Dubbak by election is significant in several ways. While this is seen as a referendum for KCR’s second term, BJP has taken the by election prestigiously as it aims to be a major contender to the ruling TRS by pushing the Opposition Congress to the third spot.
Interestingly, Dubbak Assembly constituency has a geographical political significance. Geographically, Dubbak is surrounded by Gajwel Assembly Constituency (represented by none other than CM and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao), Siddipet Assembly Constituency (represented by Minister Harish Rao) and Sircilla Assembly Constituency (represented by Minister and TRS working president KT Rama Rao). This is why TRS’ defeat in the hands of BJP in Dubbak is of great significance.
BJP is of the belief that this defeat could spread to neighbouring constituencies of Dubbak. Already BJP MP Dharmapuri Arvind openly claimed that minister KTR would be defeated in Sircilla by BJP in the next general election.
Dubbak defeat is seen as the second big defeat to TRS after CM KCR’s daughter Kavitha was earlier defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha elections by BJP candidate Dharmapuri Arvind. While TRS had claimed to win the poll with a huge majority and minister Harish Rao took it prestigiously, BJP’s blow to TRS in Dubbak has more to say. Minister KTR, who conceded the defeat, stated that the party and its leaders would now be vigilant, it needs to be seen what is in store.