After Munugode, all parties are equally happy — as well as disappointed!

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BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 13, 2022 | 2:55 PMUpdatedApr 04, 2023 | 9:01 PM

TRS workers celebrate their candidate's victory

The recent Munugode byelection seems to have left all major political players happy — and at the same disappointed.

The TRS celebrated the victory over its main rival, the BJP, but its supremo, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR, was said to be unhappy with the outcome — because the ruling party wrested the seat by a margin of just over 10,000 votes.

“What would have been the result if I had not acted swiftly and stitched the support of the Communist parties,  the CPI and the CPI(M),” KCR reportedly commented at a party review.

The Left parties together have a traditional vote bank of around 15,000 to 20,000 in the constituency, and the result might have been different if they had contested separately.

The BJP, though unhappy over the defeat, found a reason to cheer — coming a close second to the TRS in a segment where it had polled just over 10,000 votes the last time round. Saffron leaders believe this will give them enough ammunition to position the party as the alternative to the TRS in the state.

Now what reason would the Congress, which lost the seat to the TRS, have to be upbeat?

Apparently, the party believes this result was a one-off, and the upcoming Assembly elections in 2023 will be different as the BJP cannot hope to find strong candidates in more than 25 to 30 segments.

Interesting days ahead in Telangana!