The bye-election to the Nandyal Assembly seat had set off a bitter and ugly confrontation between CM Naidu and Jagan.
The TDP's debutant candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy (33) defeated the seasoned Silpa Mohan Reddy (54) by a margin of 28,000 votes. He walked out of the counting hall as TDP was leading in every round.
According to sources close to Mr Reddy, Mr Kishor's team had predicted a 6,000-vote victory for YSRC candidate Shilpa Mohan Reddy over TD candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy.
Speaking to mediapersons after the poll verdict was out, YSRC chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy thanked the people for casting their vote in spite of overwhelming "suppression" by the ruling party, which misused its power, and distributed Rs 200 crore cash and threatened voters that welfare benefits would be stopped to them if they did not vote for the ruling party. There is much anxiety about the Nandyal election results among the party members.
Many media channels are conducting live programs with the party members to review the Nandyal election results. The government polytechnic college in the norms is counting in 19 rounds of 14 tables. Even the Kakinada civic election would be one-sided, Mr Ganesh Kumar who was working for the party there said. Nandyal people know Jagan's reality and gave him a befitting reply, said Naidu.