Going by the vote count trends at 3 pm, which clearly suggested a huge rout for Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu conceded election defeat in the state and congratulated his opposite number K Chandrasekhar Rao on his impending victory.
The Andhra Pradesh CM, who forged an pre-poll alliance with Congress and other parties to fight the battle in the newest state of the country, wrote his congratulatory message to KCR on Twitter, which read, "Congratulating KCR garu for winning the Assembly elections in Telangana."
KCR's party was leading in 88 seats in the state of Telangana in the afternoon, miles ahead of the Maha Kutami (Congress + TDP + TJS + CPI) which were only ahead in 21 seats in the 119-seat assembly.
The counting of votes started at 8 am on December 11, and initial trends had suggested a close contest between TRS and Maha Kutami. But in the couple of hours following that, KCR's party took the lead, and never looked back.
In the aftermath of the early trends, it became increasingly evident that Maha Kutami stared at a defeat. And the TDP accepted the verdict while calling for an introspection into the performance of their alliance.
"We have to analyse the factors that contributed to the success of TRS and failure of our alliance. We were expecting to get more number of seats. The results are not to our expectations," said Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, senior leader of TDP.
His party's performance, according to the recent trends, was even better than what was predicted in the exit polls. In the poll of polls, a combination of five different polls, TRS were projected to win 65 seats, whereas the Maha Kutami were projected to win 41 seats.