Congress’ vote share falls to all-time low in Huzurabad | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: The leadership change has done little to end Congress’ losing streak in the state.
The team led by new state president A Revanth Reddy failed to revive the electoral prospects of the party, with Balmoor Venkat getting about 3,000 votes which was less than 2 per cent of total votes in a constituency with traditional Congress vote blocks.
It was a massive drop for Congress from three years ago when its candidate P Kaushik Reddy (now in TRS) had polled over 61,000 votes with a vote share of 34.6 per cent. In the 2009 assembly polls, Congress’ V Krishna Mohan Rao polled 41,717 (28.5 per cent) and in 2014 K Sudarshan Reddy got 38,278 votes (23.5 per cent).
Even in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress’ Ponnam Prabhakar polled 43,690 votes (30 per cent) in Huzurabad constituency in 2009, got 46,867 votes (26.8 per cent) in 2014 and 46,689 votes (29.8 per cent) in 2019. Congress hasn’t won Huzurabad in the past 30 years, but the abysmal vote share was a new low for the party.
The loss has put a question mark over party’s future in Telangana in the face of a resurgent BJP, which beat TRS in Dubbak bypoll and came up with a stunning performance in GHMC elections.
“It was a half-hearted approach by the party leadership which did not hold even one public meeting in Huzurabad, while huge public meetings were held in Adilabad, Gajwel, Raviryala and Mahbubnnagar. Also, the Congress did not work as hard as it did in Dubbak and Nagarjunasagar,” Congress MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said. On talk in political circles that Congress had no choice but to indirectly support Eatala as “an enemy of the enemy is a friend,” Komatireddy denied having made such comments.


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