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Mood varies from agony to ecstasy

By Our Staff Reporter

NIZAMABAD, MAY 11. The candidates of the Congress-Telangana Rashtra Samiti combine surged ahead of their rivals right from the first round of counting here. Amid tight security, the counting was taken up simultaneously at the Government Polytechnic College and the Nirmal Hrudaya Girls High School. The initial expectation among the TDP leaders of putting up a good show went up in smoke within first 45 minutes itself. Barring Jukkal reserved constituency, the TDP and the BJP candidates trailed in other segments.

The focus was on Dichpalli and Banswada segments which witnessed keen contests. Within 90 minutes, the TDP agents wore a glum look as the Minister for School Education, Mandava Venkateswara Rao and former Minister, Parige Srinivas Reddy, were found to be trailing.

In Jukkal, the TDP candidate, Hanumanth Reddy, maintained lead till seventh round when the Congress nominee and DCC president, S. Gangaram, made a strong comeback and won the seat.

In Yellareddy, the Congress rebel candidate, Janardhan Goud, maintained lead over his nearest TRS and TDP rivals. But, things changed after a few rounds when the TRS nominee, E. Ravinder Reddy, surged ahead. The TRS rebel, Jajjala Surender, made life miserable for the official nominee by securing over 49,000 votes.

In the Congress camp, the mood was jubilant. A few followers of the Congress and TRS candidates, managed to enter the counting centres and hugged their leaders.

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