- Telangana has 119 assembly, 17 LS seats. Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad (north Telangana) are TRS strongholds.
- In south Telangana, Congress is strong. Includes Medak, Rangareddy, Greater Hyderabad (with 28 assembly and three LS seats), Mahboobnagar, Nalgonda.
- Khammam is a mixed bag. It was a Left stronghold. The Khammam LS seat held by Renuka Chowdhury goes to alliance partner CPI’s K. Narayana this time.
- Some of the prominent candidates in the fray include yesteryear heroines Jayasudha (Secunderabad assembly) and Vijayashanti, above (Medak assembly).
The Congress-Telangana Rashtra Samiti battle in Telangana is a bit like watching an Australia-India cricket match. The Congress has statistics on its side, a line-up of strong local leaders, ground-level cadre and the trump card of having delivered Telangana. The TRS, on the other hand, has passion, it’s a party which sustained the statehood call, its fiery leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) has the...