Unprecedented security arrangements in view of naxal violence in neighbouring Chhattisgarh
KARIMNAGAR: The Legislative Council elections to elect members from the Karimnagar graduates, teachers and local authorities constituencies passed off peacefully in the district amid unprecedented security arrangements on Saturday.
Polling started on a low-key affair in urban and rural area polling stations with poor turnout by graduates and teachers. However, polling percentage was almost cent per cent from the local bodies constituencies in the district. Incidentally, Sircilla municipal ward member Tara Lavanya's vote was disqualified as she had three children. According to official sources, polling percentage was 67.26 from the graduates' constituency, 86.12 from teachers' constituency and 99.8 per cent from the local authorities constituency. Polling for the local authorities constituency was completed within hours as voters arrived directly from various camps to the polling stations to exercise their franchise.
In Karimnagar town, local legislator and former Minister M. Satyanarayana Rao arrived along with Congress and MIM corporators to the municipal office to cast his vote. In order to secure the support of each and every voter, the TDP leaders brought a TDP woman corporator of Karimnagar Municipal Corporation, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in Warangal, in an ambulance to the polling station in Karimnagar town to help her exercise her franchise.
71 p.c. polling
Nalgonda staff reporter adds: Nearly 71 per cent of eligible graduate voters and 88 per cent of teachers exercised their franchise. As the Telugu Desam stayed away from polling for the local bodies constituency, 86.7 per cent of people's representatives took part in the polling.
According to district Collector K. Vijayanand, who is the returning officer for the Nalgonda-Warangal-Khammam graduates and teachers' constituencies, polling went off peacefully. The police made elaborate arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents.
Of the 1,031 votes, only 894 members exercised their franchise for the local bodies constituency.
Some 4,123 teachers out of the total 4,661 and 32,758 graduates out of the total 46,203 registered voters voted, the Collector said.
Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, who was in Nalgonda at the time of polling in the afternoon, told reporters that there were no untoward incidents during the polling across the State.
He said that the Congress nominee Neti Vidyasagar would win the election with a thumping majority.
Adilabad staff reporter adds: Polling for Adilabad-Medak-Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts took place peacefully with enthusiasm among voters. Polling percentage registered for the local authorities constituency was 98, for graduates' constituency it was 67 and for the teachers' constituency it was 80.
There was some expectation in the air for local authorities constituency in the morning what with voters comprising mainly of Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) members were expected to arrive from respective `camps'.
They came in `blocks' in `special' vehicles for voting.
Unlike during regular elections, there were hardly any crowd near the polling stations or queues of voters in the booths.
Therefore the polling was considered to be a dull affair.
The total number of voters for the local authorities' constituency was 814, for graduates' constituency it was 19,576 and for the teachers' constituency it was 2,886.
There were 59 polling stations in the district.
Nizamabad staff reporter adds: Polling passed off peacefully. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the district. The polling, which began on a dull note, in 95 polling stations, picked up by afternoon. A considerable number of women voters exercised their franchise.
According to official information, nearly 99 per cent of voters cast their votes in the local bodies' constituency, while 75 per cent and 53 per cent in teachers and graduates constituencies, respectively. In the local bodies constituency, of the 687 votes, some 680 votes were polled, registering a poll percentage of 99.
The 14th and the 16th division Corporators, Akula Papaiah and Vanamala Krishna, abstained from voting in the town and Alimuddin, an MIM councillor, did not use his vote in Bodhan. At a polling station arranged at the Zilla Parishad for elected representatives, 110 persons cast their vote, against the total number of 112 voters.
In Bodhan division, of the total of 199 elected representatives, 71.73 per cent graduates and 92 per cent teachers used votes. In Kamareddy division, 99 per cent of public representatives, 82 per cent teachers and 47 graduates cast their votes by afternoon.
Minister for Rural Development D. Srinivas, Mayor D. Sanjay, Member of Parliament Madhu Goud Yaskhi and Zilla Parishad Chairperson Gadari Anitha cast their votes at the Zilla Parishad. District Collector I.S. Sri Naresh and his wife Sailaja used their vote at Nirmala Hridaya High School.
Election observer P. Krishnaiah, Mr. Sri Naresh, Joint Collector G. Ramnarayana Reddy and Superintendent of Police B.L. Sujatha Rao inspected the conduct of polling in the town, Yedapally, Bodhan, Varni and Kamareddy.
Sangareddy staff reporter adds: Council aspirants heaved a sigh of relief with voters turning out in good numbers in all three divisions of Medak district.
The percentage of votes polled in the local authorities constituency stood at 96 per cent, while teachers constituency followed it with 88 per cent and graduates constituency with 69 per cent. Polling concluded amid tight security without any untoward incident.
In Sangareddy, Municipal Chairperson B.Vijaya Lakhsmi's husband Ravi caused a flutter at the local Mandal Parishad office by accompanying her to the polling area and trying to help her cast her vote.
With the media noticing this and rushing for a snap, the polling officer objected his presence.
Similarly, the District Collector B.Venkatesam had to advise the Zilla Parishad Chairman M. Balaiah to leave the polling area in Sadashivpet town when the latter was found at the MPP office waiting in his vehicle.
Earlier, Mr Balaiah cast his vote at the MPP office in Sangareddy.
Later, speaking to reporters, the Collector said that only the blind and critically disabled would be allowed to bring an escort to the cabin, that too with the permission of the MPDO or MRO concerned.
In Siddipet and Medak divisions some voters had to return home without casting votes, as their names had been mispelt in the roll.
However the turnout of voters was encouraging in Ramachandrapuram and Patancheru areas with a large number of teachers and graduates gathering at the polling booths right from the morning.
CPI(M) backs TRS
In Patancheru, RC Puram and Sangareddy, CPI (M) activists, including its district secretary Chukka Ramulu, actively participated in support of TRS candidate for graduates constituency R. Satyanarayana.
However, the support of the TRS dissident legislator, T. Jayaprakash Reddy, and the Congress went for Komatireddy Mohan Reddy, a former Road Transport officer.
In Medak and Ramayampet, the Telugu Desam and Congress reportedly struck a deal to sabotage the chances of the TRS candidate.
Warangal staff reporter adds: Polling passed off peacefully amidst tight security. in the district At polling stations identified as sensitive in agency areas of the district, the police took extra precautions, particularly in the wake of naxal violence in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
By the end of the day, polling for the local bodies constituency was registered at 99 per cent, for graduates' constituency at 70 per cent and for teachers' constituency 80 per cent.
Mahabubnagar correspondent adds: Almost all the voters, except one, Bijvaram MPTC member of Utkoor mandal D. Venkanna, who belongs to CPI (New Democracy), utilised their voting right.