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GHMC Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Our Fight is With People Trying to Change Hyderabad, Says Owaisi; 8.9% Voting till 11am

News18.com | December 01, 2020, 15:26 IST
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GHMC Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Voting has begun for the election to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) which witnessed a high-decibel campaign resembling an assembly or parliamentary election with top leaders from different parties participating in the electioneering. As many as 74,44,260 voters would exercise their franchise using ballot papers to elect their representatives in the 150-ward GHMC, according to official data. Polling began at 7am and will come to an end at 6pm. The total number of contesting candidates is 1,122.

The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has made elaborate arrangements for the balloting process by deploying 48,000 (including reserve) polling personnel and 52,500 strong police force. The Commission had decided to conduct the election with ballot papers after obtaining the views of major political parties, Health department in view of COVID-19 and taking into consideration various relevant issues, it said earlier. The SEC has conducted a campaign, featuring some film personalities, to motivate the electorate to vote. Observing that all arrangements, including those in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been made for smooth polling, State Election Commissioner C Parathasarathi has appealed to the voters to exercise their franchise.
Dec 01, 2020 15:26 (IST)

ROUNDUP | Polling is underway in the high-stakes Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election following a vociferous and often acrimonious campaign. The voting for the 150-ward GHMC began at 7 am and it would be ending at 6 pm. A total of 74,44,260 voters will exercise their franchise using ballot papers to elect their representatives. 

Dec 01, 2020 14:51 (IST)

The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has made elaborate arrangements for the balloting process by deploying 48,000 (including reserve) polling personnel and 52,500 strong police force. The commission had decided to conduct the election with ballot papers after obtaining the views of major political parties and the Health Department in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and taking into consideration various relevant issues, it had said.

Dec 01, 2020 14:38 (IST)

The total number of contesting candidates is 1,122. The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has made elaborate arrangements for the balloting process by deploying 48,000 (including reserve) polling personnel and 52,500 strong police force.

Dec 01, 2020 14:18 (IST)

Last Year's Seat Tally | A total of 1,122 candidates are contesting the civic body election across 150 divisions, spread over four districts in Hyderabad. In the last elections in 2016, the ruling TRS had won 99 seats, AIMIM had won 44, the BJP won four, the Congress won two and the Telugu Desam Party managed to get one seat.

Dec 01, 2020 13:50 (IST)

Asserting that the people of Telangana are angry and upset with the ruling TRS in Telangana and Owaisi's "alliance", Union Home Minister and top BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday predicted this time Hyderabad will elect a BJP Mayor in the city's civic polls. Shah, who offered prayers at the Bhagyalakshmi Devi Temple in Old City here, said the people of Hyderabad want good governance and they have belief in PM Narendra Modi's leadership and the BJP.

Dec 01, 2020 13:19 (IST)

18.2 percent Voter Turnout Till 1 pm | The voter turnout in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation till 1 pm was 18.2 percent. Polling is underway in the high-stakes Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election following a vociferous and often acrimonious campaign. The voting for the 150-ward GHMC began at 7 am and it would be ending at 6 pm. A total of 74,44,260 voters will exercise their franchise using ballot papers to elect their representatives. 

Dec 01, 2020 13:15 (IST)

GHMC Elections Updates: The state election commission has ordered repolling in old Malakpet ( Ward 26) on December 3 as the CPI candidate's symbol was missing in the ballot.

Dec 01, 2020 13:05 (IST)

In view of the precautions made for Covid-19, polling booths have been sanitised and social distancing is being followed. Sanitising hands and face masks is compulsory during the voting. Visual shows Anjani Kumar IPS Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad city cast his vote in Ward No 83, GHMC Sports complex, Amberpet in Hyderabad.

Dec 01, 2020 12:44 (IST)

ROUNDUP | Polling is underway in the high-stakes Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election following a vociferous and often acrimonious campaign. The voting for the 150-ward GHMC began at 7 am and it would be ending at 6 pm. A total of 74,44,260 voters will exercise their franchise using ballot papers to elect their representatives. 

Dec 01, 2020 12:23 (IST)

Telangana Home Minister Casts Vote | Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, casts his vote at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, in Hyderabad. The voter turnout in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation till 11 am was 8.90 percent. BJP MLA Raja Singh also casts his vote in the local election.

Dec 01, 2020 12:09 (IST)

Ban on Exit Poll Due to Repolling in Some Seats: SEC | The state election commission has put a ban on exit polls as re-polling will be conducted in few polling booths due to technical issues. 

Dec 01, 2020 11:57 (IST)

TRS Leader K Kavitha Casts Her Vote | TRS leader K Kavitha casts her vote at Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election in Hyderabad. "We want the people of Hyderabad to come & vote. It is a privilege to have the right to vote. If you don't vote, you won't have any right to question," she told ANI. 

Dec 01, 2020 11:38 (IST)

Last Year's Seat Tally | A total of 1,122 candidates are contesting the civic body election across 150 divisions, spread over four districts in Hyderabad. In the last elections in 2016, the ruling TRS had won 99 seats, AIMIM had won 44, the BJP won four, the Congress won two and the Telugu Desam Party managed to get one seat.

Dec 01, 2020 11:23 (IST)

The voter turnout in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation till 11 am was 8.90 percent. BJP MLA Raja Singh also casts his vote in the local election.

Dec 01, 2020 11:06 (IST)

Asserting that the people of Telangana are angry and upset with the ruling TRS in Telangana and Owaisi's "alliance", Union Home Minister and top BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday predicted this time Hyderabad will elect a BJP Mayor in the city's civic polls. Shah, who offered prayers at the Bhagyalakshmi Devi Temple in Old City here, said the people of Hyderabad want good governance and they have belief in PM Narendra Modi's leadership and the BJP.

Dec 01, 2020 10:51 (IST)

3.96 percent votes were filed till 9 am across the four districts going for the elections. Picture shows senior citizens casting their vote in GHMC elections.

Dec 01, 2020 10:36 (IST)

The total number of contesting candidates is 1,122. The Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has made elaborate arrangements for the balloting process by deploying 48,000 (including reserve) polling personnel and 52,500 strong police force.

Dec 01, 2020 10:15 (IST)

Amit Shah, Yogi and Tejaswi Surya Among Key Campaigners | Top leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party president JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy, who is Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad, party MP and BJYM national president Tejaswi Surya participated in the campaign.

Dec 01, 2020 09:55 (IST)

Last Year's Seat Tally | A total of 1,122 candidates are contesting the civic body election across 150 divisions, spread over four districts in Hyderabad. In the last elections in 2016, the ruling TRS had won 99 seats, AIMIM had won 44, the BJP won four, the Congress won two and the Telugu Desam Party managed to get one seat.

Dec 01, 2020 09:35 (IST)

3.1 percent Turnout Recorded at 9 am | The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Bharatiya Janata Party, AIMIM, Telugu Desam Party and Congress are contesting the elections. However, the direct contest is between the TRS, BJP and the AIMIM. Till 9 am, 3.10 percent voter turnout was recorded in the GHMC Elections.

Dec 01, 2020 09:24 (IST)

In view of the precautions made for Covid-19, polling booths have been sanitised and social distancing is being followed. Sanitising hands and face masks is compulsory during the voting. Visual shows Anjani Kumar IPS Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad city cast his vote in Ward No 83, GHMC Sports complex, Amberpet in Hyderabad.

Dec 01, 2020 09:18 (IST)

Actor Chiranjeevi Casts Vote in Hyderabad | Megastar Chiranjeevi And His Wife cast his vote in GHMC Elections. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also cast his vote at the St Faiz High School in Hyderabad. Telangana minister and TRS leader KT Rama Rao were also seen exercising his franchise.

Dec 01, 2020 09:10 (IST)

Election Gone Beyond Civic Issues? | 74 lakh eligible voters to participate in the election today in Hyderabad. The election witnessed a fierce campaign by the BJP and TRS as electoral issues have gone beyond roads, sanitation, water supply, street lights, drainage and basic civic infrastructure, to whether Hyderabad wants its name changed to Bhagyanagar, and also if Telangana needs a new ruling party.

Dec 01, 2020 09:04 (IST)

Asserting that the people of Telangana are angry and upset with the ruling TRS in Telangana and Owaisi's "alliance", Union Home Minister and top BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday predicted this time Hyderabad will elect a BJP Mayor in the city's civic polls. Shah, who offered prayers at the Bhagyalakshmi Devi Temple in Old City here, said the people of Hyderabad want good governance and they have belief in PM Narendra Modi's leadership and the BJP.

Dec 01, 2020 08:43 (IST)

Will Make Hyderabad Free of Nizam Culture: Amit Shah | Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday assured that the party would make Hyderabad a global IT hub, a modern city and free from "Nizam culture" if voted to power in the December 1 civic polls. He also exuded confidence that Hyderabad would have a BJP Mayor after the GHMC polls and that the saffron party would form the government in Telangana after the next Assembly elections.

Dec 01, 2020 08:24 (IST)

Fierce Campaign by Rivals- TRS and BJP | The TRS and BJP leaders engaged in a war of words attacking each other during the poll campaign. BJP's Telangana president Bandi Sanjay Kumar found himself in a row following his comments that his party would conduct a "surgical strike" in the old city here to send away Rohingyas and Pakistanis after it wins the post of Mayor in the polls. AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi in a poll campaign earned the wrath of his opponents by asking whether the 'samadhis' of former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao and TDP founder N T Rama Rao, built on the Hussain Sagar lake bank, would be removed as he questioned the eviction drive against "poor people" residing near water bodies. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 4.

Dec 01, 2020 08:11 (IST)

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Dec 01, 2020 07:57 (IST)

Owaisi Casts Vote in Hyderabad Local Polls | AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. "I appeal to the people of Hyderabad to cast their vote today to strengthen democracy," Owaisi said.

Dec 01, 2020 07:45 (IST)

Amit Shah Promises Goog Governance | Addressing a press conference on the last day of campaigning, Amit Shah appealed to the people to give an opportunity to the BJP and said his party would make ready all infrastructure to ensure Hyderabad becomes a global IT hub. He promised good governance and implementation of PM Modi led government's policies in Hyderabad as he accused Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and the TRS regime of indulging in corruption and failing to fulfill their promises. Visual shows St Faiz High School, in Hyderabad, that has been designated as a polling booth. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi will cast his vote at this booth. 

Dec 01, 2020 07:29 (IST)

The TRS' campaign was led by its Working President and state Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao, while party supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a public meeting. The state's ruling party has deployed several state ministers and legislators for canvassing in the city. The Congress campaign was led by its state president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and Working President A Revanth Reddy and other senior leaders.

GHMC Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Our Fight is With People Trying to Change Hyderabad, Says Owaisi; 8.9% Voting till 11am
AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi after casting his vote for the GHMC polls.

The run-up to the polling witnessed a high decibel and often acrimonious campaign. Buoyed by its victory in the recent bypoll to Dubbak Assembly constituency, the BJP conducted a powerful campaign to win the GHMC polls. It has drafted its General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who has been its incharge for Bihar, to supervise the preparation for the poll in Hyderabad. Top leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party president J P Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy, who is Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad, party MP and BJYM national president Tejaswi Surya participated in the campaign.

The BJP highlighted the TRS' "alliance" with the AIMIM and sought votes to provide clean and transparent governance in the city. The TRS, however, denied any alliance with the AIMIM. The TRS' campaign was led by its Working President and state Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, while party supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a public meeting. The state's ruling party has deployed several state ministers and legislators for canvassing in the city.

The Congress campaign was led by its state president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and Working President A Revanth Reddy and other senior leaders. Once a major force in the state, but marginalised now, the TDP sought to revive its fortunes highlighting the development witnessed in the city, including in the IT sector, during N Chandrababu Naidu's regime as Chief Minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

The TRS and BJP leaders were engaged in a war of words attacking each other. BJP's Telangana president Bandi Sanjay Kumar found himself in a row following his comments that his party would conduct a "surgical strike" in the old city here to send away Rohingyas and Pakistanis after it wins the post of Mayor in the polls.

AIMIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi in a poll campaign earned the wrath of his opponents by asking whether the 'samadhis' of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao and TDP founder N T Rama Rao, built on the Hussain Sagar lake bank, would be removed as he questioned the eviction drive against "poor people" residing near water bodies. Counting of votes will be taken up on December 4.