The large number of weddings scheduled for March 18 has become a cause of worry for political parties in Adilabad Assembly constituency where a by-election is slated to be held on the same day. This coincidence can cause a negative impact on voter turnout, which is likely to go against the interest of candidates.

March 18 is not only the last auspicious day of this year as per the Hindu calendar but is also a Sunday. An estimated 100 weddings in Jainad, Bela and Adilabad mandals in Adilabad constituency besides, some more in neighbouring Tamsi and Talamadugu mandals in Boath constituency were scheduled for this day.

Election managers are busy making arrangements for voters to exercise their franchise during the early or late hours of polling. This will facilitate voters to attend marriages, most of which are scheduled between 10.45 a.m. and 12 noon.

“We will surely manage to bring such voters to polling booths whose functions are not held far from their respective villages. We will be helpless if the voters are forced to attend weddings at distant places,” says a campaign manager of Telangana Rashtra Samiti.