The counting of votes for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has started. Voting for 150 seats in the GHMC had taken place on 1 December with this year’s elections becoming a high-profile affair. The BJP had deployed its big names including Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath among others to campaign for its candidates.
While Amit Shah promised to end the ‘Nizam culture’ after winning the elections, Adityanath said his party would work towards changing the city’s name from Hyderabad to Bhagyanagar.
According to news agency PTI, the election commission has created 30 counting centres with over 8,000 officials taking part in the process. Three main parties in the fray are Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM, the BJP and the ruling party of Telangana, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
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08:01 AM: We are expecting to win over 100 seats. Although many big leaders from BJP came to campaign and made many false claims, I’m happy that people of Hyderabad did not believe in them & reposed their faith in KCR’s leadership: Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha (ANI)