BJP won 10 wards in Warangal, where it performed better than Congress, which won just four wards. Though an insignificant number, BJP also won a ward for the first time in Khammam civic polls. Ironically, several BJP leaders, who had campaigned in Khammam, appealed to voters, saying they never won a seat in Khamama and BJP should be given a chance.
BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay and Union minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy had even gone on record saying that the TRS regime did not develop Khammam as it never gave poll results for the party and it was the Union government giving funds for Khammam Corporation. All parties, including the saffron party, did not bag more than 20 wards. It would a tough road ahead for BJP. “This time we are no better than Congress. Though we have emerged much stronger than Congress as the main rival for TRS, we will have to rethink our plan,” a top leader said.
With reports of internal fights among seniors coming to the fore, especially between those who have joined recently and the old guard, BJP had much to work on from now on. “There was lack of coordination too in the party. The hunger to win, which was evident in GHMC and Dubbak by-poll, was missing and no nationall leader too campaigned for the party,” another leader said. “We don’t have strong cadre in areas like Khammam, but this was an opportunity for us to capitalise and become strong, but we squandered it,” another senior leader said.