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Andhra Pradesh Phase 2 gram panchayat poll: YCP set to sweep, TDP distant second

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New Delhi, Feb 13: Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP candidates are leading on majority of seats in the Andhra Pradesh gram panchayat second phase polls while TDP is reported to be a distant second.

Jagan Mohan Reddy

As per reports, YCP backed candidates have won 1189 Sarpanch seats while TDP backed candidates have so far bagged only 191 seats. BJP's ally Jana Sena has won eight seats so far while others including independent candidates have won 34 seats.

The second phase of polling for 2,786 panchayats in Andhra Pradesh ended peacefully with 81.61 percent voter turnout.

The State Election Commission (SEC), in a statement in Amaravati on Saturday, however, did not provide the total number of eligible voters.

The Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gautam Sawang, in a statement, said the second phase of polls ended peacefully.

According to the figures provided by the SEC, Prakasam district witnessed the highest turnout with 86.60 while Srikakulam saw 72.87 percent.

Polling began at 6.30 am and ended at 3.30 pm. The counting of votes began at 4 pm, a poll official said.

Elections were also held to elect 20,817 ward members.

With two phases being over, the polls would be conducted in another two phases till 21 February.

Though the elections were to be held for 3,328 panchayat sarpanchs, 539 have been unanimously elected while no nominations were filed for three villages, an official press release had said on Friday.

As many as 7,507 candidates contested for sarpanch posts and 44,876 were in the fray for ward members.

The elections were held using ballot paper and without any political party symbols.

Totally, 29,304 polling stations were set up out of which 5,480 have been identified as sensitive and 4,181 as hypersensitive, the release had said.

All necessary precautions were in place as per COVID-19 protocols amid tight security.

Meanwhile, the SEC issued orders directing the Krishna (rural) district police to register a case against state Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao for his alleged derogatory remarks against the poll body under section 504 (intentionally insulting) and 506 (criminal intimidation), among others.

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