Hyderabad: Massive turnout registering about 80 per cent in more than 30 Assembly segments in districts which are considered TRS and Praja Front strongholds in the just-concluded elections is giving jitters to both the contestants. While the TRS claims that the big turnout is a clear indication of a positive vote for Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, People’s Front leaders assert that voters had come out in large numbers to express their dissent against the TRS government.
In Madhira Assembly segment, represented by TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, 92 per cent voter turnout was reported. Leaders said majority of Assembly constituencies in the erstwhile Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Rangareddy and Khammam districts, where the Congress and TDP are strong, reported huge turnout.
For instance, the leaders said, poll turnout in Parakala, Banswada, Narasmpeta, Huzurabad, Kollapur, Manakonduru and Mudhol crossed 80 per cent. The three Assembly segments are the strongholds of the TRS. In 2014 elections, the voting percentage did not cross 75 in the three segments. The rural voters in these constituencies made beeline since morning to exercise their franchise.
The People’s Front leaders claim that the promise of six cooking gas cylinders free of cost every year and Rs 4,000 pension for two eligible persons in every family drew good response from the voters. In the Congress and TDP strongholds - Wanaparthy, Alampur, Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Munugodu and Wyra, the poll percentage was between 81 and 85.
The leaders of the wo parties said that the huge turnout in many constituencies will help either the TRS or People’s Front to secure comfortable majority of 60 seats out of the total 119 seats in Telangana Assembly. The voting percentage was a mere 51 in the Assembly segments which come under the purview of Hyderabad district limits.