In a day marked by political tensions and sporadic clashes, Telangana's assembly polls commenced with a notable roster of political figures and celebrities making their way to the polling stations. Among those casting their votes were Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao, former cricketer and Congress candidate from Jubilee Hills Mohammed Azharuddin, and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. In addition to the political heavyweights, South Indian cinema icons, such as Allu Arjun, Junior NTR, Chiranjeevi, and Oscar-winning composer of the song 'Naatu-Naatu,' MM Keeravani, also participated in the democratic process.
Clashes at the Polls
However, the day was not without controversy. Altercations broke out at three to four locations, involving workers from Congress, BJP, and BRS. Central to the dispute was an allegation from a BRS worker that Congress President and party candidate Revanth Reddy's brother, Kondal Reddy, was unauthorizedly present inside a polling booth. This allegation led to reports of lathi charges at some places, further heightening the political tensions. The day's events were covered in the program 'Din Bhar'.
COP28 Conference Commences in UAE
While Telangana was gripped by election fever, the international environmental conference, COP28, commenced in the UAE. The conference, which will run until December 12, will host various sessions on environmental issues and climate change. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for the conference, where he will not only participate in the discussions but also hold bilateral meetings with other leaders. India and the UAE will jointly host two high-level events during the conference.
Global Participation at COP28
India will not be alone in its representation. A total of 167 leaders from around the world, including the Pope and King Charles, are set to attend the conference. The key discussion points for COP28 will center around environmental concerns and the global response to climate change, making it a critical platform for global environmental diplomacy.