Polling today began for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election, that witnessed a high-voltage campaign among the ruling TRS, opposition Congress, the TDP-BJP combine and MIM. The polling started at 7 AM and would continue till 5 PM. Nearly 72 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in about 7,000 polling stations. There are 150 divisions (wards) in the GHMC limits, which covers 24 Assembly segments in Telangana. About 1,300 candidates are in the fray.About 40,000 security personnel and others have been roped-in to see that no untoward incident takes place. Web casting of polling process is also being done.
TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who takes credit for turning the city into an IT hub, canvassed for the alliance candidates for two days. AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Telangana Congress leaders took part in the campaign for the party. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son and state IT and Panchayat raj Minister K T Rama Rao undertook a vigorous campaign to wrest the civic body in the metropolis. MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi was the star campaigner for his party.