Nalgonda: Displaying enthusiasm, several first time voters exercised their franchise at different polling stations in the third phase of Zilla Parishad elections on Tuesday, and inspired others in the district.
A native of Anireddiduppalapally and first time voter, Dontha Ajay Kumar Reddy, who is pursuing higher studies at a university in Texas, came to his native place on Sunday to exercise his franchise. “The thought of casting my first vote was exciting,” he said.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today,’ Ajay Kumar said he turned 18 three months ago and had enrolled himself as a voter online. He said he was excited when he stepped into the polling booth for the first time. “The local bodies’ elections are no less than the elections. Strong local administration would enrich the spirit of democratic system, and hence, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to cast my vote in the Zilla Parishad elections,” he said.
Radharapu Sravya Sri, a software engineer working for a company in Bengaluru, also came to her native place Narketpally in the district to cast her vote. “This is the first time I have cast my vote and I am proud that I got the opportunity to do so in local bodies’ elections. Electing the right candidate in local bodies’ elections will lead to development of the village and resolution of issues being faced by the people in rural areas,” she said.
R Sowmya, also an IT employee with a Bengaluru firm and native of Narketpally, is also a first time voter. “Educated youth should join politics at the village level which would help in bringing more benefits to rural areas,” she said, adding that active participation of educated youth in politics would also help in controlling corruption in society.
72.01 per cent voting registered in Nizamabad
Nizamabad: Third and final phase of MPTC and ZPTC elections were held peacefully in erstwhile Nizamabad district and no unwanted incident was registered in the district.
Third phase elections were held at Armoor Revenue Division of Nizamabad district and Yellareddy Revenue Division of Kamareddy district. Large number of voters turned out at polling booths early in the morning. Till 5 pm, 72.01 per cent voting was registered in Nizamabad district and 75.31 per cent in Kamareddy district.
Out of 3,18,436 voters, 94,765 men, 1,34,553 women voters and one transgender, totally 22,93,198 voters turned out to cast their vote at Armoor Revenue Division of Nizamabad district. In Yellareddy Revenue Division, 63,332 men and 68,233 women, totally 1,31,555 voters cast their vote.
Third phase MPTC and ZPTC elections were held for 11 ZPTCs and 117 MPTCs in Armoor Revenue Division; for 11 ZPTCs, 40 candidates and for 117 MPTCs, 372 candidates contested.
In Yellareddy Revenue Division, elections were held for six ZPTCs and 67 MPTCs, for six ZPTCs, 24 candidates and for 67 MPTCs, 197 candidates contested.
Nizamabad Collector M Rammohan Rao supervised the elections at Ankapoor and Aloor village of Armoor mandal and Nandipet mandal headquarters.
He supervised the elections arrangements, voting pattern and asked election staff to ensure that voters were not subjected to any inconvenience. Rao said elections were arranged at 639 polling stations and it was supervised through web casting, videography and micro observers.
Kamareddy Collector Dr N Satyanarayana supervised the third phase of MPTC and ZPTC elections at Juvadi, Mahadevpalli, Gandhari town of Gandhari mandal, Nallamadugu village of Lingampet mandal.
Third phase polling passes peacefully amid minor tensions in Khammam
Khammam/Kothagudem: The third and final phase ZPTC-MPTC polling passed off peacefully barring some minor incidents in erstwhile Khammam on Tuesday.
Mild tension prevailed at Ramakrishnapuram of Chintakani mandal in Khammam as a woman police constable and wife of an agriculture officer got into a heated argument which reportedly turned into fisticuffs, sources said.
It is learnt that Madhira Aiculture Oficer (AO) K Anil along with wife came to vote at Ramakrishnapuram polling booth and sat there after casting votes. The woman constable,wose identity is not known,told the couple to leave the booth as they had cast their vote. The couple, however, reacted sharply to her advice.
The AO’s wife reportedly made objectionable remark against the constable and the AO allegedly slapped the constable. The villagers who learnt about the incident rushed to the spot in support of the AO and hurled invectives and chappals at the constable who during the chaos fell down and got injured. ACP (Traffic) J Sadaniranjan rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
At Chunchupalli of Kothagudem the TRS workers and an independent candidate V Rajyalaxmi contesting in ZPTC elections clashed. The candidate accused the TGBKS leader Razak and Home Guard of distributing money to voters at Rudrampur. DSP SM Ali along with staff rushed to spot and brought the situation under control.
In Khammam, by 3 pm 76 per cent of voting was recorded and in Kothagudem where polling was closed at 4 pm 74.35 per cent voting took place. Khammam Collector RV Karnan, ZP CEO Ch Priyanka and Commissioner of Police Tafseer Iqbal visited different polling stations and monitored the polling process.
Meanwhile, a newly-wed couple surprised all at Konijerla mandal mandal headquarters in Khammam as they went to ZPHS polling booth in their wedding attire to cast the vote. Darnasi Praveen, a jawan at CISF Special Battalion, cast his vote immediately after his marriage on Tuesday. He donning his wedding suit and his wife Mamata in her bridal saree attracted attention at the booth and people appreciated the jawan’s spirit.
Final phase polls pass off peacefully in Adilabad
Adilabad: The third and final phase of elections to Parishad Territorial Constituencies passed off peacefully in erstwhile Adilabad district on Tuesday. As many as 20 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTCs) and 192 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTCs) in erstwhile Adilabad district went to polls.
As per information provided by authorities concerned, Mancherial district saw polling of 75.58 per cent. Kumram Bheem Asifabad district had 75.65 per cent of voting. Polling was closed by 4 pm in Maoist-affected Mancherial and Kumram Bheem Asifabad districts. Nirmal district registered 78.53 per cent turnout of voters. Adilabad district registered 69.41 per cent of voting by 3pm.
Elections were held for six ZPTCs including Echoda, Sirikonda, Indervelli, Narnoor, Gadiguda and Utnoor, and, 58 MPTCs of Adilabad district. As many as 30 candidates contested for the ZPTCs and 242 for the MPTCs.
Mancherial’s four ZPTCs -Dandepalli, Hajipur, Jannaram and Luxettipet, and, 46 MPTCs belonging to these mandals went to polls. A total of 17 candidates were in fray for the post of ZPTC and 139 nominees were vying for MPTCs.
Five ZPTCs and 36 MPTCs of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district went to polls. A total of 26 nominees contested for the post of ZPTC and 160 candidates for MPTC. In Nirmal, five ZPTCs and 52 MPTCs witnessed elections. As many as 21 candidates and 178 nominees contested from the ZPTC and MPTC posts, respectively.
Tribals boycott voting in Adilabad
Adilabad: Aboriginal Tribals of Ramjiguda and Neradigonda (K) in Sirikonda mandal boycotted elections demanding seperate gram panchayat in Adilabad district.
They did not cast their votes in elections to rural civic bodies and Adilabad Parliament constituency. They regretted that no one had responded to their demand so far.
In the meantime, polling of MPTC election was stalled for around two hours in Buddipalli of Hajipur mandal when ballot papers of Rapalli village were given in polling stations. Candidate of the Congress staged a sit-in seeking replacement of papers. Officials concerned provided the papers and resumed the polling.