Counting of votes for the Greater Hyderabad (GHMC) elections commenced at 8am on Friday for what is seen as a three-way battle between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP, in fact, went all out in its campaign for the December 1 polls, with prominent leaders like Union home minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, part president JP Nadda and youth wing chief Tejasvi Surya, among others, campaigning in the IT hub.
The campaigning for these elections saw the BJP raise pitch to change the city’s name to Bhagyanagar, triggering a war of words with the AIMIM. The party also alleged Rohingyas and illegal immigrants were present in large numbers in the city, promising to do a “surgical strike” in the Old City part of Telangana’s capital. Of around 74 lakh voters eligible, only around 34 lakh cast their votes. The current Hyderabad mayor is TRS leader Bonthu Rammohan.
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8:32am: First result likely only after 11am
Counting being done through ballot paper method. First result expected only after 11am.
8:10am: Counting of votes begins
Counting of votes for the GHMC elections 2020 begins.
8:00am: Expect to win over 100 seats, says TRS leader K Kavitha
We are expecting to win over 100 seats. Although many big leaders from BJP came to campaign and made many false claims, I’m happy that people of Hyderabad did not believe in them, says TRS leader K Kavitha.
7:28am: The BJP fielded all its big guns during campaigning
Union home minister Amit Shah, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, party chief JP Nadda and youth wing chief Tejaswi Surya were among star campaigners for the BJP.
7:11am: Ruling TRS currently has 99 seats in the civic body
Telangana’s ruling TRS currnetly has 99 seats in the GHMC, followed by AIMIM (44), BJP (4), Congress (2) and TDP (1).
7:00am: Counting of votes for 150-ward GHMC polls to begin at 8am
Counting of votes for the GHMC polls will begin at 8am in 30 polling centres across Hyderabad.