K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is likely to improve its performance in the just-ended Lok Sabha elections as the IANS-CVOTER exit poll projected 14 seats for it out of Telangana’s total 17 Lok Sabha constituencies. In the 2014 general elections, the party won 11 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
The IANS-CVOTER exit poll projects a seat each for the UPA, the NDA and the AIMIM. In the previous election, the NDA and UPA won two seats each and one each went to the YSR Congress and AIMIM. In terms of vote share, the exit poll predicts 37.3 per cent votes to the TRS, followed by 31.1 per cent votes to the UPA. The NDA is likely to have got 12.8 per cent votes and the AIMIM’s vote share is likely to be 2.8 per cent, it said.
Rao, the first Chief Minister of the state and the one credited for forcing the Centre to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh seems to have increased his popularity since the state was formed in 2014.