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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Hyderabad
May 13, 2004 11:34 AM IST

S Sudhakar Reddy (CPI) leads in Nalgonda and V Arunkumar (INC) leads in Rajamundary.

In a virtual repeat of the performance in Assembly elections, a resurgent Congress is set to bag a lion's share of Lok Sabha seats in alliance with TRS and Left parties in Andhra Pradesh as the combine led by it was leading in 35 constituencies out of a total of 42 while TDP-BJP combine was leading in only five seats.

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Defeat was staring at several TDP-BJP bigwigs, including Union Ministers Ch Vidyasagar Rao, B Dattatreya and U R Krishnamraju as Congress-TRS-left parties combine candidates established massive leads over their rivals, according to early trends available.

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The TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao established an unassailable lead of 85,000 votes over senior BJP leader Vidyasagar Rao in Karimnagar, the heartland of Telangana.

In the coastal constituency of Amalapuram, once represented by former Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi, the Congress candidate GV Harsha Kumar was leading over his nearest TDP rival D Janardhan Rao.

The AICC spokesman S.Jaipal Reddy was leading by over 16,500 votes over is TDP rival Swamigoud in Miryalguda constituency. The firebrand Congress leader Renuka Choudhary was leading in Khammam seat by over 25,000 votes.

The TDP founder leader late NTR's daughter D Purandareshwari, who is contesting on Congress ticket, was leading in Bapatla constituency over her TDP rival and noted film producer D Rama Naidu.

In the dissolved Lok Sabha, TDP had 29 seats, its ally BJP seven and Congress had five members while Hyderabad constituency was represented by MIM.

The initial trends indicated a virtual repeat of the performances in Assembly polls that saw a near total rout of the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and a landslide victory for Congress-TRS left parties alliance.

Nalgonda: S Sudhakar Reddy (CPI) leads N Indrasena Reddy (BJP) by 51,000 votes.

Kurnool: K Suryaprakash Reddy (INC) leads by K E Krishna Murthy (TDP) by 60,000 votes.

Rajahmundry: V Arunkumar (INC) leads by K Sarvarayudu

Medak: A Narendra (TRS) leading over P Ramachandra Reddy (BJP) by 21000 votes.

Siddipet: S Satyanarayana (INC) leads K Lingaiah (TDP) by 22000 votes.

Khammam: Renuka Chowdhary (INC) leads N Nageshwara Rao (TDP) by 30000 votes.

Kakinada: M Palam Raju (INC) leads M Padmanabham (TDP) by 11700 votes.

Srikakulam: K Yerran Naidu (TDP) leads K Kruparani (INC) by 2800 votes.

Karimnagar: K Chandrashekar Rao (TRS) leads Ch Vidyasagar Rao (BJP) by 1,04,705 votes.

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