tdp insiders admit the long-term political implications of the defeat—the tdp won just nine of the 22 zilla parishads—can't be ignored. The impressive showing by the fledgling Telengana Rashtra Samithi (trs) and the ground recovered by the Congress is seen as a pointer to the fact that Naidu is slipping and that his government doesn't enjoy the confidence it did two years ago.
"The results fall short of our expectations," admits Naidu. At the same time, he accuses the Congress and trs of misguiding the people by promising the impossible, like free power, unlimited employment and irrigation, besides promising a separate state of Telengana. The last was the key plank of the trs although the Congress was opposed to the creation of a new state. But in the post-poll scenario, the trs and Congress have come together and will share power.