SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com The great INDIAN showcase Come October and the travel calender gets busy with a host of indigenous festivals that celebrate India’s culture, music and art, and literary wealth. Here’s a lowdown on festivals to watch out for… H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TS POLLS ON DEC 7 Single day elections in MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram; 2-day poll in Chhattisgarh New Delhi: Setting the stage for the high-stakes battle between TRS and the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year, the Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for the Assembly elections for Telangana on December 7. The EC has also notiﬁed the schedule for Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh along with Telangana. Counting of votes in all the states will be done on December 11, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said announcing the schedule at a press conference here. Voting will be held in a single phase in Telangana and Rajasthan on December 7, and Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on November 28, Rawat said, adding that Chhattisgarh will vote in two phases on November 12 and November 20. The BJP and the Congress will face head on in Madhya Pradesh (230 seats), Rajasthan (200) and Chhattisgarh (90), where the saffron is in power while in Telangana (119) the TRS is seeking a second term. In Mizoram (40) the Congress is the ruling party. Continued on Page 4 TS POLL SCHEDULE 12 NOV Gazette Notification 19 NOV Last date of nominations 20 NOV Scrutiny 22 NOV Last date for withdrawal CEC OP Rawat addressing a press conference in Delhi, on Saturday MODEL CODE COMES INTO FORCE Hyderabad: With the announcement of elections in five states along with Telangana, the model code of conduct (MCC) has come into force immediately, which will be applicable to the Union government also insofar as announcements and polity decisions pertaining to the states. Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said the people's representatives have been asked to stop using official vehicles during poll campaign. Ministers are entitled to use their official vehicles only for commuting from their official residence to their office for official work provided such commuting is not combined with any electioneering or any political activity. Continued on Page 4 07 DEC POLL DATE 11 DEC COUNTING A school where snakes, centipedes have a free run ADEPU MAHENDER Mahabubabad: Where you ﬁnd snakes, centipedes and scorpions have a free run, and school teachers need helmets not for their bike ride but to protect them from the falling cement ﬂakes of staffroom roof, that’s the Zilla Parishad High School at Rampur under Students boycott mid-day meals at Zilla Parishad High School at Rampur under Maripeda mandal in Mahabubabad district on Saturday Maripeda mandal, 170 km east of Hyderabad. The lone cubbyhole-like staffroom was built way back in 1982 and since then the school is as it was without any sign of development this despite the ruling party leaders claim that government is committed to providing high-quality care and education within an inclusive and enabling environment. The villagers donated a tin roof each for the construction of classrooms to provide shade to their children some 30 years ago. Although the locals made fervent appeals repeatedly to the authorities concerned, little did happen for the comfort of students and staff. The ﬁve tin roof classrooms that have no doors and windows host Classes from VI to SSC. Presently, the number of students studying in the school is 90. Continued on Page 4 Poll date spurs Cong to speed up campaign OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: With the Election Commission of India (ECI) announcing the schedule for Telangana election, the Congress is all set to speed up the poll campaign to be held for 61 days beginning from October 10 onwards. Though the Congress has formally launched the campaign on October 4 at Alampur in Gadwal district, the proposed campaign would acquire momentum. The party leaders would address about three meetings every day in the next two months to come. The Congress has also speeded up the selection of candidates for the elections and the Pradesh Election Committee met on Saturday to pick up the probable nominees on 1:3 propotion. The 41-member Election Committee has met under the chairmanship of PCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy at a private resort. The party state affairs incharge RC Khuntia and other leaders participated in the meeting. According to sources the PEC has picked three names for each constituency, excluding those represented by sitting MLAs, former ministers and former MLAs. The sources said that the party would give tickets to about 40 former MLAs, former ministers and sitting MLAs in the next elections. The party leaders said that the PEC would send names for all the constituencies and the AICC would ﬁnalise the names of the candidates to the constituencies which would be contested by the party after leaving the seats to the alliance partners. They said that the AICC has held two surveys party-wise and candidate-wise with the Congress leaders of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The PCC has also conducted two surveys in the same manner. A team of psephologist have conducted the surveys to assess the winning chances of aspirants. The aspirants have been given one to three ranks according to the opinion of the masses. The list being prepared by the PEC would be given to the Screening Committee of the AICC which would visit the state from October 10 to 13. Continued on Page 4
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