ANDHRA PRADESH

City misses boisterous activity!

City Bureau

It was like any other day for many residents of the twin cities

Hyderabad: Who is winning? This perhaps was the most frequently asked question on Saturday, even as counting of votes commenced at different centres in the State capital in the morning.

As the future of contestants was being unveiled, people leisurely woke up to continuous reports on news channels and radio. The environs in twin cities were not as lively as they were during previous elections. Attribute it to the scorching heat or strict security measures imposed by police, the atmosphere was dull and devoid of the usual hustle-bustle.

Usual chores

It was just another day for many residents. While some were busy shopping, others attended marriages and other functions. Amidst all this, the questions remained - who is leading and who is trailing?

Questions turned into discussions and debates at cafeterias, bus stops, road side hotels and at homes too. Even as contestants, along with their supporters, kept their fingers crossed over their future, most city dwellers preferred to remain indoors and stay glued to their television sets.

“It seems like a race to the chair. The number of seats being displayed continuously on channels is like watching a live cricket match that would keep us fixed to television,” said K. Sudharshan Rao, a businessman at Troop Bazaar.

Counting centres wore a deserted look except for a few policemen posted there along with polling agents and shutterbugs.

But they did not spare the discussions either and were continuously enquiring about the prospects of political parties.

Some of them called up their friends and family members, asking them about winning candidate of their respective native places.

Many residents appreciated police efforts in ensuring smooth conduct of counting at various centres.

Police restricted entry of general public near counting centres by placing barricades and allowed election officials, polling agents and contestants only after checking them thoroughly.

Security measures

“Elaborate security arrangements really paid off. Residential areas have been free from boisterous political activities,” observed P. Madhusudhan Reddy, a resident of Saroornagar.

Police claimed that counting process passed off peacefully. Counting was held at L.B. Indoor Stadium and Nizam College at Basheerbagh, Kotla Vijaya Bhasker Reddy Stadium, Yousufguda, Kamala Nehru Polytechnic College for Women at Exhibition Grounds, Sankethika Vidya Bhavan, Masab Tank, Wesley Degree College, Secunderabad, Reddy Women’s College, Narayanguda, Victoria Memorial Home and Indoor Stadium both in Saroornagar and Osmania University to name a few.

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