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Violence mars cooperative polls

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Clashes among Congress, Telugu Desam and YSR Congress supporters marred the elections to 955 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) in the State in the first of the two phases on Thursday.

The election could not be held for the Gandlapenta PACS in Anantapur district due to difference in the symbols of contesting candidates on ballot paper. In all, as many as 1,439 societies were notified for election but 397 of them were returned unanimous and, in the process, won an incentive of Rs. two lakh each from the government. The election was stayed by the Government in 83 societies apprehending law and order problem and Court stayed polls in 3 societies.

The YSR Congress complained to election authorities that Infrastructure and Investment Minister Ghanta Srinivas Rao had unauthorisedly entered polling stations in Visakhapatnam district.

There were clashes between Congress and TDP supporters near four polling stations in the politically sensitive Narsaraopet of Guntur district. Tension was particularly high at Ikkuru village where voters owing allegiance to the TDP were reportedly not allowed to vote by their Congress rivals. The polling agents of TDP were also driven out of the polling stations by Congress and YSR Congress supporters at Uppalapadu.

The YSR Congress foiled a bid by the Congress to kidnap one of its supporter T. Padma at Dangedu village in Warangal district. Two persons were injured in a clash between the Congress and TDP at Tambapur village of Battulapalli mandal in Anantapur district. Clashes also occurred at Jaggampet in East Godavari, Avulanna and Tambapur of Anantapur, Cheemakurthi of Prakasam and Dachepalli of Guntur district.


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