Despite the thick controversy over the large scale misappropriations in the voters’ list, the Election Commission is said to be planning to hold Telangana State Assembly elections in the last week of November. Indications are that the EC had taken up the electoral rolls issue and looking at the complaints given by the Opposition parties on the fake voters.
The EC is geared up to have a thorough check of the voters list soon and remove double entries or the names of dead in the next couple of weeks. It plans to finish this exercise by the end of October and publish the final list by the last week of October or the first week of November.
As the EC is already geared up for the voters’ list verification in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram where the elections are due in December, the same exercise would be adopted to Telangana, but a few weeks in advance. The EC had already started the exercise to identify the election staff from the booth level and is planning for a training programme for them sometime in October.
Meanwhile, Telangana Rastra Samithi chief Chandrasekhar Rao had already directed the party candidates to be prepared for the polls. He had also asked the rank and file of the party to get ready for the battle in November. The party candidates have already started identification of the election agents, counting agents in their respective constituencies. These agents too, perhaps for the first time, are being trained to handle the election.
The party committees at the booth level were also geared up to mobilise voters in its favour without waiting for the last minute. These committees were asked to list out the benefits rolled out to the people from the government in the last four years. The booth committees were armed with the information on the welfare programmes implemented by the government and the committees would verify these with the voters and make them vote for the party once again. This exercise is already going on all over with the party candidates closely monitoring.