The YSR Congress party registered a landslide victory in municipal elections across Andhra Pradesh, winning almost all the civic bodies for which polls were held on March 10. In the election results declared on Sunday, the ruling YSRCP won 11 municipal corporations and 73 of the 75 municipalities in the state.
“People have overwhelmingly backed our CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s three-capital cities plan,” said YSRC spokesperson Ambati Rambabu. The main opposition TDP bagged only two civic bodies — Tadipatri and Mydukur municipalities. The result of Eluru municipal corporation was not declared in view of a stay order by the AP high court, which is hearing a case related to updation of voters’ list in the civic body.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AMIM, which contested polls for the first time in AP, won one municipal ward in Hindupur town, opening its electoral account in the southern state.
Counting of votes began at 8am and by 10am it was clear that the YSRCP would make a clean sweep.
The party cadres burst into celebrations all over the state as their victory, particularly in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Guntur cities, is a big setback for the TDP. The ruling party left rival parties, including the TDP, shell-shocked by winning 11 of 12 municipal corporations and 69 of the 71 municipalities.
The TDP’s score could not even touch the double-digit number in many towns. Although the TDP won a majority of wards in Tadipatri and Mydukur, the YSRCP is likely to bag the chairperson posts there with the help of ex-officio votes. This in other words means that the YSRCP will control all the civic bodies in the state. The Janasena-BJP combine too had no major impact on the voters.