Hyderabad: With voting in the first phase of Telangana gram panchayat elections scheduled for next week and the Congress alleging that money was being offered for pulling out of the polls, the state Election Commission is busy with the arrangements, said reports on Monday.
Election Commissioner V Nagi Reddy was quoted as saying that voter slips for the three-phase elections could be downloaded from the TS election app. One would just need to enter the district name and the elector’s photo identity card number.
Nagi Reddy also inspected the arrangements in Suryapet district on Sunday and held a review meeting with the nodal officers regarding the arrangements for the elections.
He told media that all the arrangements had been made for the first phase and making panchayats unanimously would be considered a crime. He was also happy to point out that employees had continued to work even on holidays.
He warned that the EC would take action against anyone who violated the election code. According to some media reports, withdrawal of nominations ended on Sunday and several panchayats had remained unanimous, despite the EC warning.
The development gains significance in the light of the Congress allegation that money was being offered to candidates for not contesting the elections in the name of a unanimous election. The party urged the EC to take action to ensure that the polls are held in a fair manner.
“It is to bring to your kind notice that in the name of unanimous elections of panchayat sarpanches and ward members, in several places huge money is being offered to candidates for not contesting in the elections,” Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President Mallu Ravi said in a letter to State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy.
He said that apart from the money offered by local leaders, MLAs were also offering Rs 10 to Rs 15 lakh to the villages where unanimous elections were taking place.
“I request you to do the needful for conducting fair elections and protect democracy in Telangana state,” Ravi said.