In a repeat of earlier instances, TRS paid dearly due to EC’s negligence in allotting Symbols for contesting independents. An unknown independent with Auto symbol in Nagarkurnool, Buddula Srinivas got 54680 in Nagarkurnool election. Most of these votes were intended for the TRS Car symbol. Due to close similarity, TRS candidate Manda Jagannadam lost these votes and got defeated by Congress candidate Nandi Yellaiah by over 16000 votes! This seat which was considered easy for TRS was lost giving a shock to observers. In fact, the independent got more votes than even the YSRCP candidate who got over 22985 votes.
This is not the first time this happened with TRS. Hope EC will be careful in future or otherwise the election becomes a mockery.