BJP’s Kishan Reddy casts vote, urges voters not to get lured by liquor

Reddy today cast his vote at a polling station in Barkatpura constituency in Hyderabad | File image | Photo: PTI

Telangana BJP chief G Kishan Reddy cast his vote for the Telangana Assembly elections and urged the people to do their duty by casting their votes.

Reddy today cast his vote at a polling station in Barkatpura constituency in Hyderabad.

Addressing the media, Reddy said, “People should exercise their right to vote. I appeal to the public to take their responsibility. I want to tell the public that this is their chance to choose your government. People should look at the candidate or party, don’t be tempted by drinks and other things.”

Reddy earlier alleged that opposition parties such as Congress and Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) have been distributing money and liquor in the election-bound state.

“Since yesterday morning, several parties, especially the Congress and the BRS party, have been distributing money. It is the duty of the Election Commission and officials to stop this. The elections must be peaceful. There must be freedom. I urge the Election Commission to stop the distribution of liquor. You shouldn’t scare anyone. If such work occurs despite the presence of an officer, action should be taken against that officer. Elections should be peaceful and fair,” he said while speaking to the media on Wednesday.

G Kishan Reddy, the current Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad constituency, has been deterred from contesting the 2023 Assembly Polls after he lost to BRS MLA M Venkatesh from Amberpet constituency in the 2018 Assembly Polls in Telangana.

Elections to the 119 Assembly constituencies in Telangana began on Thursday morning. As many as 2,290 candidates from 109 national and regional parties, including 221 women and one transgender, are in the fray.

Voters would exercise their franchise at 35,655 polling stations across the state. In 2018, BRS (then Telangana Rashtra Samithi) won 88 of the 119 seats and had 47.4 percent of the votes. The Congress came a distant second with just 19 seats.

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First print: November 30, 2023 | 10:18 am IST