The bypolls in Medak Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana and Nandigama assembly segment in Andhra Pradesh took place without a single untoward incident on Saturday but the turn-out was less than what it was during the general elections in May.
Campaigning ended on Thursday for by-elections to 3 Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies across nine states on September 13 which are expected to be yet another major test of Narendra Modi government's popularity since it assumed power in May.
A shrill campaign is on for the high-stakes Medak Lok Sabha bypoll in Telangana, which has been necessitated after the resignation of Telengana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of the ruling TRS, with the Congress and the Telugu Desam (TDP)-BJP combine leaving no stone unturned to win the contest.
In a war of words between TRS and BJP-TDP combine in the run-up for the Medak bypoll, BJP nominee T Jayaprakash Reddy Monday said the TRS leaders should stop attacking him and debate on issue of development instead.
Thoorpu Jayaprakash Reddy, a former Congress MLA who had recently joined BJP, was on Wednesday made the party candidate from Medak Parliamentary constituency in Telangana following which he filed his nomination papers.
The toll in the school bus-train collision at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana`s Medak district Tuesday rose to 18 after a 11-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital here, even as the condition of four other students remained critical.
President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed deep condolence over the tragic death of 15 children in a train-school bus collision in Medak district of Telangana last week and has wished speedy recovery for those who have sustained injuries.
The death toll in the last week`s school bus-train collision at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana`s Medak district rose to 17 with a seven-year-old boy succumbing to his injuries at a private hospital here today, even as the condition of five other students remained critical.
It is like "rebirth" for six-year-old Darshan Goud, who was mistakenly believed to have been killed in the terrible train-school bus collision at an unmanned railway crossing that left 16 persons, including 14 children, dead in Telangana`s Medak district.
Congress on Thursday strongly urged the government to accord priority to road and rail safety in the country even as it expressed sorrow over the accident in Telangana in which 16 schoolchildren lost their lives.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced a Rs five lakh ex-gratia each to the families of those killed in Masayipet bus-train accident in Medak district on Thursday, and ordered an inquiry.
Sixteen persons - 14 school children, the driver and the cleaner - were killed and at least 20 students were injured as a train crashed into the private bus in which they were travelling at an unmanned railway crossing at Masaipet village in Telangana`s Medak district Thursday morning.