Hyderabad : Polling for Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation, Khammam Municipal Corporation, five municipalities and four casual vacancies in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Telangana got underway on Friday.
Voters queued up outside the polling booths to exercise their franchise amid severe Covid-19 wave situation.The polling in 248 wards began in 1,539 polling stations at 7 am and the voting will end at 8 pm.
The counting will be taken up on May 3.The district administration has made arrangements in compliance with the Covid-19 protocols besides tight security arrangements have been put in place.
Over 11.26 lakh voters will decide the fate of 1,300 candidates contesting the election.
A highest of 502 candidates are in the fray for 66 wards in the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation followed by 250 candidates for 59 wards in Khammam Municipal Corporation, 236 candidates for 43 wards in Siddipet, 122 candidates for 27 wards in Jadcherla, 93 in fray for 20 wards in Nakrekal, 47 in fray for 12 wards in Kothur and 66 in fray for 20 wards in Achampet Municipalities.
However, there is no polling in one ward in Khammam Municipality following the unanimous election of a candidate in ward number 10.
For the ruling TRS, BJP and Congress, the election was a prestigious one as holding control over both Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation and Khammam Municipal Corporation is key to their electoral fortunes after election was held earlier for Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation (GHMC) in the state.
All the parties had roped in senior leaders during the election campaign. Eight Ministers had campaigned in the Corporations and Municipalities.
In the wake of High Court directions, the Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has made elaborate arrangements to prevent the spread of Coronavirus cases during the voting process.