Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao, Union Minister of State G. Kishan Reddy and MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi were among the leaders who cast their vote in the first hour in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections on Tuesday.
Rama Rao, who led the ruling party in the campaign, and his wife exercised their franchise at Nandinagar polling station in Banjara Hills. Speaking on the occasion, the state municipal administration minister appealed to all voters to cast their votes.
“In a democracy, only those who cast their votes will have the right to question,” he said and appealed to voters to come out and vote.
Rama Rao, who is the son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, urged voters to participate in voting. “Think before voting what kind of public representatives you want for the development of Hyderabad,” he said.
Kishan Reddy and his wife cast their votes at a polling booth in Kachiguda. The union minister appealed to all voters to exercise their right to franchise.
“In the Constitution drafted by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, from President of the country to an ordinary citizen everybody has a right to vote. Everyone should use this important weapon. People should not merely complain about governments not working properly but should use their constitutional right to ensure that they elect good public representatives,” said Kishan Reddy, who is a member of Parliament from Secunderabad. BJP OBC Morcha president K. Laxman came to a polling center in Chikkadpalli to cast his vote.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi cast his vote at Shastrippuram in the old city. “I exercised my right to vote. I am appealing to voters to come out and use their voting right for the development of the city, especially old city, and for protecting the city’s composite culture, heritage, and language,” he said.
Owaisi urged voters to come out and vote to increase the polling percentage and strengthen democracy.