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Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections: YSR Congress Party surges ahead of TDP in early trends

Exit polls have thrown up mixed predictions for the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party.

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Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections: Counting of votes for 175 Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh got underway. In early trends, the YSR Congress Party was leading in 67 seats, while the incumbent Telugu Desam Party was ahead in just 11 seats, the Election Commission said. The Jana Sena had a lead in one seat.

Voting for 2019 Lok Sabha election in Andhra Pradesh was held on April 11, concurrently with the Lok Sabha polls during the first phase of the General Elections. The 2019 Assembly elections are the first following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the leader of the Telugu Desam Party(TDP), is seeking to retain power. In the 2014 elections, Naidu had won 103 seats out of 294. However, due to bifurcation, only 88 seats were required for a majority.

The YSR Congress, the Jana Sena, the Congress, and the Bharatiya Janata Party are the other major parties in the fray.

Exit polls for the 2019 elections have shown mixed predictions for the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party. While it was expected before the April 11 polls that YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy would emerge the winner, exit polls have painted a close contest.

According to the India Today-Axis My India exit poll, YSR Congress Party is expected to win 119-135 seats while the Telugu Desam Party may be reduced to 39-51 seats. The poll has also predicted 1-3 seats for the Jana Sena.

According to polling agency VDP Associates, the YSR Congress Party may win 111-121 seats while the Telugu Desam Party may get 54-60 seats. A survey by local agency Aaraa has said that the YSR Congress Party will win 126 seats, and the incumbent Telugu Desam Party just 47.

However, INSS, another polling agency, has said that the Telugu Desam Party will win 118 seats and the YSR Congress Party just 52. The RG Flash Team, an agency headed by former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal said Naidu’s party will win 100 seats (+/-7) while the YSR Congress will be restricted to 72 seats (+/-7).

For Naidu, winning the state in both the General Elections and Assembly elections is important, in case Lok Sabha exit polls go wrong and the National Democratic Alliance is denied a majority.

Naidu has taken the lead in forming an alliance of Opposition parties at the national level over the last few weeks. The chief minister met his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy late on Tuesday. Naidu also met Kumaraswamy’s father and former Prime Minister HD Devegowda. On Saturday, Naidu held discussions with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

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