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Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Telangana voted today to choose the winner after Congress-TDP, TRS and BJP's high voltage campaigns.

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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Voting for assembly elections 2018 has ended with about a 70 percent turnaround. Elections ended on a peaceful note, barring minor incidents.

This is the first full-fledged election in India's youngest election. In the 2014 elections held in united Andhra Pradesh, had registered a voter turnout of 68.9 percent.

The polling, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up after 9. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said barring sporadic incidents, the polling was peaceful and smooth in all 32,815 polling stations across 31 districts.

In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There were 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.

candidate Vamshichand Reddy was injured in stone pelting by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Nagarkurnool district. He was admitted to a hospital.

Tension prevailed in Kodangal constituency where the midnight arrest of Working President Revanth Reddy on December 4 had triggered a huge row, leading to transfer of Vikarabad District Superintendent of Police by the Election Commission.

Voters at several places complained that their names were missing from the voters' list. Some voters staged protests after officials did not allow them to exercise their franchise in the absence of voter slips.

Prominent people whose names were missing from the voter's list include family members of Finance Minister E. Rajender. Shuttler Jwala Gutta tweeted that her name was missing from the list.

Many celebrities including superstar Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu voted but this failed to enthuse the voters as overall turnout remained less than 40 per cent by 3 p.m.

Chief Minister and Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.

Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Congress writes to Election Commission, alleges attack on party candidates by TRS and BJP workers  Letter to Chief Electoral Officer regarding attacks on Congress candidates by TRS & BJP workers, requesting immediate action. pic.twitter.com/Lwdob4HUMj — Telangana Congress (@INCTelangana) December 7, 2018

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

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Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP after meeting Election Commission: We've demanded immediate action against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for influencing voters through paid news under the garb of his interview in a Hyderabad newspaper on 6 December. #TelanganaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/ksDWaI8jl2 — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Telangana polls: Speaking on the performance of the TRS in this Assembly elections, KCR said, "Pro-government incumbency is there in Telangana. Huge voter turnout will be recorded. Even old people are coming out and voting. You will see our victory in exit polls in the evening." (Read more here)   

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Stay alert, EVMs have mysterious powers in Modi's India: Rahul to party workers   Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked party workers to be vigilant after polls close in Rajasthan and Telangana, saying in "Modi's India, the EVMs have mysterious powers". (Read more here)  

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

56.17% voting recorded till 3 pm

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Urging people to cast their votes, actor Akkineni Nagarjuna said, "It's your day. Come out and cast your vote instead of just complaining".

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

After casting his vote in his native village Chintamadaka, TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) said the tide was in favour of the government. “We will come back with a huge majority".

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

#TelanaganaElections2018: Challa Vamshi Chand Reddy, Congress candidate from Kalwakurthy, Mahbubnagar was allegedly attacked by unknown miscreants earlier today. He was later shifted to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Hospital, Hyderabad and is out of danger now. pic.twitter.com/bpgmAQBs5H — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Telanagana Elections 2018: Challa Vamshi Chand Reddy, Congress candidate from Kalwakurthy, Mahbubnagar was allegedly attacked by unknown miscreants earlier today. He was later shifted to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Hospital, Hyderabad and is out of danger now.

Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Caretaker CM of Telangana cast his vote at a polling station in Siddipet today. #TelanganaElections pic.twitter.com/Qf3Z82n4AR — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 06:55 IST
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Telangana election highlights: 70% voting recorded; exit polls see TRS win

Telangana voted today to choose the winner after Congress-TDP, TRS and BJP's high voltage campaigns.

Voting for assembly elections 2018 has ended with about a 70 percent turnaround. Elections ended on a peaceful note, barring minor incidents.

This is the first full-fledged election in India's youngest election. In the 2014 elections held in united Andhra Pradesh, had registered a voter turnout of 68.9 percent.

The polling, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up after 9. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said barring sporadic incidents, the polling was peaceful and smooth in all 32,815 polling stations across 31 districts.

In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There were 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.

candidate Vamshichand Reddy was injured in stone pelting by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Nagarkurnool district. He was admitted to a hospital.

Tension prevailed in Kodangal constituency where the midnight arrest of Working President Revanth Reddy on December 4 had triggered a huge row, leading to transfer of Vikarabad District Superintendent of Police by the Election Commission.

Voters at several places complained that their names were missing from the voters' list. Some voters staged protests after officials did not allow them to exercise their franchise in the absence of voter slips.

Prominent people whose names were missing from the voter's list include family members of Finance Minister E. Rajender. Shuttler Jwala Gutta tweeted that her name was missing from the list.

Many celebrities including superstar Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu voted but this failed to enthuse the voters as overall turnout remained less than 40 per cent by 3 p.m.

Chief Minister and Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.

Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.

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