At the end of the day, Telangana Rashtra Samiti may be standing on pole position after the counting of votes in the cash-rich Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election, but in fact it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that is really celebrating.

Sample this. In the 2016 polls, the TRS had won 99 of the 150 seats and created a history of sorts, while the AIMIM had 44 seats. The BJP had just 4 seats then.

In 2020, the TRS has lost 44 seats winning on 55 seats while AIMIM retained the 44 seats it won in 2016. The major gainer was the BJP which gained 48 seats. 

The Congress party's dismal performance in elections continued as the party won just 2 seats out of 150.

BJP President JP Nadda hailed the party's impressive show at the GHMC elections. Taking to Twitter, Nadda said the "historic verdict shows that people of the country supports only & only development agenda. This result reflects people's unequivocal support to PM Modi's development & governance model."

Home Minister Amit Shah hailed the BJP's impressive performance in the GHMC elections in Hyderabad. Taking to Twitter, he expressed gratitude to the voters who 'reposed faith in PM Modi-led BJP’s Politics of Development.'

Meanwhile, there's palpable disappointment in the TRS camp.

Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao said the party was expecting to win more seats. He said, "I thank people of Hyderabad who chose TRS as the single largest party to represent them in Council. Result is certainly not what we expected, we're short of 20-25 seats. We lost about 10-12 divisions with extremely narrow margin"

Reacting to the election result, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi said: "We have won on 44 seats in Hyderabad GHMC elections. I have spoken to all newly elected corporators and asked them to begin their work from tomorrow itself. We will fight the BJP in a democratic way. We are confident that people of Telangana will stop BJP from expanding its footprints in the state."