Hyderabad: Telangana Assembly Elections 2018, which began on a dull note, picked up by mid-day. Long queues of voters were seen at several booths in rural areas. According to Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said the polling has so far been peaceful and smooth.
Over 2.80 crore electorate are all set to elect their representatives for the 119-member Assembly on Friday. The voting began at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm. The state is witnessing a triangular battle between Congress-led alliance, the ruling TRS, and the BJP.
In the fray are 1,821 candidates contesting from 119 constituencies. The state has a total of 32,815 polling stations across. Thirteen constituencies have been classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected where the polling ends one hour before (4 pm).
Nearly one lakh police personnel including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states have been deployed in poll duties.
The Congress alliance “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) consists of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI). Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR)-led TRS is seeking a second term in office.
Here are the live updates of Telangana Assembly Elections:
7 December 2018, 12:54 PM
BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya casts his vote.
7 December 2018, 12:24 PM
7 December 2018, 12:22 PM
Tennis ace Jwala Gutta’s name goes missing from voter list. “How’s the election fair…when names r mysteriously disappearing from the list!!,” she tweeted.
7 December 2018, 12:13 PM
Tennis star Sania Mirza cast her vote at Film Nagar Cultural Center in Hyderabad
7 December 2018, 12:03 PM
The polling, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m. has picked up in the last two hours. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas. Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said the polling has so far been peaceful and smooth.
7 December 2018, 12:02 PM
Telangana records 23.16% voter turnout till 11 am. According to information reaching the election authorities in Hyderabad, 23.17 per cent of over 2.8 crore voters have cast their votes in the first four hours.
7 December 2018, 11:59 AM
“Appealing to the citizens of Telangana to exercise their right to vote today. Remember that every vote counts and will make a difference,” tweets TDP chief and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu.
7 December 2018, 11:53 AM
In a tweet, Owaisi alleged that Congress Nampally candidate tried to bribe voters.
7 December 2018, 11:52 AM
7 December 2018, 10:19 AM
Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP K Kavitha stands in a queue to cast her vote at polling booth:
7 December 2018, 10:18 AM
Telangana leaders Kadiyam Srihari, Harihs Rao, Pocharama Srinivas Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Jagadish Reddy cast their votes.
7 December 2018, 10:16 AM
Voting turnout till 9.30 am in Telangana is 10.15 per cent.
7 December 2018, 10:15 AM
Actor-politician Chiranjeevi along with his wife K. Surekha stood in queue along with commoners and exercised their franchise. Chiranjeevi later told reporters that it is the duty of each and everyone to cast his vote. The former central minister and Congress party leader, however, parried questions about politics. “I came to here to cast my vote as a common citizen,” he said when asked about the prospects of Congress-led People`s Front. Chiranjeevi, who had been focusing on films last four years, stayed away from campaigning in Telangana.
7 December 2018, 10:15 AM
Popular personalities from Telugu film industry cast their votes on Friday. Superstar K. Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, director Rajamouli, actors Venkatesh, Allu Arjun, Amala Akkineni and Nithin were among the Tollywood personalities who exercised their franchise. They appealed to all citizens to come out and to exercise their democratic right.
7 December 2018, 09:49 AM
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote in Hyderabad.
7 December 2018, 08:53 AM
7 December 2018, 08:42 AM
Reports of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) malfunction emerging. Voting began late in few polling centres due to technical glitches in EVMs.
7 December 2018, 08:37 AM
BJP’s G Kishan Reddy casts his vote at polling booth no.7 in Kachiguda, Hyderabad.
7 December 2018, 08:36 AM
Actor Allu Arjun stands in a queue to cast his vote at booth no. 152 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
7 December 2018, 08:17 AM
Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and his wife and actor Amala Akkineni stand in a queue to cast their votes at booth no. 151 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
7 December 2018, 07:53 AM
Voting is yet to begin at the polling station at GHMC Indoor Stadium, Amberpet, Hyderabad, due to a technical problem.
7 December 2018, 07:51 AM
Telangana: State Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao casts his vote in polling booth no 102 in Siddipet constituency.
7 December 2018, 07:28 AM
7 December 2018, 07:22 AM
Out of a total of 280,747,22 voters, 1,41,56,182 are men and 1,39,05,811 women. The electorate also includes 10,038 service voters and 249 overseas Indian electors. Serilingampalli constituency in Greater Hyderabad has over 5.75 lakh voters, the highest in the state, while Bhadrachalam in Khammam district has least voters – 1.37 lakh.
7 December 2018, 07:20 AM
According to Telangana`s Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 pm. Over 50,000 security personnel including 18,860 drafted from neighbouring states and central forces were deployed as part of the massive security arrangements. Election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations, he added.
7 December 2018, 07:18 AM
7 December 2018, 07:07 AM
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)`s state President K Laxman is contesting from Musheerabad in Hyderabad, while All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Akbaruddin Owaisi is seeking election from Chandrayangutta in Hyderabad for a fifth consecutive term. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder NT Rama Rao`s granddaughter N. Suhasini is another key candidate contesting in these polls.
7 December 2018, 07:04 AM
Congress party`s Telangana unit chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, who may emerge as a strong contender for the Chief Minister`s post in the event of Congress-led People`s Front coming to power, is contesting for a third consecutive term. Revanth Reddy, another key contestant whose midnight arrest on Tuesday triggered a storm, is contesting from Kodangal – a politically sensitive constituency. Another Working President of Congress Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is the party candidate from Madhira (SC). Former Central Minister Sarve Satyanarayana is contesting on Congress ticket from Secunderabad Cantonment (SC).
7 December 2018, 07:03 AM
KCR`s son KT Rama Rao, who is number two in both party and government, is aiming for a third term from Sircilla constituency. KCR`s nephew and cabinet minister T. Harish Rao appears set to retain Siddipet seat for the fourth term in a row. Among the other ministers, Etela Rajender, who holds finance portfolio, is testing his fortunes once again from Huzurabad.
7 December 2018, 07:03 AM
7 December 2018, 07:00 AM
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief KCR is seeking re-election from Gajwel constituency in Siddipet district. The 64-year-old, who never lost an Assembly or Lok Sabha elections since making his debut in 1985, is confident of yet another victory.
7 December 2018, 06:58 AM
The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation of the TRS government eight months ahead of the schedule in the hope of taking the Opposition parties by surprise.