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After Controversial Campaign, Hyderabad Votes In Local Body Polls


Hyderabad Civic Polls: Practically 50,000 police personnel are on obligation.

Hyderabad:

After greater than per week of intense and vitriolic marketing campaign, over 74 lakh eligible voters are set to participate at this time within the elections to the Larger Hyderabad Municipal Company or GHMC. Polling started at 7 AM.

The civic physique election is a high-stakes battle for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the BJP, which is attempting to make inroads, and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM. 

This has been probably the most fiercely and bitterly fought municipal elections ever in Hyderabad with a high-octane marketing campaign by the BJP that flew in nationwide leaders – like Amit Shah, JP Nadda and Yogi Adityanath – hoping to persuade Hyderabad {that a} change was wanted.

Electoral points have gone past roads, sanitation, water provide, road lights, drainage and primary civic infrastructure, as to if Hyderabad desires its title modified to Bhagyanagar, and in addition if Telangana wants a brand new ruling celebration. The BJP’s Tejasvi Surya, the Bangalore South MP, made divisive remarks whereas taking over the TRS and the AIMIM. He was additionally charged for coming into the long-lasting Osmania College with out permission in his marketing campaign for town civic polls.

Mr Owaisi and Telangana minister KT Rama Rao have been among the many early voters this morning. Voting will proceed until 6 PM.

A complete of 1,122 candidates are contesting the civic physique election throughout 150 divisions, unfold over 4 districts. Within the final municipal elections in February 2016, the ruling TRS had received 99 seats, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM received 44, the BJP received 4, the Congress received two and the Telugu Desam Occasion managed to get one.

Over the past decade, the polling proportion has been historically decrease within the civic physique elections, as in comparison with the state election, with hardly 45 per cent voter turnout. The voting proportion in 2009 was 43 per cent; it was 46 per cent in 2016.

Heavy safety has been deployed at 9,101 polling stations, with the state police indicating that they’ve data of some parts attempting to disturb peace and incite bother.

Over 50,000 police personnel are on the bottom amid a number of rumours of money and liquor distribution. The election campaigning ended on Sunday at 6 pm.

Precautions to test the unfold of the extremely infectious Covid have been put in place, state Election Commissioner C Parthasarathy mentioned. Carrying of masks is obligatory on the polling stations.

All polling cubicles have been disinfected and sanitisers have been supplied at each sales space.

The Larger Hyderabad Municipal Company (GHMC) space has 63 containment zones, as per the official information.

Throughout 1,700 polling stations, solely 800-1,000 voters are allowed as a substitute of the sooner restrict of 1,400.

Poll papers are getting used as a substitute of the EVMs (Digital Voting Machines). Electors picture identification or considered one of 18 different picture identification could be proven. Aged voters and ladies with youngsters needn’t wait in queues. There is no provision for on-line voting although postal ballots have been allowed.

Practically 1.5 lakh individuals concerned in floor assist. General, 2,700 polling stations have been recognized as “delicate”, together with 257 in “vital” class, and 1,004 are marked “hypersensitive”.

The GHMC was fashioned in April 2007 by merging 12 municipalities and eight gram panchayats with Municipal Company of Hyderabad (MCH). 4 districts fall inside GHMC limits, together with Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Sangareddy.

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