2009 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election
All 294 Assembly Constituencies
Andhra Pradesh District Map
The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election of 2009 took place in April 2009, concurrently with the 2009 Indian general election. The elections were held in the state in the first phase (2009-04-16) and second phase (2009-04-23). The results were declared on 2009-05-16. The incumbent Indian National Congress retained power in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly lower house, though with a reduced majority. The Congress Legislature party re-elected incumbent Chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as its leader thus re-nominating him to the post. Thus, becoming the first politician to serve as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in successive terms.
In the 2004 Andhra Pradesh Assembly election, the Congress had swept the state, winning 185 of the 294 seats in the Assembly. The Congress' pre-poll alliance partners Left Front and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) also did well, winning 15 and 26 seats respectively, taking the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) tally to 226. As the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was invited to form the Government by Governor S.S. Barnala.
As expected, the Government lasted the full term of 5 years and the tenure of the Legislative Assembly was due to expire on 30 May 2009. The Election Commission of India (ECI) decided to hold the Assembly elections along with the general election. The election in each Assembly constituency (AC) was held in the same phase as the election to the corresponding Parliamentary constituency that the AC falls under.
After the 2008 Lok Sabha vote of confidence, the Left Front withdrew support to the Congress in the state as well. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and TRS then joined the Left as part of the national Third Front. In Andhra Pradesh, this alliance called themselves the "Grand Alliance" against what they called the "corrupt Congress" and "communal BJP".
Schedule of election
|Poll Event||Phase 1||Phase 2|
|Announcement & Issue of Press Note||Monday, 02 Mar 2009|
|Issue of Notification||Monday, 23 Mar 2009||Saturday, 28 Mar 2009|
|Last Date for filing Nominations||Monday, 30 Mar 2009||Saturday, 04 Apr 2009|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009||Monday, 06 Apr 2009|
|Last date for withdrawal of Candidature||Thursday, 02 Apr 2009||Wednesday, 08 Apr 2009|
|Date of Poll||Thursday, 16 Apr 2009||Thursday, 23 Apr 2009|
|Counting of Votes on||Saturday, 16 May 2009|
|Date of election being completed||Thursday, 28 May 2009|
|Constituencies Polling on this day||154||140|
|Source: Election Commission of India|
Despite losing their alliance partner after voting and fighting anti-incumbency in the state, Congress managed to get majority in the 294-member Assembly with 157 seats. Analysis of the results showed that the split of the anti-Congress votes between the Grand Alliance and actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi's newly formed Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) helped increase the Congress overall seat count.
The incumbent Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was sworn in for a second term on 20 May 2009. His council of 35 ministers were sworn in by Governor N.D. Tiwari a few days later on 25 May 2009.
Number of seats
|Party||Flag||Seats contested||Seats Won||Seats Change||Popular Vote||Vote Share||Swing|
|Indian National Congress||294||156||-29||15,374,075||36.56%||-2.00%|
|Telugu Desam Party||225||92||+45||11,826,483||28.12%||-9.47%|
|Praja Rajyam Party||288||18||+18||6,820,845||16.22%||+16.22%|
|Telangana Rashtra Samithi||45||10||-16||1,678,906||3.99%||-2.69%|
|All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen||8||7||+3||349,896||0.83%||-0.22%|
|Communist Party of India||14||4||-2||552,259||1.31%||-0.22%|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||271||2||+0||1,192,898||2.84%||+0.21%|
|Lok Satta Party||246||1||+1||757,042||1.80%||+1.80%|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||18||1||-8||567,220||1.35%||-0.49%|
Number of candidates
|Party Type||Code||Party Name||Number of
|National Parties||BJP||Bharatiya Janata Party||271||1140|
|BSP||Bahujan Samaj Party||270|
|CPI||Communist Party of India||15|
|CPM||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||18|
|INC||Indian National Congress||294|
|RJD||Rashtriya Janata Dal||26|
|LSP||Lok Satta Party||246|
|State Parties||AIMIM||All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen||8||283|
|TDP||Telugu Desam Party||230|
|TRS||Telangana Rashtra Samithi||45|
|State Parties -
|AIFB||All India Forward Bloc||1||40|
|JD(S)||Janata Dal (Secular)||2|
|JD(U)||Janata Dal (United)||13|
|MUL||Muslim League Kerala State Committee||2|
|RSP||Revolutionary Socialist Party||1|
|ABJS||Akhil Bharatiya Jan Sangh||2||1037|
|AJBP||Ajeya Bharat Party||6|
|ANC||Ambedkar National Congress||7|
|APNPP||Andhra Pradesh Navodaya Praja Party||1|
|BCUF||B. C. United Front||11|
|BHSASP||Bharatheeya Sadharma Samsthapana Party||41|
|BJSH||Bharatiya Janshakti Party||6|
|BSP(AP)||Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar-Phule)||12|
|BSSP||Bharatiya Sadbhawna Samaj Party||6|
|CPI(ML)(L)||Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation||17|
|DABAP||Dalita Bahujana Party||3|
|GRIP||Great India Party||5|
|IJP||Indian Justice Party||2|
|JMBP||Jai Maha Bharath Party||3|
|KKJHS||Kranti Kari Jai Hind Sena||1|
|MBT||Majlis Bachao Tehreek||2|
|MCPI(S)||Marxist Communist Party of India (S.S. Srivastava)||16|
|PBHP||Praja Bharath Party||1|
|PCP||Praja chaithanya Party||11|
|PPOI||Pyramid Party of India||185|
|PRAP||Praja Rajyam Party||288|
|PRSHP||Praja Shanthi Party||11|
|RKSP||Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi Party||24|
|RPC(S)||Rashtriya Praja Congress (Secular)||2|
|RPI||Republican Party of India||5|
|RPI(A)||Republican Party of India (Athvale)||11|
|RPI(KH)||Republican Party of India (Khobragade)||2|
|RRS||Rayalaseema Rashtra Samithi||1|
|SJP(R)||Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)||1|
|UWF||United Women Front||1|
|Source: Election Commission of India|
- State Assembly elections in India, 2009
- Indian general election in Andhra Pradesh, 2009
- List of constituencies of the Assembly of Andhra Pradesh
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