ANDHRA PRADESH

Dalits, STs vote for first time

HYDERABAD: Thanks to the strict enforcement of law by the electoral and police officials, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes in 49 villages in Chittoor district exercised their franchise for the first time since Independence onThursday.

Disclosing this to reporters here, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) I.V. Subba Rao quoted a report sent by Chittoor Collector in this regard. Five villages- Kalicherla, Patooru, Siddavaram, Kothkaadapalli and Paapepalli, under Chandragiri Assembly segment were among those in which Dalits and STs exercised franchise for the first time.

In another incident at Koratamadi village in Nandyal Parliamentary constituency, the CEO intervened and ensured that Dalits, STs and other Weaker sections cast their votes following a complaint that they were being prevented from doing so.

Following yet another complaint to the electoral authorities, police arrested some persons and booked cases against them for assaulting and preventing 400 Dalits from voting at Thundur in Bhimavaram constituency.

The CEO said that a similar case was also reported from Kadapa district.

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