Andhra Octopus, as he used to be called, Lagadapati Rajagopal, saw some positive side for the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana Rastra Samithi in Telangana in the just-concluded elections. He said that people of Telangana have preferred ‘car’, the election symbol of the TRS, while the people of AP have preferred ‘cycle’ the symbol of TDP. In an attempt to give some fun to his prediction, to escape from the election commission’s ban on surveys, Lagadapati said that that the people of Telangana chose car for their travel as they have surplus budget, but the people of AP, due to revenue deficit, have preferred to use cycle for their travel for next five years.
While promising to release his survey report in Tirupati on Sunday evening, Lagadapati said that people of AP have voted for the developmental works to be continued. “There is no fear now. People are firm on continuing the on-going developmental works like Amaravati city and the Polavaram Project, besides others. The Amaravati city would be the world class city in the next five years,” he claimed.
Lagadapati began this psephology when he entered politics in 2004. Since then, his predictions were almost close to the actual results but for two times. The first time he failed was when he predicted the defeat of the YSR Congress in the by-elections in 2012. The second time his predictions went wrong was the 2018 general elections in Telangana. He predicted the defeat of TRS. With this prediction still afresh in the minds of the people, his predictions on AP results too did not go well, as it used to be in the past.
According to the initial indications, according to his survey, the TDP would retain its power in AP, having good lead both in the Assembly and in Parliament. In the neighbouring TRS, which had come to power in 2018 elections, is also winning good number of Parliament seats. At the national level, the BJP-led NDA will retain its power, with some fall in its majority compared to 2014 elections.