The headline second from Sunday’s Telangana election was the Congress easing to a win over outgoing Chief Minister Ok Chandrasekhar Rao’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi. However dig somewhat deeper and there’s a outstanding story – an unknown native BJP chief on the centre of a double giant-killing feat.
Now arguably the BJP’s most outstanding native face, he secured over 66,000 votes to defeat Mr Rao, and dump the Congress’ state unit boss to 3rd. There have been practically 12,000 votes between the three.
The unassuming Mr Reddy spoke to NDTV Monday and performed down the importance of the win. “I’m no star… no celebrity. I simply obtained caught in ‘Star Wars’,” he mentioned with a smile, referring to his rivals, one hailed because the ‘father of Telangana’ and the opposite because the architect of the Congress’ unlikely win.
Did he suppose this win was ever a risk? Nicely, sure, and he instructed NDTV as such. “I did suppose this might occur. The truth is, I instructed NDTV earlier than the election. I mentioned ‘I’m assured and can defeat each…”
“Each are nice leaders… one is a former Chief Minister, the opposite an incoming Chief Minister. There isn’t any distinction between them. The truth is, we had been shut when it comes to votes… solely 12,000 between us.”
A cheerful Mr Reddy then snuck in what appeared a veiled jab at his rivals. “I thank them for this opportunity… I might by no means have gotten right here. What’s particular about me? I might have been simply considered one of 119 MLAs. NDTV wouldn’t be fascinated with me if they’d not contested from Kamareddy.”
Mr Reddy made comparable feedback late Sunday, hours after his beautiful victory was confirmed.
“I took each as regular candidates. The individuals supported me lots and because of this I received… I wish to say I’m not simply the MLA of 65,000 voters… however I’m the MLA of 4 lakh individuals…”
Mr Reddy’s win would not change the very fact this was a poor election for the BJP, which had hoped for a robust exhibiting to kick-start its “Mission South” marketing campaign forward of subsequent yr’s Lok Sabha election.
However all is just not doom and gloom, the brand new Kamareddy MLA mentioned, explaining that the image in Telangana may have been completely different however for “dangerous luck”. “BJP vote-share was 6.8 per cent in 2018. Now it’s round 14 per cent. We may have shaped the federal government if we additionally obtained anti-incumbency vote. These votes went to the Congress, which had its ‘assure’ schemes. This was an issue.”
“For the final 5 years we’ve got been working for the general public… working to strengthen the cadre and unfold consciousness concerning the corrupt BRS authorities. We had 20-25 seats as our goal however we misplaced some seats… in 5 – 6 the margins had been very low (and) that was dangerous luck.”
Mr Reddy additionally performed down speak that yet one more defeat in a southern state – historically robust nuts for the BJP to crack – was the results of a change in state management simply months earlier than the polls.
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy was appointed the BJP’s state chief in July.
The BJP’s Telangana star additionally performed down the dimensions of the Congress’ win, declaring, “Congress successful 60+ seats is regular… not a landslide. State didn’t vote overwhelmingly for them.”
The Congress received 64 seats in Sunday’s election, properly under the 88 received by the BRS within the 2018 election and on par with the 63 it claimed in 2014, the yr of the state’s formation.
The BJP completed with eight – yet another than Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM.
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