The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has defeated the CM Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to register a victory in the Dubbaka Assembly bypoll.
The counting, which was held in 23 rounds on Tuesday, has put the BJP's Madhavaneni Raghunandan Rao ahead of his closest rival TRS candidate Solipeta Sujatha by a margin of 1,118 votes. The Election Commission is yet to declare the result as the counting for four EVM is pending due to technical reasons.
Congress's Cheruku Srinivas Reddy ended its tally at only 21,819 votes as compared to the BJP's 62,772 votes and the TRS's 61,302 votes.
TRS state chief KTR has conceded defeat. "Thanks to those who voted for us in Dubbak. Thanks to those who tried for the victory of the party. The result did not come as we expected. We will analyse the results in-depth," KTR said.
The by-election had become the centre of a high decibel battle for the ruling TRS, BJP, and Congress in an otherwise ordinary constituency.