Residents of Hyderabad must make their choice in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls as there will be no NOTA option in the voting machines, GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said at a review meeting on Saturday.
The Times of India reported:
The commissioner asked the officials to arrange 45 auxiliary polling stations to the existing 7,757 polling stations in view of the number of voters and also candidates in the fray. The commissioner directed them to remove all the unauthorized flexies and hoardings in the city . The election officials informed the commissioner that so far over 2 lakh banners, flexies, cut-outs and posters, which were put illegally by the parties and candidates, were removed.
The report also added that around 13.87 out of the total 74.23 lakh voters had been given their voter slips till now.
The campaigning stepped up on Saturday as various parties took to the streets with large speakers mounted on vehicles, to try and woo voters.
All parties have brought out senior and influential members to campaign for the polls.
On Friday, TDP general secretary and Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh said:
Why should people vote for the TRS which failed to lay proper roads in the city? Chief Minister KCR is confining himself to his farmhouse. He is not even visiting the secretariat. People have lost faith on KCR, who is a man of words not deeds.If the TRS is really strong in Hyderabad, why is it engineering defections from the TDP in the city?
The TRS meanwhile, released their election manifesto on Saturday, where supply of safe drinking water to every household was given the priority.
"TRS manifesto is not a book of poll promises but a visionary action plan, which will implemented by the government. The manifesto was prepared after interacting with people of all sections and listening to their problems. It provides practical and viable solutions to all the problems of Hyderabad. Every promise made in this manifesto will be implemented without fail by the TRS government," K Keshava Rao, MP and TRS leader told the media.