Congress, MIM, TD win 1 seat each in council polls

Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Congress, its ally Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TD) on Monday won a seat each in the 90-member legislative council.

Congress and MIM candidates were elected in the state capital while TD bagged the lone seat in neighbouring Ranga Reddy district. The result of the council polls for three seats were announced within couple of hours after the counting began on Monday morning.

The elections to three seats from Local Authorities Constituencies (LACs) were held on Friday.

Congress’ M.S. Prabhakar and MIM’s Syed Aminul Hasan Jafri were elected in Hyderabad while Narendra Reddy of the TD emerged victorious in Ranga Reddy district.

The result in Hyderabad was a foregone conclusion given the majority Congress and MIM enjoyed in the local body and the poll boycott by the TD.

However, the result in Ranga Reddy came as a jolt to the Congress party as it had gone all out to woo voters, comprising members of zilla parishad and mandal parishad territorial committee members, corporators and councillors.

TD’s Narendra Reddy was elected with a margin of 48 votes. TD bagged 342 votes while Congress polled 294 votes. Eight votes were declared invalid. Out of 653 voters in Ranga Reddy, 644 had cast their votes.

In Hyderabad, Congress polled 69 seats and MIM 55. Two votes were declared invalid. Out of the total 157 voters, 126 had exercised their franchise.

In a last minute-decision, the TD had boycotted the polls in Hyderabad making it almost an unopposed election of the Congress and MIM candidates.

The TD’s was voicing its protest against election officials not allowing its corporator Raja Singh to cast his vote through postal ballot.

Raja Singh, an accused in the recent communal riots in the city, is lodged in Chanchalguda jail.

Soon after his victory, MIM candidate and senior journalist Jafri told reporters that he would do his best to solve the problems faced by the people of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad.(IANS)

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