15-11-201915-11-2019 09:04:19 IST
2019-11-15T03:34:19.397Z15-11-2019 2019-11-15T03:34:16.082Z - - 03-07-2020
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has reportedly decided to ditch the idea of conducting phase-wise civic polls and now the state will go for combined polls for all municipalities instead. The upcoming municipal polls for Telangana will be held in the new year.
Earlier, the Chief Minister was toying with the idea of conducting the polls in two phases as more than 70 municipalities had pending poll-related court cases running. As it was not possible to conduct elections in these constituencies till the court gives its verdict, the TRS supremo decided to go ahead with polls in other municipalities in phase 1, and then holding phase 2 when the court verdict is out.
However, the leaders close to the Chief Minister reportedly have advised against the move and informed him that it would be better if all municipalities and municipal corporations finish their polling on the same day.
In the opinion of Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders, if in the first phase opposition parties win in some municipalities, it will have an effect on the second phase of the elections and influence voters. As with the Zilla Parishad elections, where the TRS got all 32 Zilla Parishad chairpersons’ posts, in the municipal elections, too, the TRS wants to make a clean sweep. There are about 130 municipalities and 13 municipal corporations in the state.
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