It was an interesting experience for BJP workers and leaders, who had been tracking the Munugude by-poll results since Sunday morning, as the contest was very close in the beginning. As BJP candidate Rajagopal Reddy gained a lead in the second and third rounds of counting, party workers were upbeat about his chances of victory, though the margin of lead was small.
“The BJP made gains in villages where Labor Minister CH Malla Reddy, Roads and Buildings Minister V Prashant Reddy and Excise Minister V Srinivasa Goud were made in-charge. We were confident of the BJP’s victory,” said BJP worker Bhargavi Reddy. Said, who till then were eagerly waiting for the result of the fourth round. The trouble started when the results of the fourth round were getting delayed. The BJP state leadership started expressing its serious concern over the delay.
Bandi blames the SEC
While warning the state election commission that anything wrong with the results would be solely responsible, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay asked the SEC why the results released immediately in the first two rounds were delayed in the third and fourth rounds. . , Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy called State Election Commissioner Vikas Raj over phone and expressed displeasure over the counting process being followed. Within 10 minutes the results of the fourth round were declared.
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Even as BJP leaders kept leveling allegations against the SEC, the counting of votes resumed and TRS candidate K Prabhakar Reddy started gaining a lead in every single round. Even as Prabhakar Reddy was leading by 3,200 votes, party workers were hoping that the BJP would take a lead in Chandur Mandal and Nagar Palika, for which rounds of 8, 9 and 10 were counted. This did not happen and Prabhakar Reddy was leading in every round. By the time the 10th results were not declared, the party workers had gone on thinking that the BJP was losing.
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Story first published: Monday, November 7, 2022, 18:27 [IST]