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Exit Poll: People still express confidence on KCR : Srihari

Hyderabad, Dec 7 : Caretaker Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari on Friday claimed that the people of Telangana still express confidence on the leadership of TRS President and caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to form the next government in the state.

Reacting to the Times Now-CNX exit poll, which was released this evening after conclusion of the Assembly election, which predicted TRS retaining Telangana, Mr Srihari said the party was confident to form the government with a majority of seats between 75-80 due to the welfare schemes implemented by KCR-led government and confidence on the leadership of KCR by the people.

In the 119-assembly constituencies, our leader KCR had addressed a series of public meetings and road shows besides his son and caretaker Minister K T Rama Rao, his nephew and caretaker Minister Harisha Rao and MP, K Kavitha, daughter of KCR holding election meetings, he said Mr Rao had already informed that the party would form the government without any support from any party.

AP Chief Minister and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu’s partnership with Mahakutami also benefitted us to form the government with Telangana people had not believed him as he was the anti-telangana leader, he said.

In the exit polls for Telangana Assembly Elections 2018, Times now predicted that the ruling TRS expected to win 66 seats, Congress – 37 , BJP-7 and others – 9 out 119-assembly seats.

In 2014, the TRS had grabbed 63 seats, with the Congress limited to 21. TDP had won 15 seats, AIMIM 07 and the BJP was restricted to 5 seats. Others had won 8 seats.

A three-way battle between the Congress-led “Prajakutami" (People's Front), which is an umbrella alliance of Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Jana Samiti and Communist Party of India (CPI), the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Bharatiya Janata Party, saw a fierce electoral campaign in the run-up to polls. Asaddudin Owiaisi-led AIMIM is also in the fray.

The Assembly election was held today following the dissolution of the Assembly by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government headed by Mr Chandrashekar Rao, ahead of its schedule.

The counting of votes for Telangana Assembly Election will take place on December 11, which would reveal the fate of TRS, whether it had paid off for it on the early poll or not.UNI