Early trends in the counting of votes today showed the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress set for a landslide victory in the Andhra Pradesh local body polls held on Wednesday. The ruling party was leading in eight municipal corporations and was ahead in 61 of the municipalities and nagar panchayats where the results were beginning to be declared. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) came a distant second with three leads in the second category. Others such as the Congress and the BJP had drawn nil till around 10.30 am.
In all, 12 corporations and 75 municipalities and nagar panchayats went to polls on March 10.
In 90 of the 671 divisions in the 12 corporations, candidates had won without contest. In the 75 municipalities and nagar panchayats, up to 490 wards had chosen members unanimously.
Over 65 per cent of polling was reported in the elections on Wednesday, according to a PTI report based on poll panel sources. The YSR Congress has already bagged the Pulivendula (the Chief Minister’s home constituency), Punganuru, Piduguralla, and Macherla municipalities “unopposed”.
Chief Minister Reddy’s government was reportedly facing its first test of governance in these polls, held amid a strong attack by a combined opposition which has accused it of resorting to high-handedness and abuse of state machinery, particularly the police, in a bid to grab the civic bodies.