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  • Hyderabad Municipal Polls: 43% voter turnout at 4 PM

    Polling started on a peaceful note at 7 A.M. today for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation at 7,802 polling stations across the city. Over 30,000 security personnel and 45,000 election personnel had been deployed to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections. The state government had declared holiday for all its offices, educational institutions and business establishments so that people can cast their vote. A half-day holiday had also been declared for IT/ITES companies. Although polling began on a slow note with less than 12% casting their vote in the first three hours, the turnout picked up in the afternoon and stood close to 43% at 4 P.M. As voting gathered strength, stray incidents of arguments and violence were reported. Police had to rush in more reinforcements in Mir Chowk and other old city wards to quell unrest.

    2016-02-02 06:12:04 PM
  • Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Elections Today

    It's an important fight for votes in Hyderabad today as the city goes to poll for the eagerly anticipated Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections. This is the first election to the GHMC after the formation of Telangana state. The election will serve as a crucial test for all the major parties in the fray. An estimated 74 lakh voters will cast their vote today amidst tight security. The state election commission will web cast the polling activity in sensitive areas. There had been some frenetic campaigning by important leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the TDP-BJP alliance, the opposition Congress and the MIM. About 24 assembly segments come under the domain of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Elections to this body have grown in significance because of the size and profile of Hyderabad city. Counting of votes will take place on February 5.

    2016-02-02 12:29:58 PM
  • EC Panel to Visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

    The Election Commission of India, which is the apex body for conducting elections in the country, will visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to assess poll preparedness in these sates. The Commission’s poll panel will visit Kerala between February 3 and February 5. It will visit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for three days in the week after that. Election officials will also meet state government representatives and political parties to form an appraisal of the situation. The Election Commission has already toured West Bengal and Assam, the other two states going to elections in 2016. Sources claimed that the Commission may declare the poll schedule for the five states in the month of March. Assembly elections to the five states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry are likely to be held in April-May. Key government sources stated that the central government is keen to form a consensus with other political parties on holding an uninterrupted budget session in view of the assembly elections.

    2016-02-02 12:26:48 PM
  • Narendra Modi Kick-starts BJP's Election Rally in Tamil Nadu

    In preparation for the forthcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in the state today. The party is projecting this rally as the launchpad of Bharatiya Janta Party's election campaign in the state. Prime Minister Modi was on a five-hour visit to the textile city of Coimbatore in western Tamil Nadu. Incidentally, Coimbatore is among the 20 cities chosen for the Union government's first phase of Smart Cities project. Modi will also inaugurate an ESI Medical College here. The BJP is looking to create a formidable alliance in the state for the upcoming assembly polls. Modi's public rally will be important for the party to prove its strength in the state and strengthen its bargaining power at the time of seat-sharing with possible allies.

    2016-02-02 11:35:02 AM
  • J&K Governor to Hold Talks With PDP, BJP

    As government formation gets more and more delayed in J&K, state governor N.N. Vohra has asked alliance partners PDP and BJP to meet him separately today. The governor is expected to ask them to clarify their respective stands on government formation in the state. The People's Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, has indicated that she is in no hurry to renew the party's alliance with BJP. Party sources in Srinagar claimed that a government could be formed right away, provided the BJP implements the agenda of alliance sincerely. Mehbooba has reportedly told her party that the PDP wants assurance from the BJP that it will fulfill the late chief minister, Mufti Mohammad’s vision of peaceful and equitable development in the state. It is understood that Mehbooba is wary of losing popularity in J&K by allying with the BJP. On the other hand, the BJP is unwilling to bend before the PDP. It expects that the PDP chief will not take the drastic step of walking out of the alliance.

    2016-02-02 11:33:55 AM

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