K Chandrasekhar Rao said they will do “specific work towards Dalits and minorities” and that there is “no caste for poverty.”
KCR also said that Telegu media have made Telengana proud “by their mature handling of news.”
Stressing on the fact that Telangana is now a “non-BJP, non-Congress” state, KCR asserted that they are going to play a very clear role in national politics.
"Owaisi is My Good Friend," says KCR
K Chandrashekhar Rao also thanked AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi and said “he’s my good friend.”
I'll Stand With KCR in 2019: Owaisi
AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, following TRS’ win in Telangana, said that “K Chandrasekhar Rao has all capabilities and capacities to ensure that a non-Congress government comes into existence when the next parliament election takes place.”
He also said that he will stand “shoulder to shoulder with him in 2019 elections”.
KT Rama Rao Wins in Sircilla Constituency
TRS leader and KCR’s son KT Rama Rao has claimed Sircilla constituency for the third time.
NOTA Outperforms NCP, CPI(M) and CPI
In Telangana, while NOTA (None of The Above) got 1.1% of total votes, NCP got 0.2%, and both CPI and CPI(M) got 0.4% votes, reported PTI.
People Antagonistic Towards BJP: Chandrababu Naidu
Complimenting KCR on his big win in Telangana. Telegu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said:
However, condemning Naidu, YSRC general secretary said:
KCR to be Formally Elected Legislature Party Leader
K Chandrasekhar Rao be formally elected leader of the legislature party Wednesday, 12 December, party sources informed PTI.
He will further be taking a call on whether he will be the Chief Minister of Telangana or not during the party meeting on Wednesday, a senior TRS leader told PTI.
KCR Meets the Governor
K Chandrasekhar Rao met the Governor E S L Narasimhan at the Raj Bhavan to stake his claim to form the government for a second time.
Amit Shah Congratulates KCR and TRS
BJP chief Amit Shah, on Tuesday evening, congratulated K Chandrasekhar Rao and TRS “for the impressive victory in Telangana assembly election.”
Next Step is to Strengthen Non-Congress/BJP Parties: Owaisi
Tweeting his thanks to the people of Telangana for their mandate, Owaisi said:
PM Modi Congratulates KCR for "The Thumping Win"
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his congratulations to KCR “for the thumping win in Telangana.”
He further acknowledged the handwork put in by BJP workers in the state elections and congratulated the Congress, as well as the Mizo National Front.
“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life,” said Modi.
EC Announces KCR's Telangana Rashtra Samithi Victorious
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) emerged winners in a landslide victory after Election Commission announced the final result for Telangana on Wednesday, 12 December.
KCR Will Take Oath as CM Tomorrow
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislature party unanimously elects party president K Chandrasekhar Rao as its leader.
KCR will take oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana on Thursday, 13 December, reported ANI, quoting sources.
Federal Front Emerging from Telangana: KT Rama Rao
KCR’s son KT Rama Rao said that a non-Congress and non-BJP force was emerging from Telangana.
“We are very keen on a federal front, strong regional voices need to be heard,” KT Rama Rao told ANI.
Telangana Police Issue Traffic Advisory
The Telangana Police have issues a traffic advisory for Thursday, 13 December, on the account of KCR’s oath taking ceremony.
Traffic blocks can be expected from 12 pm to 3 pm along the Raj Bhavan road from Monappa Island (Rajiv Gandhi Statue) to VV Statue Junction. Citizens taking this route are being forewarned that vehicles may get diverted or stopped and will be allowed to pass only on need basis along this route, the traffic advisory said, The News Minute reported.
The route from Panjagutta to Raj Bhavan Quarters Road (Metro Residency) will also reportedly be closed for general traffic on both sides of the road during the period.