YSRC-backed candidates bag 2,637 of 3,244 panchayats in Phase 1 polls: Minister Botsa

VIJAYAWADA: Municipal administration minister Botsa Satyanarayana has claimed that people have overwhelmingly supported YSR Congress government in the first phase of gram panchayat elections by electing candidates owing allegiance to YSRC for the posts of sarpanch and ward members.

Refuting claims of Chandrababu Naidu about Telugu Desam winning majority seats in the first phase, the minister ridiculed that it is only Naidu who can utter such plain lies. Satyanarayana declared that they are ready to prove their claim of winning 82 percent seats in the first phase elections.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, he asserted that YSRC supporters won 2,637 out of 3,244 panchayats in the first phase elections, followed by Telugu Desam nominees winning 508 and independents bagging 99 seats. The percentage of elected TD nominees is less than 15 percent, he maintained.

The minister accused Chandrababu Naidu of distorting facts, observing that Naidu was fudging numbers as he was unable to digest his party’s massive defeat. He asserted that people have reiterated their faith in Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government, who has kept public welfare on top of his agenda.

Giving district-wise breakup of Phase 1 results, the minister said in Srikakulam, of the total 321 seats, YSRC supporters bagged 264, TD 53 and others won 4. Of 344 seats in Visakhapatnam, 269 went to YSRC, 55 to TD and 20 to others. Of 362 in East Godavari, the numbers are YSRC 311, TD 44, and 7 others. Of 239 in West Godavari, YSRC got 170, TD 34 and others 35. Of 225 seats in Krishna, YSRC got 185, TD 37 and others 3. Of 337 seats in Guntur, YSRC got 264, TD 62 and others11. Of 227 in Prakasam, YSRC got 186, TD 35 and others 6. Of 164 in Nellore, YSRC got 133, TD 28 and others 3. Of 206 seats in Kadapa, YSRC got 179, TD 23 and others 4. Of 193 seats in Kurnool, YSRC got 159 and TD 34. Of total 169 seats in Anantapur, YSRC got 146, TD 21 and others 2 and of total 457 seats in Chittoor, YSRC got 371 seats, TD 82 and others 4.



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