There was poor response to the Legislative Council elections in the Graduates constituency comprising Karimnagar, Adilabad, Medak and Nizamabad districts, with only 38.18 per cent registered.
This has been the lowest since 2007 when it was 64.30 per cent and 42.86 per cent in the Council by-elections of 2008. This caught the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) completely by surprise because it was sure that the ‘strong Telangana sentiment’ would ensure a good turnout of voters. It expected a record turnout of voters because of the Telangana sentiment and also because it fielded former TNGO leader K. Swami Goud, a man who was among those responsible for making the general strike in support of statehood a great success. TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao had also appealed to the electorate asking them to turn out in large numbers and vote for Mr. Goud.
Local aspirants disappointed
Several reasons are attributed to the low turnout of voters for the Graduates’ constituency elections. The fielding of a non-local candidate by TRS disappointed local aspirants, who worked hard to enrol voters earlier, but remained idle without even distributing the voters’ slips and guiding voter to the booths.
Even the TRS candidate Mr. Goud did not show any interest in motivating voters to come to the polling stations by distributing voter slips. He was upbeat because there appeared to be no opposition to his candidature with only 15 Independents remaining in the fray.
It was surprising that the employees abstained from voting in spite of their former leader contesting the elections. The low percentage of polling recorded in the Graduates’ constituency was attributed to the polling by the teaching community who actively participated in the election of Teachers constituency.
Record polling by teachers
On the other hand, there was record polling for the Karimnagar Teachers’ constituency with an average of 89 percentage polling.
The candidates ensured that the teachers visited the polling stations to cast their votes by distributing slips and guiding them properly.
38.18 per cent polling recorded in Graduates constituency and 89 per cent in Teachers constituency