Telangana Assembly Election result 2018 LIVE:
K. Chandrashekhar Rao led his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a resounding victory, crushing Congress-led alliance in India's youngest state, riding high on Telangana pride and welfare schemes. He will take oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana on Thursday. Beating all expectations of pre-poll surveys and exit polls, the TRS
bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly to retain the power with more than two-thirds majority. The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party, which received the massive mandate in the first general election in the four-year-old state. The Congress-led People's Front, which was expected to give a tough fight to TRS, managed only 21 seats.
chief and Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao, who was re-elected from Gajwel constituency, termed the massive win as "people's victory". He said this was a positive vote for the work done by TRS
for the welfare and development.
"This victory has added responsibility on us to fulfil the aspirations of people," he said and claimed that with all sections of people backing the TRS, the result had shown the way to the nation for a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and non-Congress alternative. KCR's son K.T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao also retained Sircilla and Siddipet constituencies. However, four of KCR's other cabinet colleagues were defeated as also Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary.
KCR dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.