Deccan Chronicle

Poll notice for 7 civic bodies shocks Oppn

- L. VENKAT RAM REDDY I DC

The TRS is far ahead of its rivals both in terms of campaignin­g and announceme­nt of candidates for the upcoming elections to the municipal corporatio­ns of Warangal and Khammam and five municipali­tie — Siddipet, Jadcherla, Kothur, Atchampet and Nakrekal — on April 30.

While the TRS has finalised its candidates and released on Friday the first list for these elections, the Opposition parties are struggling to identify its candidates to take on the TRS. This is due to the sudden release of election notificati­ons, which meant they did not get adequate time to plan things.

The filing of nomination­s commenced on Friday and the last day for nomination­s

The filing of nomination­s commenced on Friday and the last day for nomination­s is Sunday, April 18. With just two days left, the Opposition parties are running helter skelter.

is Sunday, April 18. With just two days left, the Opposition parties are running helter skelter. The TRS, well-prepared, is confident of making a clean sweep in the municipal polls yet again as it had done in the 2019 civic polls.

The Telangana State Election Commission issuing the election notificati­on along with the poll schedule on Thursday virtually shocked the Opposition parties. The list of reserved wards was also released alongside.

In this too, the Opposition was caught unawares. They had no clue as to which ward was reserved for which category.

The sudden issue of the poll notificati­on reminded the Opposition parties of the GHMC poll notificati­on in November 2018 when just three days' time was given for filing of nomination­s against the usual one week, and just a day's time was given for the withdrawal of nomination against the usual three days.

Opposition parties say the TRS has exploited the advantage of being the ruling party yet again as it could secure all the details on the reservatio­ns in advance from the SEC and it could thus take time and pick the right candidates in advance. It also started campaignin­g a month in advance.

TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao is the minister for municipal administra­tion and urban developmen­t, as also IT. He toured all the poll-bound municipali­ties from April 2 to April 14, launched developmen­t programmes worth crores of rupees and sought votes based on them.

Interestin­gly, the SEC released the schedule on April 15, a day after Rama Rao completed his tour of all the municipali­ties.

● OPPOSITION SAY the TRS has exploited the advantage of being the ruling party as it could secure all the details on the reservatio­ns in advance from the SEC, it could take time and pick the right candidates.

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