Parkal records highest percent in voting

The keenly contested Parkal bypoll saw a record 83.52 polling on Tuesday as strong Telangana sentiment and cool weather condition all through the day, got voters to turn up in large numbers in all the 228 polling stations across the constituency.

The high poll percentage in Parkal constituency, which has a voter base of 1.87 lakh, is said to be the highest in its recorded history.

During 2009 poll, the Parkal constituency recorded 76.46 percentage.

Poll authorities recorded a jump in the poll percentage at 3 pm when it suddenly shot to 70.99 per cent from 35 per cent they recorded at 1 pm.

The polling percentage was at its lowest at 10.56 at 11 am and a lowly 5 at 9 am. Of the 229 polling stations, the poll authorities had installed web cameras in 129 stations with support from IIIT Basar students while in the rest, they had deployed videographers.

Ground reports suggest that the vote as being cast mainly to end the Konda couple’s domination politics in Parkal constituency besides supporting a party, which is seen as espousing the Telangana issue.

The voting was peaceful throughout the constituency barring sporadic instances of protests against police personnel outside polling stations at a few places after voters were unnecessarily lathicharged.

The police had a tough time controlling a group of 20 voters at Urugonda village near Durgempet polling station in Atmakur after they retaliated against police lathicharge by damaging a police jeep before staging a road blockade.

Sources said police lathicharged the 20-member group when they were returning to their village Damannapet in a single authorickshaw.

The incident left two people namely N Pramila and P Narsaiah severely injured while six others sustained minor injuries, which forced the villagers to retaliate against the policemen.

Fearing physical attack by the villagers, two constables on bandobust duty, fled from the scene.

In two other instances, the police resorted to lathicharge at Pulizilla and Pulikurthi polling station in Parkal and Atmakur mandals respectively when local voters and party workers allegedly violated the 100-metre rule near the polling stations.

Following the police lathicharge in Pulizilla, a large group of local residents staged a dharna near the polling station forcing poll authorities to tender an apology.

There is also an instance of a government employee and a YSR Congress sympathiser named Ashwin turning up to work as poll agent in Dharmaram village in Gesukonda mandal.