Gajwel: Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) supremo K Chandrashekhar Rao, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second consecutive term, won as MLA with the highest majority ever from Gajwel Assembly constituency. Rao, who became the only Telangana legislator ever to win Assembly elections eight times, won by a margin of 58,290 votes over his Congress rival Vonteru Prathapa Reddy.
Since most of the contests in Gajwel were very close, the 23,000 vote majority margin by J Geetha Reddy in 2004 remained the highest until this election. Out of the 15 elections held until 2014, including a by-election, no winning candidate had achieved more majority than Geetha Reddy.
Though K Chandrashekhar Rao could not spend much time in Gajwel during the election campaign, he got more than double the majority which Geeta Reddy got in 2004. Party cadre in Gajwel constituency attributed the victory to senior leader T Harish Rao’s election strategy and Medak MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy’s execution, who camped in the constituency for over a month to carry out the door-to-door campaign besides holding regular meetings with the party cadre.
However, a party leader in Gajwel, Mada Srinivas has said that people have independently come forward to vote for KCR since he had changed the face of the constituency within four years. “People felt that it is a great honour to vote for Rao because the CM himself is going to represent them in the State Assembly, he said
However, Chandrashekhar Rao, who quit Telugu Desam Party to launch TRS in 2001, had achieved the highest margin of victory in his political career by contesting as an Independent. He had won the election with a bumper majority of 58,712 votes, the highest ever in his career. This time around, he fell short of his highest majority by a few hundreds. As people unanimously backed him, he had got 72.35 per cent of the total votes polled in the 2001 Assembly election.