Hyderabad: The by-election in Huzurnagar Assembly constituency on Monday concluded peacefully. The polling began at 7 am and recorded 85 per cent polling by 5 pm, according to an official statement. The officials had said that voters who entered the polling booth before 5 pm would be allowed to cast their vote. The counting is scheduled at 8 am on October 24 and results are expected by noon.
According to the official release from the Election Commission (EC), the polling turnout was 13.44 per cent by 9 am, 31.34 per cent by 11 am, 52.89 per cent by 1 pm and 85 per cent by 5 pm.
Telangana Women and Child Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod thanked voters of Huzurnagar. “The heavy polling turnout indicates the increased support to TRS. People are supporting Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his welfare schemes and development of the state. The high percentage of voting indicates support to democracy and positive support to the ruling TRS party. Our party candidate Saidireddy will win in the Huzurnagar Assembly election. I thank all the EC staff, government employees, and our party cadres for the peaceful election,” said Rathod.
Voters in several villages under seven mandals — Mellacheruvu, Chintalapalem, Mathampalli, Nereducharla, Palakaveedu, Garidepalli and Huzurnagar — took part in the voting process. About 28 candidates, including three women, are in the by-election fray.
“However, the main competition is only among TRS, Congress and BJP,” observed Rami Reddy, a farmer.
“All the political parties consider the Huzurnagar by-election as prestigious for them to win it. The main contenders are TRS and Congress. We have to see how TDP and BJP split votes of TRS and Congress. The winning chances of TRS and Congress are depended on this outcome of the voting pattern,” said a political analyst.