ANDHRA PRADESH

Polling peaceful in Chittoor district

Staff Reporter

Galla Arunakumari and Roja accuse each other of influencing voters



Voters throng polling stations even after 5 p.m. in Kuppam segment

Several voters in Thamballapalle constituency cast votes after decades



TIRUPATI: Polling was relatively peaceful in Chittoor district with an 51.3 per cent. No untoward events or clashes were reported anywhere in the district, while sporadic incidents of minor skirmishes of little or no consequence took place.

Re-polling has been recommended in a polling station in Ravillavari Kandriga village in R.C. Puram mandal of Chandragiri constituency and another one at Shamsher Bahadurpet of Pichatur mandal in Satyavedu constituency, which may be held on Saturday.

Starting off on a brisk pace at 7 a.m., polling reached almost 30-35 p.c. by 10 a.m. With the mercury hovering around 41-42 degree Celsius, the polling stations appeared deserted by 12 noon, while it again picked up by 4 p.m.According to the Collector and District Electoral Officer, M. Ravichandra, the Tirupati SC Lok Sabha constituency recorded a thumping 75 per cent polling followed by Chittoor SC (71 p.c.) and Rajampet (69 p.c.)

Among the Assembly segments, the newly-carved out Puthalapattu SC constituency recorded a whopping 85 p.c. polling, followed by TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu’s Kuppam (83 p.c.), Nagari (78 p.c.) and Tirupati (65 p.c.). Gangadhara Nellore and Palamaner fared poorly and stood at the other end.

Clashes

Chandragiri constituency witnessed a few clashes with Minister for Medical Education Galla Arunakumari and Telugu Mahila chief R.K. Roja accusing each other of trying to influence voters.

A complaint to this effect was received from polling stations 56 and 57 in Pakala mandal.

Agitators smashed an EVM in PS No.251 in Nadavalur village of Ramachandrapuram mandal. In Piler constituency, a section of polling agents was reportedly chased away from P.S. No.5 and 6 in Cherlopally village of Gurramkonda mandal.

Car damaged

The former TDP legislator G.V. Srinatha Reddy’s car was reportedly damaged by Congress workers in Sadum mandal of Punganur segment.

Voters continued to throng polling stations even after 5 p.m. in Kuppam segment. Several voters boldly came out to vote in the backward Thamballapalle constituency, who announced to the media that they were coming out for the first time after decades to exercise their franchise without fear.

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