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HYDERABAD: There was low voter turnout in Hyderabad’s high-stakes civic elections on Tuesday, with 35.80 percent of voters exercising their right to vote until 5 p.m., when the BJP criticized the ruling TRS for the low voting percentage.
The vote, which began at 7 a.m. and concluded at 6 p.m., proceeded peacefully without any major incident, a police officer said.
The final percentage of the survey will be released after compilation and according to procedures, official sources said.
The Telangana State Elections Commission (SEC) ordered a re-vote in all 69 polling stations in the 26th district after the CPM symbol was found to be printed on the ballot instead of CPI, according to an official statement.
The survey would take place on December 3 from 7 am to 6 pm in the 69 polling stations.
The CPI complained to the electoral authorities about this.
In view of the repetition, the publication, broadcast and television broadcast of the exit polls on the GHMC elections is prohibited until 6 p.m. on Dec. 3, the SEC said.
Union State Minister for Home G Kishan Reddy, TRS Acting Chairman and State Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao, AIMIM Chairman Asaduddin Owaisi, actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, were among the prominent personalities who voted.
Up to 74.44 lakh voters were supposed to exercise their right to vote.
The total number of contestant candidates is 1,122 and the main contestants are TRS, the BJP opposition and Congress.
The State Elections Commission also made special arrangements in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and allowed Covid-19 patients to physically vote at polling stations or use the postal ballot.
In case the Covid patients did not use postal ballots, the voting panel allowed them to cast their vote during the last hour, from 5 pm to 6 pm However, Covid-19 positive voters – must wear a mask, protector facial and hand gloves, he said.
Critically criticizing the ruling TRS, Union Minister and BJP leader G Kishan Reddy argued that the TRS government should “bow its head in shame” at the low percentage of votes.
The TRS used the State Elections Commission for its “selfish policy” and indulged in abuse of power, it alleged.
Noting that there was time until February to hold the elections, Reddy said that the election could have been held in an attempt to promote people’s conscience, making effective arrangements for the elections and allowing adequate time for government personnel.
The state government and the SEC knew that the number of polling places would increase under Covid-19 guidelines and that voters would be divided among several polling places, but the government hastily decided to conduct the polls out of fear of losing, he claimed. .
Although the state government knew there are holidays in a row before Election Day, it still chose to hold the elections as it sought to reduce the percentage of voting, it alleged.
The civic body’s poll saw a high-octane campaign with several top BJP leaders, including Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, party head JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, ministers from the Prakash Javadekar Union, Smriti Irani, the party’s MP and the BJYM National Chairman, Tejaswi. Surya participating in it.
The TRS campaign was led by its acting chairman and state municipal administration minister, KT Rama Rao, while the party chairman and chief minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, addressed a public meeting.
During the campaign, BJP state chairman and deputy Bandi Sanjay Kumar found himself in line following his comments that his party would be ready, if necessary, to carry out a “surgical strike” in the old city to fire the Rohingya. and Pakistanis.
AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi came under fire from his opponents for his reported comments on whether the ” samadhis ” of former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao and TDP NT founder Rama Rao, built on the shore of Lake Hussain Sagar, would be removed while questioning eviction. Driving against “poor people” who live near bodies of water.

Times of India

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