Cuttack-Barabati MLA Mohammad Moquim said that Odisha government has taken a step towards holding the polls after all-round criticism.
While the low turnout of voters in Belagavi was apparently due to COVID fear - which still prevails among residents - the poor voting in Kalaburagi was attributed to the neglect of party workers.
Sources said the BJD party has planned to install video-conferencing facilities at all panchayat headquarters to closely monitor and follow its organisational activities at the grassroots level.
Accusing the SEC of playing into the hands of the ruling BJD, the BJP said the constitutional body has created a crisis by deliberately deferring the civic polls for nearly three years.
The three-day visit of BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh was part of this exercise.
The High Court deplored the SEC for going ahead with the elections and asked it if it was necessary even at the cost of people’s the lives.
The number of YSRC corporators increased to 45 as an independent corporator joined YSRC in the presence of Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita.
Ch Balamurali Krishna was elected as chairman of Markapur municipality and Janjanam Srinivasa Rao chairman of Chirala municipality.
On Thursday, amid high tension and heavy police bandobast, the councillors reached the municipal office for electing the chairperson and deputy.
Basha took part in the party campaign in the previous elections to the Rayachoti municipality and played an important role in the victory of the YSRC candidate.
It nominated BCs and women for civic chief posts of several general category seats.
The court felt that Deepak Reddy will have the right to exercise his ex-officio vote in Rayadurg municipality, where he had the voting right while filing papers for the MLC election.
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Jana Sena Party came third with 4.67% votes and BJP gets 2.47%; NOTA has more vote share than Congress, Left.