Telangana MLA Harisrh Rao won election in hyderabad water works union election with a majority of 98 votes against Mukesh goud son vikram. The polling began at nine in the morning and in the evening jalamandali for five hours until the close of polling.
Harisrh Rao got 1547 votes where as Vikam got 1449 a difference of 98 votes. Total 22 polling stations and around 4000 voters in hyderabad water works union. E. Peddi Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party got 249 votes and where as Ahmed Bin Abdulla Balala got 473 votes .
Total votes polled : 3784
TRS MLA T. Harish Rao has himself jumped into the fray and is contesting for the president’s post of the TRS-backed Hyderab-ad Water Works and Sewerage Kamgar Union. He is facing the formidable M. Vikram Goud, son of marketing minister M. Mukesh Goud, who was president of the Water Works Employees Union (the recognised union) for 10 years, and is now vacating the seat for his son.
Others in the fray are former minister E. Peddi Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party (Trade Unions Joint Action Committee), and MIM MLA from Malakpet Ahmed Bin Abdulla Balala (Hyderabad Water Supply and Sewerage Board Union).
The union that wins the election to become the officially recognised union will have control over the water supply and sewerage network in the city, as right from the linemen who open the valves for drinking water supply in the colonies every day, to drainage workers clearing the chokes in the network of sewers, comprise the voters. A call from the recognised union is enough to stop water supply and even disconnect drainage lines.
“It is very important to have control over water supply in Greater Hyderabad so that no one dares to even think of excluding Hyderabad from Telangana state. Also, winning the election in the Water Board will send a loud and clear message to the Centre that Telangana sentiment is strong in the state capital too.
The results will be out on March 23 and our appeal to voters is to ensure victory of the TRS-backed union so that the pressure of Sansad March on April 29 and April 30 is more on the Centre,” Harish Rao told this correspondent.
Stating that though a TRS-backed union is in power in the GHMC it has never stopped garbage lifting operations in the city without a valid reason, Rao said, “We do not want to cause inconvenience to the people.
But if needed, we can stop garbage lifting from ministers’ quarters in the city and also disconnect the drainage line or block sewerage lines. This will be the last resort if government does not grant statehood to Telangana. Winning the union elections is crucial to showcase our T-stren-gth in Greater Hydera-bad,” Mr Rao said.