The repolling conducted for three polling stations in Devagudi village under Jammalamadugu constituency went off peacefully amid tight police bandobast on Tuesday. 90 per cent polling percentage was recorded with voters coming out and casting their votes amid tight security cover.
The repolls were necessitated following the attack on police by C Sudheekar Reddy, son of Jammalamadugu YSRC candidate C Adinarayana Reddy along with other villagers on May 7 and also the TDP demanding repolling alleging irregularities. The Election Commission, after taking stock of the attack on police and other issues, ordered repolling at 80, 81 and 82 polling stations in Devagudi, the native village of Adinarayana Reddy. With repolling limited to only three polling stations in a single village, district SP GVG Ashok Kumar,who himself camped in the village, arranged a thick security cover by deploying nearly 200 police personnel at the polling stations giving scope for the people to utilise their vote right without any fear.
The TDP, which failed to keep its agents in the said polling station for about 25 years, succeeded in putting up their poll agents during the repolling in Devagudi, the bastion of Adinarayana Reddy. Jammalamadugu Assembly segment TDP candidate P Ramasubba Reddy himself sat at the polling station as an agent.
People in large numbers thronged the polling station and some voters came wearing black badges expressing protest over the conduct of repolling in their village. Though people and officials feared that violence will break out during repolling, the police officials heaved a sigh of relief after the conduct of polls peacefully. Kadapa Lok Segment candidates of YSRC and TDP YS Avinash Reddy and R Srinivasulu Reddy respectively, YSRC Assembly candidate Adinarayana Reddy observed the polling process in the village.