It is not an exaggeration to call Chief Electoral Officer I.V. Subba Rao, DGP A.K. Mohanty real heroes of general elections in our State. Their efforts paid rich dividends in conducting free and fair elections. Due to their strategic planning, poll violence was at the minimum and influence of liquor and money was reduced. Their efforts resulted in closing of thousands of belt shops across the State, and Rs. 36 crores of illegal money was seized. Consequently, huge turnout of voting was witnessed in the State in spite of heat. Kudos to them, and up and coming officials should emulate them.

Y. Pratap Reddy


Seek seer’s advice

In view of reports that cracks and scars have developed on the sacred divine idol of Simhachala Sree Varahalakshmi Narasimhaswami, let not hasty conclusions be arrived at. The State government should request the Centre in getting proper advice on a delicate and sensitive matter affecting the faith of millions of people. The acharyas like Swami Sankaracharya should be requested to look into the matter for their valuable advice. Let there be no loose talk from any quarter without ascertaining advice of experts concerned.

Sujatha Naga Raja Rao K


Highest voter turnout

Andhra Pradesh recorded 68 per cent voter turnout, according to Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao. While the State capital recorded the lowest poll percentage (54), the highest (75) was recorded in Medak. Huge voter turnout, more particularly of women voters, is an interesting aspect in these elections. As voters have remained secretive, the political leaders are puzzled and spending sleepless nights awaiting the results. The voter should have taught a bitter lesson to the political parties and leaders who eluded them after elections. The ruling Congress and the four-party Grand Alliance led by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are locked in a neck and neck battle in polls. The Praja Rajyam Party is the third major political force.

G. Gajendra Rao


Heat wave

Reports of death of several people due to heat wave conditions prevailing in the State are a matter of concern to every one, but this lame-duck government seems to be doing precious little to provide relief to people by way of organising ‘chalivendrams’ or organising medical camps to provide advice. It is left to the non-governmental organisations and public spirited individuals to do their bit in this regard. It has become a practice for the authorities to deny deaths due to heave wave, but it is high time they admitted the fact and did something to ameliorate the condition of the poor.

M.A.V. Arun Kumar

Muggulla West Godavari district