The MLC elections in Telangana are going to be held on Monday. For the six vacancies, seven candidates are competing for the posts.
The MLC elections under MLA quota, are resembling a war. Generally, the political parties do not give much importance to these elections, but it seems like, as the elections are taking place for the first time after the formation of the Telangana state, all the major parties are considering MLC elections as a prestige. Out of the available six vacancies, seven candidates are contesting. Out of which, five of them are from TRS party and the rest two positions are concentrated by TDP-BJP and Congress.
As the MLC elections are taking place through a secret ballot, there is only a chance of participation in the elections, but the parties do not get any opportunity to influence the MLAs to vote for a particular candidate.
The number of votes polled in the MLC elections, would decide the votes required for the victory of candidates. MIM party which consisted of 7 MLAs has already extended its support to the TRS party. Even, MP Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy declared the support from YSRCP party.
Strength of the Parties:
63 Direct MLA candidates from TRS + 2 candidates (who joined TRS from BSP) + 5 (TDP to TRS shifted candidates) + 4 (Congress to TRS shifted candidates) + 2 ( YSRCP to TRS shifted candidates) + 7 (MIM candidates supporting TRS) +1 (YSRCP MLA supporting TRS) +1 (Anglo Indian who was nominated as an MLA from TRS). On the whole there are 85 candidates who are supporting TRS.
17 direct MLAs + 1 independent MLA = 18
10 direct MLAs + 5 BJP MLAs supporting TDP.
The voters list was prepared with 120 candidates. The contestants who secures more than 18 votes would be declared as won, but this rule applies, only when all the 120 votes are polled. The rule would be different if the total votes are not polled. However, the situation would be known by the Monday evening.