YSR Congress established its hold in the first phase of cooperative elections in Kadapa district with its sympathisers bagging 12 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), followed by Congress backed candidates in seven and the TDP three societies.
Polling was peaceful in the 18 PACS which went to polls on Thursday, except an altercation in Yerragudipadu PACS in Kamalapuram mandal, wherein a YSRC activist Pratap Reddy was arrested on a complaint by Congressmen that he assaulted them. In all, 30,376 voters participated in the elections to elect 165 members of 18 PACS. Counting began soon after completion of polling and results of 16 PACS were declared by evening. Though the elections were not held on party basis, the Congress, YSRC and TDP fought them prestigiously.
Out of the 16 societies for which results were declared, the Congress bagged seven PACS, YSRC six and the TDP one. However, the YSRC had already six PACS unanimously and one went to Congress in societies decided unanimously. The Congress made a clean sweep winning all the 13 directorships each in Alamkhanpalle PACS in Kadapa mandal, Raghavarajapuram in Railway Kodur mandal but drew a blank in Mydukur, Duvvur and Chemullapalle PACS.
YSRC failed to open its account in Peddacheppali in Kamalapuram mandal and both YSRC and Telugu Desam Party drew a blank in Alamkhanpalle in Kadapa mandal and Raghavarajapuram in Railway Kodur mandal. The TDP fared well in Chemullapalle PACS in Khajipet mandal by winning 12 of the 13 director posts and winning eight of the 13 directorships in Tsadipiralla in Kamalapuram mandal. The TDP could open its account only in nine of the 18 PACS .
Elections to 76 of the 77 PACS in Kadapa district were notified, including 39 in the first phase today and 38 in the second phase on Monday, February 4. Seven PACS were decided unanimously in the first phase and polls to one society was stayed by court and 13 others by the government.
Anantapur Staff Reporter adds: Candidates supported by the YSR Congress party won close to half of the PACS that went to polls in the Anantapur district.
Thursday’s election for 50 PACS saw the YSRC, at last count, bagging 23 of them while the Congress won 13 and the TDP 10. Result for the remaining four was undecided as the candidates polled almost equal votes. A result is expected on Friday.
Meanwhile, the election to the Gandlapenta PACS was cancelled on account of misplaced ballot papers. With the ballot papers having to be replaced, the election officer postpone the elections, apparently to the second round to be held on Monday, February 4.
Support for Congress
Kurnool Special Correspondent adds: The cooperative elections to 42 societies passed off peacefully in Kurnool district. In the first phase, elections were scheduled for 54 societies. But the election to one society was put off and 11 bodies were elected unanimously necessitating contest only for 42.
According to reports, 88 per cent of voters exercised their franchise. As against a total electorate of 1.04 lakh, 90,230 exercised their franchise. In all, 424 directors were elected in Thursday’s election. About 1,325 contestants were in the fray. The second phase of election would be held on Monday for 27 societies and 338 directors. Election of six societies was put off and 12 were declared unanimous election.
According to the trends, Congress was likely to win 18 societies, YSRCP 10, TDP five and result in 10 societies was not declared yet.
The Congress won majority of societies in Dhone, Kodumur and other places while YSR Congress won in Yemmiganur, Koilkuntla and TDP in Aluru.
Congressmen successful 18 PACs in Nellore
Nellore Staff Reporter adds: The Congress backed candidates won in 18 PACS even as the TDP and YSR Congress bagged two each as counting of votes polled in 22 of the 31 PACs in Potti Sriramulu Nellore district were taken up on Thursday.
The counting from far away 9 PACs would be taken up on Friday, said District Cooperation Officer Seelam Subba Rao said.
The ruling party got a boost as partymen won from 15 of the 19 PACS where the candidates were elected unopposed taking the number of PACs in its kitty to 33.