Hype, grapevine and tension were all in good measure in the presidential election at the Assembly. Jagan’s coming for voting was the high point of the day
In an interesting and exciting presidential election today full of drama, many bunked and many bonged. While the Congress, YSRC, MIM and BJP besides the lone Lok Satta MP had been engaged in the presidential voting in the Assembly, the opposition TDP, TRS and CPI stayed away. By 11.30 am some 30 per cent voting had been completed, the chief electoral office said.
But, suddenly, buzz spread that four TDP MLAs and one MLC had turned up at the Assembly with an apparent intention to vote despite the party diktat. However, three vanished soon after and two remained. Of them, Chinnam Ramkotaiah declared that he would vote. This created a sudden uproar in and outside the Assembly. Rumours were flying thick and fast and many sent out their theory to the media persons waiting outside as to who the ‘rebel’ MLAs of the TDP would vote for. Sources, claiming to be close to the party, floated a whisper that more are likely to come from the bicycle camp as the voting goes on till 5pm.
Meanwhile, despite a ban of the gathering of four or more people for a two kilometre radius around the Assembly in view of the voting, a tense situation prevailed as the riot police took position to prevent a reported protest procession by the OU JAC. Meanwhile, news of YSRC chief Jaganmohan Reddy coming to vote generated much excitement. The news of incarcerated minister Mopidevi Venkatramana and Jagan leaving the Chanchalguda prison by 12pm stirred a sudden rush of energy in and outside the Assembly.
Police, marshals and functionaries, were all seen visibly tense and in a state of flux.