Audio story | Praja Rajyam slips from early projected leads

Audio story | Praja Rajyam slips from early projected leads
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 07 18 PM IST

Updated: Sat, May 16 2009. 07 18 PM IST
Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) started counting day with a bang, with early projected leads that seemed to give him the party as many as six seats. But the vote share arithmetic now appears to give the PRP just two seats, including Chiranjeevi’s own constituency of Tirupathi.
The votes he did get, however, played into the hands of the Congress, cutting down the share of the anti-incumbent votes that parties like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) might otherwise have bagged.
Meanwhile, a discrepancy crept in between the assembly projections and the Lok Sabha projections for Andhra Pradesh. The assembly elections saw a closer contest between the Congress and the TDP, even though the Congress surged forward far more easily in the Lok Sabha elections.
To form the state government, the Congress is likely to reach out to independents as well as the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimmen (AIMIM).
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 07 18 PM IST