Reportedly congratulating KCR garu for winning the Assembly elections in Telangana,” said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon as it became clear that his nemesis K Chandrasekhar Rao was not just set for a comeback, but a sweeping victory in the Telangana polls. Meanwhile what was missing in Naidu’s reaction, however, was the acknowledgement that the experiment called ‘Prajakutami’ had failed miserably.
Furthermore after entering into a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Telangana appears to not have helped the TDP and the party could not even retain the seats they had won in the 2014 state elections. Further of the 14 assembly constituencies in which it contested, the TDP managed to win just two Sathupally in Khammam and Aswaraopeta in Bhadradri Kothagudem districts. In Sathupally constituency, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah of the TDP took on Pidamarthi Ravi of the TRS and Namburi Ramalingeswara Rao of the BJP.
Padmarao claimed the party was reportedly even struggling to find polling booth agents for election work on polling day, say those who were keenly watching the party’s campaign performance. He said “At Kukatpally, the disgruntled Congress and the demoralised TDP workers were actively going against their own party candidates, they were asking people to vote for the TRS".