ANDHRA PRADESH

Co-op Bank polls on the anvil

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: The temple town does not seem to have any respite from the election fever. It is back again in the election mode with the Government announcing the elections due for long to the Tirupati Co-Op Bank.

The election is being held under extremely critical condition with rival groups locking their horns--the ruling group to stall it by pulling strings at Hyderabad so that it could drag on for some more time while the other group succeeding in securing the legal intervention to conduct the elections. Though the election notification was released a week ago and the election process on in full swing, there is in fact an air of uncertainty lingering over the elections with the ruling group still nursing hopes of miracles happening stalling the election. But the rival group is no mood to bother.

The result is that the campaign which initially began on a dull note is now moving into top gear with barely three days to go for the polling-- June, 17.

The fact that there are as many as 71 contestants for the post of 12 directors, more than reflects the nature of the contest. Though the election is supposed to be held on non-party basis, the two main rival partes-- Congress and the TDP jumping into the fray to set up their own panels. Not to be undone the Left and the Lok Satta also are trying their hands.



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