While election results and the TV panel debates they trigger are entertainment enough for the average viewer, Telugu news channels notched it up higher on Tuesday with their creative cartoons.
As K Chandrashekar Reddy's TRS took early leads, the party leader and current Chief Minister transformed into Baahubali, the all-powerful hero from the fantasy films made by SS Rajamouli. His face was ably morphed into the helmet and shield worn by Prabhas in the film. The credit for this creative representation goes to HMTV.
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Once the final numbers began rolling in on Tuesday morning, various channels took the visuals to the next level as they portrayed several hilarious caricatures of the major players.
Sakshi TV had a cartoon of a jubilant KCR driving along in a car which bumps into a cycle. And who's on the cycle? Three people - TJSâ€™s Kodandaram, Congressâ€™s Uttam Kumar Reddy and Andhra Pradeshâ€™s Chandrababu Naidu who supported Uttam. The three are unceremoniously tossed off the cycle and land near a pile of garbage. Ouch!
Several other channels showed caricatures of KCR and company dancing. One clip on Sakshi showed the trio of KCR, his son KTR, and his nephew Harish Rao shaking a leg.
KCR contested from his constituency of Gajwel, while KTR stood as a contestant from Sircilla, another TRS stronghold. Harish Rao, who is the incumbent Minister for Irrigation, Marketing, Legislative Affairs, and KCRâ€™s nephew, contested from the Siddipet constituency. All three constituencies have been major wins for the TRS.
An excited Nayini Narsimha Reddy can be seen joining in on the celebrations on the far right. Reddy was the first home minister of Telangana state after the bifurcation of a united Andhra Pradesh.