The counting of votes will be taken up on February 5, following which the winners will be announced

Hyderabad elections Exit polls predict win for TRS Owaisis MIM a distant secondFile photo: Facebook/Telangana CMO
news Municipal Elections Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 09:13

A day after Hyderabad witnessed a turnout of roughly 45 percent in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, exit polls are placing the TRS on pole position.

According to the exit poll released by TV9 Telugu, TRS will bag the most seats followed by AIMIM and the TDP-BJP combine.

TRS: 78- 82 seats
MIM: 35-49 seats
Congrss: 8-10 seats
Others:1-3 seats

NTV news, also conducted a poll with similar rankings but different figures.

TRS: 75-85 seats    
MIM: 40-45 seats
BJP-TDP: 20-25 seats
Congress: 10-12 seats
Others: 0-3 seats 

The voting which took place till Tuesday evening, passed peacefully barring a few events.

Tension prevailed most at Mir Chowk after TPCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy's car was attacked by MIM activists, following a clash with Congress supporters.

The police was forced to resort to lathi charge to control the stone-pelting mobs.

Earlier, the Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) issued orders restricting on publication and dissemination of result of opinion poll and exit polls for the ensuing GHMC polls on February 2.

"The publication or dissemination of exit polls and opinion polls, before the poll is likely to influence or effect the result of election and consequently undermining the goal of neutrality  and fairness in the election," it said.

The ban was lifted with the completion of the voting process on Tuesday evening.

The counting of votes will be taken up on February 5, following which the results will be announced.

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