Today, April 30, 2014, will be another historic day in the history of Telangana as India’s newly born State (29th State) is all set to witness big fight that decides its first Government. 2.81 crore voters in Telangana are going to exercise their franchise for electing the first government of the new state that will formally come into existence on June 2. The voters, including 1.37 crore women, will decide the political fate of 1669 candidates contesting for 119 assembly seats in the region, as also 265 candidates for 17 Lok Sabha seats.
Incumbent Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telugu Desam-Bharatiya Janata Party combine are the leading contenders for power in what will be the 29th state of Indian Union. Though there are other players like YSR Congress, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Aam Aadmi Party, Lok Satta Party, CPI and CPM in the fray, they have little at stake in the elections. The electoral battle between the top contenders is so intense that picking a “favourite” is so difficult task.
While there is neck-and-neck fight between the TRS and the Congress, TDP-BJP combine is also expected to make certain gains in Lok Sabha. More than anyone else, the elections are highly critical for the TRS as it will be a “now-or-never” chance for it to realize its ultimate target of achieving power in the new state.
Prominent among those seeking election to Lok Sabha are Union minister S Jaipal Reddy, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, his daughter Kavitha, Lok Satta Party president N Jayaprakash Narayan, former DGP V Dinesh Reddy, former IAS officer M Chaya Ratan, CPI state secretary K Narayana and Majlis chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
The TRS Chief, whose ultimate dream is becoming the first chief minister of Telangana state, is also contesting the Assembly election (from Gajwel) while other aspirants like C Damodara Rajanarasimha (former deputy CM), J Geeta Reddy (former minister), TDP’s CM candidate Krishnaiaha and a host of others too are in the fray. To know the final results wait till May 16. Until then, hold your horses.