- The counting of votes for the 150-ward Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will take place on Friday.
- The city elections assume political significance as 24 assembly constituencies fall under the GHMC boundary.
- In the last GHMC elections in 2016, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the state had won 99 of the 150 wards.
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The counting of votes for the 150-ward Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will take place on Friday. Polling officials have made elaborate arrangements for the process and have set up centers at 30 places where more than 8,000 workers will be engaged in counting. The counting process will be recorded on CCTV cameras mounted on every counting table, officials said. Ballot papers were used for voting and, as a result, the result is likely to go only in the evening or night.
The city elections assume political significance as 24 assembly constituencies fall under the GHMC boundary. In the last GHMC elections in 2016, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the state won 99 seats out of 150 wards. Municipal elections are also important for the BJP, with party officials stating that it is setting a target to expand its footprint in the state.Its recent victory in the by-election in Dubak assembly seat has given the BJP a chance to carve a place for itself in the TRS stronghold.
The Telangana State Election Commission had decided to hold GHMC elections with ballot papers in view of major political parties, Health Department’s coronavirus epidemic and various relevant issues.
On December 1, voters polled 46.55 percent, or 34.50 lakh voters, out of 46.57 lakh voters, although high-campaigning was seen by the parties during the voting.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a spirited campaign to win the GHMC election to increase its chances in the 2023 assembly elections. The party has drafted its general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who was in charge of it for the Bihar assembly. Election to oversee election preparations in Hyderabad
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Party President JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, who are Lok Sabha members from Secunderabad, party MPs and BJYM National President Tejashwi Surya Abhiyan. Were the leaders who participated in.
The BJP featured the TRS’s collusion with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and looked for votes to give perfect and straightforward administration in the city. The TRS, in any case, denied any collusion with AIMIM.
TRS’s campaign was led by its executive chairman and state municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao, while party president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a public meeting. The state’s ruling party also deployed several state ministers and legislators to campaign in the city.
The Congress’ election battle was led by its state president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and executive chairman A Revanth Reddy (both MPs) and other senior leaders. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), once a major force in the state, sought to revive it. The fortunes highlighting the growth that the city witnessed in the IT sector during N. Chandrababu Naidu’s reign as Chief Minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh.