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The TRS wave continued in the Cooperative elections in erstwhile Nalgonda district. Out of the total 109 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), the new bodies elected unanimously to 13 PACS and elections were held for the remaining 96. As TRS-supported candidates were elected as Directors of majority of the PACS, it will be a cakewalk for the party to win the chairman post of the District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB).

Of the total 21 PACS in Yadadri-Bhongir district, the party own 19 and Congress three. In Suryapet, of the total 46 PACS, 39 went to TRS and seven to Congress. In Nalgonda too, of the 42 PACS, TRS won 30 and the party has a chance to win to another three with the support of independent candidates. Congress won nine. As TRS got clear majority required for the DCCB Chairman, the leadership was reportedly making efforts for a unanimous election of the Nalgonda DCCB Chairman.

In Warangal, elections for the Director’s posts were held peacefully in the erstwhile Warangal district on Saturday. While there are 99 PACS that were schedule for the election, two (Nandanam and Singaram in Inavole mandal) became unanimous.

Following this, 97 PACS (Warangal Rural-31, Mahabubabad-18, Jangaon-14, Mulugu-12, Jayashankar Bhupalpally-10 and Warangal-12) went to polls. While there are a total of 1,260 Director posts, around 510 candidates were elected unanimously. Elections will be held for the remaining posts, according to officials.

Majority of the posts were won by candidates supported by the ruling TRS. Thus, the party would win the majority of the chairperson and vice-chairperson posts too, election for which is scheduled for Sunday.

In Khammam, the TRS party has claimed majority of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) in erstwhile Khammam following the election conducted on Saturday.

In all, there were 97 societies in both Khammam and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts. Of the 76 societies, the TRS unanimously has won 63 societies in Khammam. Thus the party has been placed in a comfortable place to rule the District Central Cooperative Bank (DCCB).

The party won 34 societies unanimously and 29 of the 42 societies for which elections were held in Khammam. Congress has won four societies, CPI-1, CPM- 5, Kutami-1 and independents-2. Similarly in Kothagudem district, the TRS men won 16 PACS of the 18 societies for which elections were conducted. After polling on Saturday, Kutami won Mulkalapalli society and at Cherla Congress and TRS won six wards each and one ward was won by independent.

The election to Bhadrachalam PACS, where election will take place by showing of hands, was postponed due to lack of quorum. According to officials, there were only 40 eligible voters and of them 20 turned out. The quorum required was 27. The election to Bhadrachalam PACS was expected to be conducted on Sunday, informed the officials. It might be noted that the TRS won two societies unanimously in Kothagudem before elections. The election of PACS chairman and vice takes place on Sunday, informed the officials. Meanwhile, tension prevailed some place in Palair and Kusumanchi mandals, at Beerolu in Tirumalayapalem mandal in Khammam and at Kothagudem during the election. Different factions have reported to heated arguments over alleged malpractice.

In Nizamabad, the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Credit Societies (PACS) elections were held peacefully in erstwhile Nizamabad district, which registered 82.83 polling percentage, while Kamareddy district registered 82.77.

In Nizamabad, elections were held for 63 PACS and 411 TCS. There were a total of 45,309 voters in the 411 societies. Of the total voters, 37,718 cast their vote, taking the poll percentage to 83.246 in the elections. In Kamareddy district, there were 43 PACS with 49,700 voters. A total of 41,137 voters cast their vote, registering a poll percentage of 82.77.

Erstwhile Nizamabad district has 144 PACS, of which 38 were elected unanimously. Elections were held for 741 director posts and 2,566 candidates contested in the elections.

In Suryapet, former sarpanch of Elkaram village and TRS leader Vonteddu Venkanna was hacked to death allegedly by Congress workers here on Saturday. Political rivalry between TRS and Congress leaders over the sarpanch elections may have led to the incident, police suspect.

The incident sparked tension in the village, following which police forces were rushed from Suryapet. According to eye witness K Madhu, nearly 20 Congress workers chased Venkanna with swords when they were going to BC Colony to meet some voters during the PACS elections. The TRS leader ran into the house of one Avudoddi Veeraiah and hid between paddy bags. Five Congress workers barged into the house, hacked Venkanna to death and smashed his head with a big stone. The victim’s wife Nirmala alleged that Madhu colluded with the Congress leaders and helped them kill her husband. She alleged that Congress’ Vadde Yellaiah hatched a plan to kill her husband. On the request of Madhu, Venkanna stepped out of the house after midnight to meet some voters.

Nirmala suspects the involvement of some police officials too. According to her, Venkanna’s body was shifted to Area Hospital of Suryapet for post-mortem without the police collecting evidence properly and before the dog squad could reach the spot. DSP Nageshwar Rao said a group of persons attacked Venkanna near BC Colony between 1 am and 2 am. “We are trying to identify the persons involved. A police picket was also set up,” he said. Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy visited the mortuary and consoled the bereaved family. The PACS elections were held at the village on Saturday amid tight security.

According to sources, TRS conducted a camp with some voters at a private function hall a couple of days ago to ensure victory of their candidate in the PACS elections. A clash broke out when Congress members went to the function hall two days ago saying their members were being forcibly kept in the camp.




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