Lauding its "astounding" performance in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls, where it has made big gains, as a "moral victory", the BJP on Friday said it has emerged as the "only alternative" to the ruling TRS in Telangana. BJP leaders hailed the party's show as it won 48 seats, against only four it had earlier in the corporation, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah thanking people for reposing faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "politics of development."
The election was held in 150 wards, and results for 149 wards were announced by late Friday evening. The ruling TRS's tally fell below the majority mark as it won 55 seats and the AIMIM 44. The BJP believes that it has now emerged as the main challenger to the TRS, replacing the Congress, which won only two wards.
Shah, who had campaigned for the polls, tweeted, "Gratitude to the people of Telangana for reposing faith in PM @NarendraModi led BJP's Politics of Development. Congratulations to Shri @JPNadda ji and Shri @bandisanjay_bjp for BJP's astounding performance in GHMC. I applaud the hard work of our karyakartas of @BJP4Telangana."
Counting of votes cast in all 150 divisions began at 8 am at 30 places in the city with Telangana State Election Commission deploying over 8,000 personnel. The authorities have arranged 150 counting halls with 14 tables in each hall. State Election Commissioner C Parthasarthy said a counting supervisor and two assistants were deployed at each table. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders and traffic restrictions were imposed around counting centres.
Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda police imposed a ban on victory rallies for next 48 hours. Out of a total 74.67 lakh voters, 46.55 per cent has cast their votes in 149 divisions on Tuesday. There were 1,925 postal ballots. Polling in one division was stopped due to discrepancy in ballot paper and re-poll was held on Thursday. A total of 1,122 candidates are in the fray. The bitterly contested elections saw a high-decibel campaign with the participation of several central ministers and top national leaders of BJP.
While the TRS contested all seats, the BJP fielded candidates in 149 divisions, the Congress in 146, the TDP in 106, the AIMIM in 51, the CPI in 17 and the CPI-M in 12 divisions. Other recognised parties fielded 76 candidates while 415 independents also tested their political fortunes. The mayor’s post is reserved for a woman this time.
GHMC Results 2020 RESULTS: HIGHLIGHTS
9:57 PM: TRS emerged as the single largest party with 55 seats, BJP won 48 seats, a major improvement from its previous tally when it won only 4 seats while AIMIM won 44 seats.
5:57 PM: Results and leads so far: TRS has won 41 seats, BJP 22, AIMIM 34, Congress 2 and others 0 seat. Uptil now, results for 99 seats out of 150 have been declared. Counting of votes is underway.
4:02 PM: As counting continues, TRS is currently leading on 72 seats, while AIMIM vs BJP are fighting for the second spot.
WIN 2:15 PM: AIMIM candidates have won from these dividions -- Dabeerpura, Ramnaspura, Doodhbowli, Barkas, Pattergatti, Puranapoo, Riyastnagar, Ahmed Nagar, Kishanbagh, Nawab, Sahab Kunta.
WIN 1:50 PM: Mettuguda division: TRS candidate Rasuri Sunitha wins
1:35 PM: Telangana HC overturns SEC circular
Telangana High Court overturns circular issued by State Election Commission (SEC) declaring ballot papers having 'distinguish mark’ other than the swastika mark as valid.
WIN: 1:15 PM: AS Rao Nagar: Congress candidate Sirisha Reddy Singi Reddy wins
1 PM: BJP leader KhushbuSundar tweets that the party has found foothold and making a deep impact in South India. "Victory in Hyderabad is a proof to that. And let me assure you, Tamil Nadu is not far. 2021elections we will make a grand entry into TN. Continue to believe in Narendra Modi and his clean govt," she tweeted.
WIN: 12:52 PM: Yousufguda division: TRS candidate Rajkumar Patel wins
12:45 PM: Counting of votes underway at 150 counting halls
Counting of votes underway in all 150 divisions with Telangana State Election Commission deploying over 8,000 personnel. The authorities have arranged 150 counting halls with 14 tables in each hall. State Election Commissioner C Parthasarthy said a counting supervisor and two assistants are deployed at each table.
12:30 PM: In the 2016 elections, the TRS had captured GHMC with landslide majority of 99 in 150-member body. MIM was second largest party with 44 seats, while the BJP was a distant with only four seats.
WIN 12:15 PM: AIMIM Ex-Mayor GHMC, Mohammed Majid Hussain Won from Mehdipatnam Ward
12:10 PM: Hardeep Singh Puri tweets on GHMC results
Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that early trends emerging from Hyderabad indicate a change in popular mood & shape of things to come. "Policies of transformative development are hard to beat & always triumph over hollow populism & fake narrative," he said.
11:55 AM: 'BJP a dominant force in Telangana'
Y Satya Kumar, BJP's national secretary, said that the party is now a dominant force in the state of Telangana. "As the initial trends have suggested, BJP Telangana has set its place as a dominant force in the state and is now ready to give TRS a run for its money. The regime of TRS has its days numbered..." he tweeted.
GHMC Results: Trends at 11:30 AM
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 88 seats, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in 32 while AIMIM in 17 seats.
11:20 AM: Sambit Patra tweets on GHMC results
The BJP leading in 88 divisions while the TRS and AIMIM are leading in 34 and 17 divisions, respectively
भाग्यनगर pic.twitter.com/2wgFgSeCMR— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) December 4, 2020
10:35 AM: About BJP's campaign in GHMC polls
BJP's Telangana president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar found himself in a row following his comments that his party would conduct a "surgical strike" in the old city here, if necessary, to send away Rohingyas and Pakistanis after it won the post of Mayor in the polls.
10:15 AM: GHMC Results 2020: The TRS campaign was led by its working president and state Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, while party supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a public meeting. The state's ruling party has deployed several state Ministers and legislators for canvassing in the city. The TRS and BJP leaders were engaged in a war of words.
10 AM: Hyderabad civic poll result: 1,122 candidates in fray
A total of 1,122 candidates are in the fray for the 150 divisions of the civic body's council. The TRS is contesting all 150 divisions, whereas BJP has fielded candidates in 149 seats. The Congress is in the fray from 146 divisions. The AIMIM hs fielded candidates deom 51 divisions.
9:50 AM: BJP expects good show in GHMC polls
Bolstered by its victory in the recent bypoll to Dubbak Assembly constituency, the BJP conducted a spirited campaign to win the GHMC polls to boost its chances in the 2023 Assembly polls. It has drafted its General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who has been its in-charge for Bihar, to supervise the poll preparations in Hyderabad. Top leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party president J P Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy, who is Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad, party MP and BJYM national president Tejasvi Surya participated in the campaign.
The BJP highlighted the TRS's "alliance" with the AIMIM and sought votes to provide clean and transparent administration in the city.
9:30 AM: Counting for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections underway; visuals from LB Stadium counting centre.
9:15 AM: All involved in GHMC campaign advised to self-isolate
Telangana's health authorities on Wednesday advised all those who participated in the campaign for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections to isolate themselves for next one week. All the party leaders, party workers, and other individuals who were directly involved in the campaigning have been urged to isolate so that they don't end up spreading Covid-19.
9 AM: No victory rally for 48 hours: Police
Hyderabad Police on Friday appealed to all political parties not to take out victory rallies for 48 hours after the counting of votes if completed.
8:40 AM: Over 34 lakh votes cast in Hyderabad municipal polls
A total of 46.60 per cent of over 74 lakh voters cast their votes on Tuesday in the elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the Telangana State Election Commission said on Wednesday.
8:30 AM: GHMC Results Today: K Kavitha claims TRS will win 100 seats
Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha said, "We are expecting to win over 100 seats. Although many big leaders from BJP came to campaign and made many false claims, I'm happy that people of Hyderabad did not believe in them & reposed their faith in KCR's leadership."
8:10 AM: Counting for GHMC elections begins
Counting for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections begins.
8 AM: GHMC polls results to be declared today
Telangana: Counting for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections to begin shortly; visuals from LB Stadium counting centre. pic.twitter.com/RWRMUMniGn— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2020
In the 2016 elections, Owaisi's AIMIM had won 44 seats. The TRS had pocketed 99 seats while the BJP secured just 4 seats. The TDP and Congress won two seats each.