AP: Cong, TDP win 1 extra seat each, TRS loses
Hyderabad, Mar 23: The ruling Congress and the Opposition TDP have won one additional seat each as dissidence-plagued Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) lost one seat in the cross-voting marred elections to fill 31 vacancies in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from the Assembly.
The Congress and the TDP secured 20 and five seats each respectively disproportionate to their strength in the Assembly, while the TRS's second official candidate M Sudershan Rao lost due to cross voting as TRS backed independent K Jnaneshwar won comfortably in the elections.
Despite the backing of the two member BJP Legislature Party in the Assembly the TRS could ensure victory of only H A Rehman.
The Congress allies CPI got two seats and AIMIM one seat while TDP's ally CPI(M) secured one seat comfortably in the elections to the Upper House being revived after a gap of two decades.
The prominent leaders who have made it to the Council included A R Amos, Paladugu Venkat Rao, Palvai Goverdhan Reddy, P Sudhakar Reddy, Kanumuri Bapi Raju, Mohd Jani(All Congress), Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Masquati(TDP) and Puvvada Nageswara Rao (CPI).
Counting of votes was delayed by more than three hours last night as the Congress MLA voted again after making mistakes in marking preferences which was objected to by the Opposition parties.
However, State Election authorities referred the matter to their higher-ups in New Delhi and got clearance.
The 90-member Legislative Council also comprises 28 seats from Local Authorities Constituencies and eight each from the Graduates Constituencies and Teachers Constituencies. The TDP, which was for unicameral legislature since the days of its founder N T Rama Rao, had declared that it would abolish the Council if it returns to power in the 2009 Assembly elections.
Elections to three local body constituencies were postponed on technical grounds. Governor Rameshwar Thakur will nominate 12 members to the Upper House.