Warangal: Barring some stray incidents of minor clashes, the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduate MLC constituency election has passed off peacefully in the erstwhile Warangal district.
While TRS candidate Palla Rajeshwar Reddy has cast his vote at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyala (KGBV) polling station at Velair mandal centre, which is his native mandal, in the Warangal Urban district, BJP candidate Gujjula Premender Reddy along with his wife cast his vote at University Arts Science College, Subedari in Hanamkonda polling station; Yuva Telangana Party candidate Gogula Ranirudrama Devi has exercised her franchise at a polling station at Narsampet town in Warangal Rural district. Before casting his vote, Palla has taken the blessings of his mother and also offered prayers at a local temple.
Meanwhile, alleging that the TRS party workers were distributing cash to the voters at a function hall at Parvathammagudem of Nellikuduru mandal, BJP leaders including MLC candidate Premender Reddy and senior leader and Girijan Morcha State president Jatothu Hussain Naik tried to ‘obstruct’ them. “We demand the police to take action against the TRS people who attacked me,” said Hussain Naik. The BJP leaders have also staged a rasta roko on the road at Nellikuduru demanding action against the TRS workers. Hussain Naik alleged that the TRS workers attacked them in the presence of Mahabubabad MLA Banoth Shankar Naik. “If the police do not arrest the people responsible for the attack, we will stage a dharna in front of the MLC camp office in Mahabubabad,” he warned.
A minor scuffle also took place between the TRS and Left party workers at a polling station in Mahabubabad. A heated argument has broken out between the TRS and BJP workers at Karimabad government school polling station as the BJP Warangal Urban district president Rao Padma alleged that the TRS workers were conducting a poll campaign at the polling station. Due to this, tension prevailed for some time at the polling station.
Meanwhile, Station Ghanpur MLA Thatikonda Rajaiah along with his five other family members cast his vote at the Government girls high school at Ghanpur. Former Minister and Congress senior leader Ponnala Lakshmaiah has exercised his vote Raghunathpally in the Jangaon district. Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Errabelli Dayakar Rao has visited several polling stations in the erstwhile Warangal district and observed the polling trend. Telangana Jana Samithi candidate Prof M Kodandaram also visited several polling stations in Warangal.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shashank Goel inspected the polling arrangements by visiting several polling stations in the erstwhile Warangal district.