Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, 2009

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Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2009
← 2004 16 April 2009, 23 April 2009 2014 →

All 294 Assembly Constituencies
Turnout 72.64%[1]
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  YSR.jpg N. Chandrababu Naidu.jpg Chiranjeevi.JPG
Leader Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy N. Chandrababu Naidu Chiranjeevi
Party INC TDP PRP
Alliance UPA TF
Leader since 1994 1995 2008
Leader's seat Pulivendula Kuppam Tirupati (city)
Last election 2004 2004 -
Seats before 185 47 0
Seats won 156 92 18
Seat change -29 +45 +18
Percentage 36.56% 28.12% 17%
Swing -2.00%[2] -9.47%[2] n/a (new party)

Andhra Pradesh locator map (1956-2014).svg
Andhra Pradesh District Map

CM before election

Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy
INC

CM-elect

Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Konijeti Rosaiah
Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy
INC

The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election of 2009 took place in April 2009, concurrently with the Indian general election, 2009. 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.

Previous Assembly[edit]

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.[3] As the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was invited to form the Government by Governor S.S. Barnala.[4]

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.[5]

Background[edit]

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".[6]

However, after the elections in Andhra Pradesh were completed, but before the counting of votes, TRS switched allegiance to the NDA.[7]

Schedule of election[edit]

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[5]
Location of Andhra Pradeshin India

Results[edit]

Government formation[edit]

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.[8]

The incumbent Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was sworn in for a second term on 20 May 2009.[9] His council of 35 ministers were sworn in by Governor N.D. Tiwari a few days later on 25 May 2009.[10]

Number of seats[edit]

Party Flag Seats Won Seats Change Popular Vote Vote Share Swing
Indian National Congress Flag of the Indian National Congress.svg 156 -29 15,374,075 36.56% -2.00%
Telugu Desam Party TDPFlag.PNG 92 +45 11,826,483 28.12% -9.47%
Praja Rajyam Party 18 +18 6,820,845 16.22% +16.22%
Telangana Rashtra Samithi TRS Flag.svg 10 -16 1,678,906 3.99% -2.69%
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen 7 +3 349,896 0.83% -0.22%
Communist Party of India CPI-banner.svg 4 -2 552,259 1.31% -0.22%
Independent 3 -8 1,922,258 4.57% -2.00%
Bharatiya Janata Party 2 +0 1,192,898 2.84% +0.21%
Lok Satta Party 1 +1 757,042 1.80% +1.80%
Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI-M-flag.svg 1 -8 567,220 1.35% -0.49%
Source: Election Commission of India [1] [2]

Number of candidates[edit]

Party Type Code Party Name Number of
candidates
Total
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 -
Other States
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
SHS Shiv Sena 4
SP Samajwadi Party 17
Unrecognised or
Unregistered Parties
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
MANP Mana Party 4
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
RDHP Rajyadhikara Party 15
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
SAP Samata Party 4
SJP(R) Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) 1
TPPP 84
UWF United Women Front 1
Independents n/a Independents 1406 1406
Total: 3655
Source: Election Commission of India[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistical Report on General Election, 2009 to The Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh" (PDF). election Commission of India. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Key Highlights of State Election of Andhra Pradesh, 2004" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  3. ^ Kumar, S. Nagesh (12 May 2004). "Congress storms back to power in Andhra Pradesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Governor invites YSR to form Government". The Hindu. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b "General Elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Sikkim" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 2 March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Grand alliance a morale booster: CPI". The Hindu. 4 Feb 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  7. ^ Pandher, Sarabjit (11 May 2009). "TRS joins NDA". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  8. ^ Sukumar, C.R. (17 May 2009). "Rajasekhara Reddy credits his party’s success to Singh, Gandhi". Livemint. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  9. ^ Correspondent, Special (21 May 2009). "YSR sworn in A.P. Chief Minister". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  10. ^ Correspondent, Special (26 May 2009). "35 Ministers inducted into YSR’s Cabinet". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-07.