Special Correspondent

Srikakulam: The pattern of results of the third and final phase of elections to local bodies held in Palakonda division on Saturday was the same as the first and second phases. While Congress-supported candidates won a majority of seats, the Telugu Desam Party has substantially improved its tally.

There are 381 panchayats in the division and in 90 panchayats the choice was unanimous.


Elections were postponed in five panchayats. In the remaining panchayats, Congress-supported candidates were winners (including unanimous choice) in 224 panchayats as against 134 won by TDP-supported candidates.

The total number of panchayats for which elections were held was 1093. Congress-supported candidates were 615 and TDP-supported candicates 445. The remaining went to others.

TDP leaders said they had improved their performance when compared to elections to mandal parishads and zilla parishads.