Hyderabad: Despite a strong Modi wave across the nation, the TRS did well to win majority of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the State, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said on Friday.
The Minister felt that the issues of national politics have influenced the results in the State, especially in Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency, resulting in the defeat of his son and TRS candidate Sai Kiran Yadav.
The father-son duo has decided to tour the constituency over the next two days in a gesture to thank the party activists who worked hard for Sai Kiran Yadav’s campaign despite all odds. They congratulated winners from all political parties and thanked TRS leaders, including Ministers, MLAs and corporators who worked for the victory of Sai Kiran Yadav.
Speaking to the media at Old MLA Quarters in Adarshnagar, Srinivas Yadav said they were confident of winning the seat till the last minute due to the overwhelming response from people to the TRS electoral campaign. “Even BJP leaders were not confident of their win. We suspect issues of national politics played a spoilsport for us. We respect people’s verdict and will work harder to implement Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s development and welfare agenda,” he said.
The Minister ruled out anti-incumbency as people gave a mandate to the TRS in the Assembly elections held only five months ago and said different issues influenced the results of the Assembly and the Parliament elections. He said Secunderabad constituency had been voting for the BJP for the past couple of terms, and people chose to retain the party.
Sai Kiran Yadav vowed to work for people of the constituency as a TRS activist. He felt that victories and defeats were natural in elections and he was not seeking anyone’s sympathy. “Politics is not a short innings, but a career of life span. I thank Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and TRS working president KT Rama Rao for giving me the opportunity at such a young age in my career. I have learnt the lessons and will continue to serve people with more responsibility,” he added.