Amaravati: Just a few incidents of violence, principally in Guntur district, marred the fourth and closing part of elections to the gram panchayats in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, which noticed 81.78 per cent polling.
Police made lathicharge at a few locations in Guntur district to quell clashing mobs whereas polling brokers of candidates had been allegedly overwhelmed up in some locations, police sources stated.
In Sattenapalli constituency, brokers of rival candidates clashed with one another inside a polling station and suffered accidents. Each had been rushed to the hospital for remedy.
At Mutluru village close to Guntur, a polling agent tried to immolate himself after rivals allegedly thrashed him inside a polling station, the sources stated.
This led to rigidity within the village as villagers alleged that police remained mute spectators whereas the criminals jumped over the polling station compound wall and carried out the assault on the agent.
“Some stray incidents do occur however we have now acted swiftly. We’ll convey the culprits concerned within the violent incidents to e-book,” Guntur City district Superintendent of Police Ammi Reddy advised reporters.
He stated a robust police pressure was deployed beneath the direct supervision of a Deputy Superintendent of Police to forestall untoward incidents, given the delicate nature of the polling station.
In East Godavari district, two old-aged males collapsed and died after exercising their franchise in separate villages, in what was suspected to be instances of coronary heart assault.
Rain didn’t dampen the spirit of voters as they lined up in good numbers to train their franchise in some mandals in SPS Nellore district, sources within the State Election Fee right here stated.
Within the fourth part, polling was held to elect 2,743 village sarpanches and 22,423 ward members in 3,299 gram panchayats.
Already, 554 sarpanches had been declared elected unopposed.
In response to the State Election Fee, greater than 80 per cent polling was recorded in every of the 4 phases of elections to the panchayats.
After a protracted stand-off between the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy authorities and the State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar and the resultant authorized battle, elections to the gram panchayats, the bottom tier within the Panchayat Raj construction, had been accomplished in 4 phases between February 9 and 21.
Although the panchayat elections had been performed on an apolitical foundation, the ruling YSR Congress claimed to have gained greater than 82 per cent of the village our bodies.
The primary opposition Telugu Desam Occasion, nonetheless, stated the panchayat polls proved the individuals rejected the draconian rule of Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Elections to the city native our bodies, scheduled for March 10, can be a direct struggle between the political events, as additionally the polls to mandal and zilla parishads the second and third tiers of the Panchayat Raj construction can even showcase the actual power of the events.
The SEC is but to announce the dates for the mandal and zilla parishad elections, which have been abruptly deferred in March final yr on account of Covid-19 outbreak, as it’s looking for authorized opinion on the way in which forward.
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