Hyderabad, Apr 30 UNI | 3 months ago

Braving the sweltering heat, an estimated 68 per cent of the 2.81-odd crore electorate exercised their democratic rights till 1700 hrs today in the first of the two-phase election to 17 Lok Sabha and 119 Assembly seats in Telangana.

Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal told reporters here that Khammam district registered the maximum of 75 per cent polling, while Hyderabad district recorded the lowest of 53 per cent.

Barring a few sporadic incidents, the polling was by and large peaceful even in Naxalite-infested areas too, Mr Lal informed.

There were some cases of technical snags in EVMs following which the machines had been replaced without loss of time, he stated.

Mr Lal said an allegation had come that former DGP Dinesh Reddy, contesting the Lok Sabha election from Malkhajgiri constituency on the YSRCP ticket, entered a booth in Ramanthapur Public School along with 50 people.

The allegation was being looked into and if found true action would be initiated, the CEO stated.

At Suriyapet in Nalgonda district a burnt car was found with Rs 2.5 crore in cash, Mr Lal said adding that the driver of the vehicle was absconding and a massive hunt was on to nab him.

In three villages in Khammam district under Uuyra and Yellandu Assembly constituencies, around 1000 voters boycotted polling demanding road connectivity, he informed.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)