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GMHC Poll Updates: Poll in progress on 150 seats; Owaisi, KT Rama Rao cast their vows – telangana

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Voting for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GMHC) began at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will continue until 6 p.m. More than 7.4 million people are exercising their franchise in the fifth largest metropolitan area in India. Up to 1,122 candidates are in the fray of 150 electoral districts.

The scrutiny will take place on December 4 and the results will be announced in the afternoon. This year’s election will witness voting through the paper ballot system instead of electronic voting machines (EVM).

On Tuesday morning, people were seen lined up at various polls to cast their votes. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy voted at the Deeksha Modern School in Kachiguda.

Meanwhile, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) head Asaduddin Owaisi cast his vote at St Faiz High School in Hyderabad, which is among several designated polling places this year. Telangana minister and TRS leader KT Rama Rao was also seen exercising his right to vote.

Other senior officials who voted are Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjannar, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, Telangana Chief Justice Rajendra Singh Chowhan, and many others.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) in India, polling stations have been cleaned up and areas inside and outside the polls have been marked to ensure social distancing. Voters are required to disinfect their hands and wear face masks / coverings before casting their vote, as well as maintaining social distancing while standing in line.

The parties fighting for victory at the municipal polls are the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), AIMIM, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Congress Party. But, the direct contest is between TRS, BJP and AIMIM.

TRS won in 2015 as it secured 99 seats out of a total of 150. The AIMIM that was in alliance with TRS won 44 seats and the BJP-TDP alliance won 5 seats. Congress was only able to get 2 seats.

Star activists for 2020 have been Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, Asaduddin Owaisi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, KT Rama Rao, among many others.

Interior Minister Amit Shah, who previously held an hour-long road show at Warasiguda in Secunderabad, said on Nov. 29 that Hyderabad was an integral part of the country, adding that the capital city of Telangana would ditch the Nizam culture if The BJP wins. Shah also stressed that the mayor of Hyderabad would also be from the BJP.

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