Barely seven months after a landslide victory in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the ruling Congress in Andhra
Pradesh managed to bag only 52 of the 150 seats in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls.
The TDP instead, made a strong comeback by securing 45 seats against only one assembly seat won in the last polls.
The Congress expected between 90 to 100 seats and comfortably come to power in the country’s second largest civic body after New Delhi. For, in the assembly polls, it secured 14 of the 24 seats within the municipal limits.
Realising that things were not in their favour this time, supporters of late chief minister Y.S.R. Reddy roped in his son Jagan Mohan to campaign.
But the party lost badly in Maheswaram, from where Jagan launched his campaign and from where his father had launched all his election campaigns.
The Congress, however, is likely to retain power along with Majlis Ittahadul Muslimeen, which secured 43 of the 70 seats it contested in the old city.