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Ticket aspirants try to make the most of Ganesh festival

Deccan Chronicle.| Puli Sharat Kumar

Published on: September 17, 2023 | Updated on: September 17, 2023
Ticket aspirants try to make the most of Ganesh festival (Photo: DC File)

Ticket aspirants try to make the most of Ganesh festival (Photo: DC File)

Warangal/karimnagar: To grab the attention of the people and show their supremacy in the constituency from which they are aspiring to contest in the coming Assembly elections, political leaders of major parties are competing with each other in distributing idols to make the most of the nine-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the Warangal and Karimnagar districts.

Last year, around 3,800 Ganesh idols were installed under the limits of the Warangal Police Commissionerate while around 3,200 idols were under Karimnagar police commissionerate and around 3,000 in the Ramagundam police commissionerate limits.

N. Varadhacharyulu, a member of the Ganesh Utsav Committee of Pinnavariweedi of Warangal city, said that with the ticket aspirants of all parties were reaching out to various unions, committees and pandal organizers by distributing idols. Some of them were offering organisers in their respective constituencies donations ranging from `50,000 to `60,000 for the establishment of pandals and celebrations which will start on Monday, apart from arranging idols they wanted, he said.

While the BRS nominees were trying to grab every opportunity to lure the voters, the ticket aspirants of other parties were focusing on placating the organisers and Utsav committees donations in their localities.

One of the BJP leaders of Hanamkonda, who collected the data of youth committees and unions in various colonies, assured them of presenting Ganesh idols ranging from 4 to 8 feet in height investing costing `8,000 to `15,000 and had already given bulk orders for the same. On the other hand, Congress leaders were offering `10,000 to each Ganesh pandal in their constituencies.

A. Eshwar Goud, a member of Netaji Youth Committee of Telangana Chowk in Karimnagar said that they had decided to establish a Ganesh pandal for the first time and formed a new Utsav Committee in their colony after learning about the donations by the political leaders. "We are going to celebrate the festival on a grand note this time in our colony," he added.

The organisers and Utsav committees were busy making arrangements for setting up pandals and booking huge idols, providing electricity, vehicles for processions, the conduct of annadhanam and cultural programmes, erecting flexes of the leaders who donated for the nine-day fete under the limits of the three police commissionerates.
Meanwhile, with the orders issued by the police commissioners A.V.Ranganath, Subbarayudu and Rema Rajeshwari of Warangal, Karimnagar and Ramagundam police commissionerates respectively, the police will provide three-tier security arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents during the celebrations.

The officials also issued guidelines to the organisers about the steps that should be taken by them right from the time of the erecting pandals to the idol immersion.

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