Adivasi candidate in Telangana MLC election despite TRS ‘pressure

HYDERABAD: As expected, the election of six TRS candidates was a foregone conclusion and they were declared elected unopposed as MLCs under the Local Authorities Constituencies. However, the elections to the six remaining vacant seats must be conducted on December 10 as a few Congress candidates, as well as Independents, have decided to remain in the fray on Friday, the last day of withdrawal of nominations.
Interestingly, the day also witnessed high drama at Adilabad Collectorate when TRS leaders reportedly exerted pressure on Independent candidate P Pushparani from the Adivasi community to withdraw her nomination.
In fact, they went to the extent of informing the Collector that Pushparani has withdrawn her candidature. However, the Collector refused to accept their version and the election officials wanted a confirmation from the candidate herself. Later in the day, Pushparani turned up at the Collectorate and informed the officials that she is still in the fray as an Independent. She and her supporters from the Adivasi community staged a protest in front of the office and were later detained by the cops. They were released afterward.

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