On the question of who he would support at the Centre in the next election, Jagan always held that he would back whoever promises the special category status to AP, a promise reneged on by the BJP
in the past and revived by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Though Jagan recently said he had no hard feelings towards the Congress when it came to the question of supporting it in exchange of special category status, the exit poll outcome must be music to his ears as he did not have to take a stand and simply maintain a working relationship with the Centre.
On the other hand, KCR's political plans, which were mostly centered on a hung Assembly, will go awry if the May 23 counting produces the same results as the exit poll results. He wanted to find a national role for himself by being in the central government and transfer power in the state to his son and party working president K T Rama Rao. Rao had sought for an early Assembly election to execute these political plans. The predictions come short of TRS's own expectations as he wanted to bag all the 16 seats, leaving one seat to his political ally and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.