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The Congress Party registered a landside victory in the municipal elections held on September 24. The party bagged 1906 out of 3500 wards and divisions against the main opponent TDP gained only 973. Congress candidates will be catapulted to the posts of municipal chairperson in around 75 out of 96 municipalities, TDP in 10, the TRS in two and the CPI (M) in one. Among 10 municipal corporations where results were announced (except Vijayawada where the polling will be held on September 30), the Congress secured a majority of its own in seven and won 25 out of 50 wards in Warangal. However, in the violence marred election in Nellore Municipal Corporation, the TDP won 20 divisions as against the Congress 19. However, the overall fortunes of the parties are likely to alter, though marginally, on September 30 when councilors and corporators assemble to elect their respective civic chiefs. Much will depend on how the political parties decide upon their alliance in the coming four days.

Another crucial factor that will tilt the balance in municipalities with slender margins in the vote of MLAs and MPs. The Chittor, the home district of TDP president, N. Chandra Babu Naidu, Guntur, Kurnool, Kadapa and Srikakulam, the TDP is in no position to get its party men elected chairpersons or Mayor.

The Chief Minister, YS Rajasekhara Reddy has termed his party's triumph in the civic elections as 'a people's victory' and a positive vote for the Congress Government. Speaking at a media conference on Monday, he had endorsed his Government policies. He said that the Government has received a quality certification from voters. The Chief Minister said that the Congress was not averse to supporting the TRS or seeking its supporting municipalities wherever necessary.

THE RESULTS AT A GLANCE

MUNICIPALITIES

INC - 71

TDP - 16

TRS - 02

CPI (M) - 01

TIE/HUNG - 06

Total - 96

CORPORATIONS

INC - 08

TDP - 02

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