We respect the people`s verdict, says Rosaiah
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Last Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010, 15:25
Hyderabad: Faced with defeat in the by-elections to 12 Assembly constituencies in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, the ruling Congress and principal opposition Telugu Desam Party said the Telangana Rashtra Samiti's victory was "very much expected."

Chief Minister K Rosaiah issued a one-line statement saying: "We respect the people's verdict."

APCC president D Srinivas, who lost to his BJP rival Y Lakshmi Narayana in Nizamabad Urban, said "very strong Telangana sentiment" worked in the TRS' favour, enabling it to sweep the by-polls.

"The happenings subsequent to December 9, 2009, when the Centre first made a statement on the separate statehood issue, have worked in favour of the TRS. Added to it, the sympathy factor worked in favour of those who resigned from their posts, leading to their re-election," Srinivas said in Nizamabad.

Replying to a question, the PCC chief said there was no change in the Congress' stand on the Telangana issue. "We are still committed to Telangana," he said.

The TRS has won Sirpur, Chennur and Mancherial, Siddipet and Dharmapuri constituencies among the 12 Assembly segments in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh where bypolls were held on July 27.

TDP senior leader T Devender Goud said the TRS' thumping victory in the by-elections was widely expected.

"The by-polls were held in a highly emotional atmosphere. We could not focus on the by-election campaigning as we were busy fighting the Babhli issue. This has certainly left an impact on our performance," Goud told newsmen at the TDP headquarters NTR Bhavan as results started coming in.

He, however, maintained that the TDP was still in a strong position in the Telangana region.

"Neither is this the beginning nor the end. The TDP has a clear view on Telangana. We shall not be disappointed with the results," Goud added.


First Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 15:25

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