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EVM controversy in Telangana polls జూలై 10, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Adilabad, BJP, Congress, corruption, elections, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal.
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Telangana polls: Hundreds of candidates, intentions suspect
T S Sudhir, NDTV, July 09, 2010

Hyderabad: Later this month, Telangana will vote for 12 new MLAs. These are vacancies created by politicians who resigned in protest over what they describe as the lack of support from the Centre and the state government for a separate Telangana state.

There’s no shortage of candidates.The Warangal (West) constituency alone has 117 candidates. All but one are independent candidates. It’s not just a desire to serve the people that’s at play. Sources say parties want to ensure that Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), famous for being tamper-proof, cannot be used. An EVM can deal with a maximum of 64 nominations. Hence, the surging numbers. (మరింత…)

July 27 Telangana by poll – acid test for first timers జూన్ 22, 2010

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Bypoll acid test for first timers
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, June 22, 2010

Six to test electoral fortunes for the second time in 14 months

HYDERABAD: Next month’s elections to 10 Assembly constituencies in Telangana will be an acid test for the political careers of at least six candidates – five from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and one from the Bharatiya Janata Party – who resigned from the Assembly in support for separate Telangana.

These six will be testing their electoral fortunes for the second time within 14 months of their maiden entry into the Assembly whereas the remaining four MLAs who resigned Etala Rajender, T. Harish Rao, E. Ravinder Reddy and K. Eshwar are veterans of earlier battles.
Kaveti Sammaiah (Sirpur), N. Odelu (Chennur), G. Aravind Reddy (Mancherial), K. Vidyasagar Rao (Korutla) and D. Vinay Bhaskar (Warangal West) are all from the TRS, while E. Lakshminarayana (Nizamabad Urban) of BJP emerged as giant killer by trouncing PCC president D. Srinivas with a comfortable margin of 11,015 votes.

Two other ex-MLAs who were elected for the first time — Chennmaneni Ramesh of TDP (Vemulwada) and KCR’s son, K. T. Rama Rao (Sircilla) — will have to wait for some more time as the EC has decided against holding byelections to these two constituencies now as election petitions against them are pending in the High Court.

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