GHMC election results 2020: BJP ahead of TRS as postal ballots are counted (Social Media)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was seen ahead of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as postal ballots were counted for the 150 ward Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections 2020 on Friday at various counting centres across Hyderabad.
The BJP was leading in 50 out of 86 divisions with the TRS ahead 25, as of 9:30am. The counting of votes is taking place through the ballot paper system and the first result is expected only after 11am. There are a total of 1,965 postal ballots in 150 divisions of the Hyderabad civic body.
TRS leader K Kavitha expressed confidence her party would win more than 100 seats, as against 99 it currently has in the GHMC, having been victorious in 2016.
During the high-pitched campaigning, the BJP fielded several heavyweights, with Union home minister Amit Shah. Also, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, party president JP Nadda and youth wing chief Tejasvi Surya canvassing in the IT hub. The BJP also raised its pitch to rename Hyderabad as ‘Bhagyanagar’ as well as over the alleged presence of Rohingyas and illegal immigrants in the city, promising a “surgical strike” if it wins the mayoral polls.
War of Words:
The planks raised by the BJP during campaigning triggered a war of words with the Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
Voting for the GHMC elections took place on December 1; the turnout, however, was dismal. In the 2016 elections, the AIMIM was second with 44 seats. Folllowed by the BJP with four seats, the Congress with two. And the Telugu Desam Party last with a single seat.
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