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Prayer for peace

POLL PITCH

Tirumala, April 28: Andhra Pradesh governor E.S.L. Narasimhan visited the Tirupati shrine yesterday and prayed for smooth election in the state and transfer of powers after the bifurcation.

The visit comes after his recent trip to Delhi, where President Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod for extending central rule in the state from May 1. A gazette notification for the same will be issued in a day or two.

Narasimhan, accompanied by his wife Nirmala during his Tirupati visit, will be the custodian of law-and-order in Hyderabad for 10 years, the period when the city will be the common capital of Telangana and residual Andhra. The Centre has allocated two advisers — A.N. Roy and Salauddin Ahmed — to Narasimhan to handle the bifurcation and smooth transition of powers to both the states by June 2.

Affidavits rule

New Delhi (PTI): The Election Commission has said people were free to approach courts directly against candidates for concealing information in nomination papers after being flooded with complaints of alleged falsification of poll affidavits.

The EC said while earlier an aggrieved persons could approach the returning officer with a complaint against a candidate, now it is open to people to move a petition before the court.

CCTV booths

Vadodara (PTI): All 1,591 polling booths in Vadodara constituency, where Narendra Modi is in the fray, are being equipped with CCTV cameras and the overall electoral process on April 30 will be videographed, a senior officer said.