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Hyderabad: In a setback to the ruling Congress, former party MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s candidates today won three out of nine seats in the elections to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council.
The independent candidates backed by him won the Local Authorities’ Constituencies (LAC) polls in Kadapa, Chittoor and West Godavari districts though the results are yet to be officially announced.
The margin of victory for Jagan’s candidates, though, was very slender in Chittoor and Kadapa — his home district — as they won by just one and nine votes respectively.
It was a personal setback to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy as Congress lost the Council election in his native Chittoor district.
A re-counting of votes was done in Chittoor as a Jagan group nominee secured a majority of just one vote. Initially, the returning officer Pradyumna rejected Congress’ demand for re-counting but later gave in reportedly after the chief minister brought pressure.
Even then the Jagan group candidate maintained the one vote lead. Overall, Congress lost three seats it currently held while main Opposition TDP added two more to its tally by winning three seats this time.
Congress contested eight seats, TDP seven and five from Jagan’s group. All won three seats each.
Kiran Kumar Reddy had claimed two days ago, immediately after the polling, that Congress would win six out of nine seats but the results proved otherwise.
TDP wrested the Anantapur LAC seat from Congress as former minister J C Diwakar Reddy’s supporters voted against the party. Diwakar had been sulking ever since he was denied a Cabinet berth in 2009.
The East Godavari LAC seat too went to TDP as Jagan’s group played spoilsport with the prospects of the Congress nominee.
Congress and TDP held one seat each in West Godavari previously but only the latter managed to retain its position. Here, Jagan’s group defeated Congress to bag the second seat.