Hyderabad: The Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) seems to be heading for a comfortable win in the state, with the TRS leading in 10 out of the total 17 Lok Sabha seats. The TRS, which is ruling in the state, had claimed that it will win as many as 16 seats, but the Bharatiya Janata (Bharatiya Janata Party) and Congress are likely to win a handful of seats, with the All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) likely to retain the Hyderabad parliamentary constituency.
The surprise however is with local TV channels giving the BJP two to four seats. The Election Commission of India (ECI) website also showed the AIMIM leading in another Lok Sabha seat, which is likely to be the Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra. If the AIMIM wins that, then it will be the first time in its history that it wins a seat out of Hyderabad.
Rao had been claiming a sweep of all the Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, and was looking to leverage that in case the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) falls short of numbers to form the government. However, with the BJP leading in as many as 282 seats, it is unlikely that the TRS will play a role in national politics this time. Rao has been advocating trying to form a federal front with other regional parties, for which he met several state-level leaders of different political parties since last year.
However, that is unlikely to materialize this time, if the NDA wins on its own. In 2014, out of the total 17 Lok Sabha seats, the TRS won 11, the Congress 2, BJP 1, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) 1, AIMIM and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) 1 in Telangana. Subsequently, MPs from the TDP, YSRCP and one from Congress defected to the TRS. Just five months prior to the Lok Sabha poll results, the TRS stormed to power in the assembly 2018 December elections, by winning 88 of the 119 seats. Since then, 11 of the main opposition Congress’s 19 MLAs have defected to Rao’s party.