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Polling peaceful in Warangal

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Since early hours, long queues had been seen, indicating a high polling percentage but after two hours the crowds became thinner. After two hours, 9.5 per cent polling was recorded, at 11 am.

Polling for the Warangal Lok Sabha by-election held on Saturday went off peacefully. A total of about 65 per cent polling was registered — about 10 per cent less than that recorded in the last general elections.

Since early hours, long queues had been seen, indicating a high polling percentage but after two hours the crowds became thinner. After two hours, 9.5 per cent polling was recorded, at 11 am, it was 27.66 per cent and at 1 pm 44 per cent. By 3 pm, the polling was 56.81 per cent. However, the final figure was likely to be announced at 7 pm.

There had been tension among all political parties about the low voter turnout. However, they felt relieved after knowing that the turnout was over 60 per cent. The polling percentage registered in the constituency in the last general elections was 76.38 per cent.

In some tribal hamlets in the Wardhannapet Assembly segment, people refused to take part in polling demanding solutions to long-pending problems. However, they relented after district Collector Vakati Karuna assured them of solution. At DK Thanda in Thorrur mandal and Mangya Thanda in Parvatagiri mandal too, people initially boycotted polling protesting against lack of infrastructure such as roads and proper power supply. At Dharmasagar, MLC P Rajeshwar Reddy was stopped by the police when he tried to enter the Government Boys High School.

At Atmakur, TRS and Congress workers had a wordy duel as Parkal MLA Ch Dharma Reddy entered the polling station. Congress workers argued with police accusing them of favouring the MLA, which led to tension for a while. The electronic voting machines (EVMs) developed technical snag at Venkatapally in Parkal mandal, Teegaram in Palakurthy, Bhupalpally, Janakipuram and Ippaguda in Dharmasagar, Vatyala in Wardhannapet, Kancharapally in Raghunathpuram and Malkapur in Station Ghanpur causing delay in commencement of polling.

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