Ruling YSRCP sweeps Andhra Pradesh local body elections

The party has won 74 out of 75 municipalities and is on its way to securing control of all 12 corporations

Andhra Pradesh, NRC
The party said credit for the victory should go to the welfare schemes of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy | File photo: PTI

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Sunday registered a crushing victory in urban body elections in Andhra Pradesh.

The party won 74 out of 75 municipalities and was on its way to securing control of all 12 corporations.

The elections were held two years into the YSRCP’s rule. The party said credit for the victory should go to the welfare schemes of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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Twelve corporations and 75 municipalities and nagar panchayats went to polls on March 10. The corporations included Greater Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Vijayawada. In 90 of the 671 divisions in the 12 corporations, candidates won without a contest. In the municipalities and nagar panchayats, up to 490 wards chose members unanimously. The YSRCP had already bagged the Pulivendula (the chief minister’s home constituency), Punganuru, Piduguralla, and Macherla municipalities unopposed.

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The election, on Wednesday, was a triangular contest between the YSRCP, Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP and the BJP. There was a healthy turnout of more than 65 per cent, according to a PTI report based on poll panel sources. The state Election Commission deployed 5,195 staff, 2,376 counting supervisors, 7,412 staff in corporations and 1,941 supervisors in municipalities for the counting. Authorities also imposed Section 144 at the counting centres.

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