The Telangana Assembly Election 2023 promises an exciting political showdown in the southern state. Telangana Election 2023 Opinion Poll Congress 61 – 67 seats, BRS 45 – 51 seats and BJP 2 to 3 seats only as per the Lok Pool. The incumbent Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, leads the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), formerly known as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). This election season will witness an intense three-way battle among the ruling BRS, the Congress, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Political parties are gearing up for mega poll rallies across the state. Notably, the Congress took the unusual step of shifting its first re-constituted Congress Working Committee meeting from Delhi to Hyderabad as the election date draws near.
The 2018 Triumph and the Current Landscape
In the 2018 elections, KCR secured a second term as chief minister with unanimous support from the TRS Legislature Party. The BRS managed to secure an impressive 87 seats and a 47 percent vote share in the 119-member House. The Prajakutami, a coalition formed by the Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Jana Samithi, and CPI, secured 22 seats. AIMIM won seven seats, while Independents and the BJP secured two and one seat(s) respectively.
Telangana Election 2023 Opinion Poll
The Significance of Telangana Assembly Election 2023
The Telangana Assembly Election 2023 holds immense significance as it precedes the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. BRS has unequivocally stated that it will not align itself with either the Opposition INDIA alliance or the BJP-led NDA. The ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance,’ comprising 26 Opposition parties, is poised to challenge the BJP-led NDA in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In preparation for the Assembly elections, BRS has announced that it will unveil its party manifesto during a rally in Warangal on October 16. The Congress, on the other hand, has alre
ady released its manifesto, which includes a comprehensive 12-point ‘SC, ST Declaration.’ Additionally, the party had earlier unveiled the ‘Farmers Declaration’ and the ‘Youth Declaration.’ It is anticipated that the Congress will release its initial list of candidates for the upcoming elections in the first week of November 2023.
Key Dates for Telangana Assembly Election 2023
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has yet to announce the specific dates for the 2023 Telangana Assembly elections. However, it is expected that the elections will be held in November-December, similar to the 2018 Assembly elections, which saw polling on December 7, 2018, and the subsequent counting of votes on December 11, 2018. It’s worth noting that the counting of votes for Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh also took place on the same day.
Awaited Results of Telangana Assembly Election 2023
The results for the 119 constituencies in the Telangana Assembly Election 2023 are anticipated to be declared by the Election Commission by December 2023. The state is expected to conduct the election in a single phase, followed by the vote count and result announcement. In 2018, the results of the Telangana assembly polls were declared on December 11, 2018.
The Composition of Telangana Assembly
Telangana boasts a total of 119 seats. In a notable move, KCR’s BRS has already announced candidates for 115 out of the 119 seats. Chief Minister KCR himself will contest from two constituencies, Gajwel and Kamareddy. With only seven seats remaining, the announcement of candidates for the constituencies of Nampally, Narsapur, Goshamahal, and Jangaon is pending and will be revealed later.
CM Candidates for Telangana Assembly Election 2023
BRS has officially declared KCR as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming polls. During a recent rally in Armoor, BRS MLC and KCR’s daughter, K Kavitha, challenged the Opposition parties to name their Chief Ministerial candidate for Telangana, stating, “Our Chief Ministerial candidate is K Chandrashekhar Rao. Who is yours?” In contrast, the Congress has yet to make a formal announcement regarding its CM candidate. Speculations suggest that potential candidates for the Congress party in Telangana may include state PCC president A Revanth Reddy, Seethakka, Dansari Anasuya, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Capt N Uttamkumar Reddy, and Komatireddy Venkata Reddy.
The Road to Telangana Election 2023
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to unveil the schedule for the 2023 Telangana Assembly elections. However, if history is any indication, the elections are likely to take place in December. Notably, in 2018, KCR surprised many by dissolving the Assembly nearly eight months before the end of his first government’s term. He promptly called for early elections and revealed a list of 105 candidates on the same day, September 6. As no other party held a majority, the governor dissolved the house, leading to general elections. The election notification followed, and the state went to the polls three months later on December 7. These developments coincided with the timing of the Lok Sabha elections.
Party-Wise Manifestos and Promises
The major political players in the Telangana Assembly Elections 2023 include BRS, Congress, and the BJP. These parties are expected to unveil their manifestos once the Election Commission announces the election dates.
In the 2018 Telangana elections, the TRS party made several promises in its manifesto, including doubling old-age pensions, increasing financial assistance to farmers, providing unemployment allowances, and waiving crop loans. K Chandrasekhar Rao, then TRS president and CM, released the manifesto at a grand public rally held at Secunderabad parade grounds, just three days before the end of the election campaign.
BRS Candidate List for Telangana 2023
K Chandrasekhar Rao, the chief of BRS and Telangana Chief Minister, has unveiled the first list of candidates, featuring 115 names out of 119. For the 2023 Telangana elections, CM Rao himself will contest from two constituencies, Gajwel and Kamareddy. KTR, also known as KT Rama Rao, the son of CM KCR, will contest from Sircilla. The party has announced that it will release its manifesto for the state in Warangal district on October 16.
Latest Developments for Telangana 2023
Preparations for the forthcoming Telangana elections are in full swing. A comprehensive one-day training program for police officers was conducted on August 30, with the aim of enhancing their understanding of security protocols. DGP Anjani Kumar revealed that nearly 700 police personnel have been reshuffled in accordance