GHMC polls: Counting of votes begins in Hyderabad
The counting of votes for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election began on Friday morning.
After campaigning by regional and national political parties, voting for the GHMC elections was held in 150 wards on December 1.
The mayor’s post is reserved for a woman this time. Elections were conducted with ballot papers in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the Hyderabad city commissionerate, 817 new polling stations have been set up as compared to 2016. There are 2,146 normal polling stations, 1,517 sensitive polling stations, and 167 hypersensitive polling stations.
In the latest polls city is witnessing a triangular contest among the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), and the The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), which recently bagged the Dubbak Assembly seat in a recent bypoll. The top brass in the BJP, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, National President JP Nadda and Union Minister Amit Shah have campaigned for this election.
In the last GHMC election, the TRS won in 99 wards. AIMIM bagged 44, with the remaining seven wards won by other parties and Independents.
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