Gajwel is one of the most important and influential assembly constituencies in Telangana, as it is the home turf of the state’s chief minister and the founder of the ruling party, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR. Gajwel is also a key constituency for the development and welfare of the state, as it has witnessed several flagship projects and schemes initiated by the KCR government.
Gajwel went to the polls in the first phase of the Telangana assembly elections on November 30, 2023. The results were declared on December 3, 2023. The constituency witnessed a one-sided contest between the incumbent MLA KCR from the BRS (Bharatiya Rashtriya Samithi) and the former cricketer and MP Mohammed Azharuddin from the INC (Indian National Congress). The other candidates in the fray were Lankala Deepak Reddy from the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), Mohammed Rashed Farazuddin from the AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen), and several independents.
According to the official data from the Election Commission of India, the voter turnout in Gajwel was 47.2%, which was lower than the state average of 51.4%. The total number of valid votes polled was 1,54,148. The results were as follows:
- KCR from the BRS won the seat with 68,979 votes, which was 44.30% of the total votes. He secured a majority of 16,004 votes over his nearest rival.
- Azharuddin from the INC came second with 52,975 votes, which was 34.02% of the total votes. He improved his party’s performance from the previous election, but failed to win the seat.
- Naveen Yadav V. from the Independent came third with 18,817 votes, 12.09% of the total votes. He was a former member of the AIMIM, who contested as an independent after being denied a ticket by his party.
- Ravula Sridhar Reddy from the BJP came fourth with 8,517 votes, which was 5.47% of the total votes. He was a former MLA from the TDP (Telugu Desam Party), who joined the BJP before the election.
- None of the Above (NOTA) option received 1,547 votes, which was 0.99% of the total votes.
The Gajwel election results 2023 showed that the BRS retained its stronghold in the constituency, despite the challenge from the INC and the independents. The BRS also emerged as the single largest party in the state, winning 75 out of 119 seats. The INC came second with 25 seats, followed by the AIMIM with 10 seats, and the BJP with 9 seats.
The Gajwel election results 2023 also reflected the popularity and influence of KCR, who is a former journalist and a businessman. He is also the founder and chairman of the BRS, which is a regional party that advocates for the development and welfare of Telangana. He is known for his work in the fields of irrigation, power, education, health, and agriculture.
The Gajwel election results 2023 also highlighted the role and impact of Azharuddin, who is a former captain of the Indian cricket team and a former MP from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. He is also the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. He joined the INC in 2009, and was given the ticket to contest from Gajwel in 2023. He campaigned extensively in the constituency, and attracted a lot of attention and support from the voters, especially the youth and the minorities.
The Gajwel election results 2023 also indicated the changing dynamics and trends in the constituency, which is a mix of urban and rural areas, and a diverse population of different communities and classes. The constituency witnessed a rise in the number of independent candidates, who challenged the established parties and candidates. The constituency also witnessed a decline in the voter turnout, which could be attributed to various factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of enthusiasm, and the dissatisfaction with the political system.
The Gajwel election results 2023 were a reflection of the political scenario and the public mood in Telangana, which is one of the youngest and fastest-growing states in India. The results also showed the importance and relevance of the regional parties and leaders, who have a strong hold and appeal in the state. The results also showed the potential and challenges of the national parties and leaders, who have to adapt and adjust to the local issues and aspirations.