It was just a little over half-an-hour into counting this morning that the green flags of JD(S) started fluttering around Maharani’s Commerce and Management College.
There was euphoria in the air for the supporters and party workers of JD(S) MLA G.T. Devegowda (GTD), who was pitted against the incumbent Congress Chief Minister Siddharamaiah in Chamundeshwari Constituency, as the initial trends showed the former surging.
There was hardly any Congress worker visible, probably realising that defeat was staring them in the face.
Meanwhile, the workers of JD(S), apart from expressing their glee at the healthy lead of their leader, also displayed their anger at Siddharamaiah.
“This is a dream come true for us. Siddharamaiah is paying for all his mistakes. He removed V. Sreenivasa Prasad and distanced himself from A.H. Vishwanath. Both turned against him and supported the JD(S) candidate. He can never again become the Chief Minister as he never supported Dalits,” said a few JD(S) workers speaking to Star of Mysore.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) have been imposed from 6 am to 11 pm across Mysuru district in view of the counting of votes.
DC Abhiram G. Sankar said the prohibitory orders had been imposed to ensure law and order and prevent confrontation between the supporters of candidates who win the elections, and the supporters of the others.
Mysuru City Police Commissioner Dr. A. Subramanyeswara Rao too has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC from 6 am to 11 pm in areas falling under the Commissionerate of Mysuru City Police.
To ensure free flow of traffic, the City Traffic Police restricted vehicular movement near the counting centres from 6 am to 10 pm. Vehicular movement has been restricted on the roads near the counting centres.
No vehicle is allowed on Valmiki Road, Adipampa Road, Mathrumandali Circle, from Paduvarahalli traffic signal to Kalamandira, St. Joseph’s College on Hunsur Road to Paduvarahalli traffic signal, Kalidasa Road and around Maharani’s Commerce and Management College. The Police have identified alternative routes for the commuters in and around NIE-IT. Vehicular movement has been banned on KIADB High Tension Double Road.
While the first two-tier of security to the counting centres have been provided by the Central Parliamentary Force including Central Industrial Security Force and Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), the city Police have provided the third level security to the counting centres.
They include City Armed Reserve Police, City Commando Force and Mounted Police.
Anti-sabotage check teams, dog squad and bomb squads have been deployed. As many as 120 personnel are deputed for security purpose in the core areas of counting.
At the two counting centres, the City Police have deployed five Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACPs) who will report to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCPs). This apart, there are 22 Inspectors, 34 Sub-Inspectors, 102 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 266 Head Constables, 411 Constables and 50 Women Police staff.