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Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

Telangana is voting today to choose the winner after Congress-TDP, TRS and BJP's high voltage campaigns. EC has recorded 48% voter turnout. Track LIVE updates on Telangana Assembly election 2018

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

In 2017, KCR launched a new scheme - he distributed free sheep; and he gave contracts freely to companies to dredge and refill traditional water tanks

Voting in is underway. Election Commission has recorded around 48 per cent voter turnout so far. Polling for the Assembly Election 2018 will end at 5 pm in 106 constituencies, while in 13 constituencies, which were classified as Left-Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends at 4 pm. leaders Kadiyam Srihari, Harihs Rao, Pocharama Srinivas Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Jagadish Reddy were among those who cast their vote. Former Union Minister Chiranjeevi and cine actors Nagarjuna cast their vote in Jubilee Hills in the city. After casting his vote, Harish Rao said he expected the overall poll percentage to go up given the indication. Political fortunes of 1,821 candidates will be decided in the first full-fledged election in India's youngest state. Over 28 million electorates are eligible to exercise their franchise in the State, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations across.

In this triangular contest, the Congress-led alliance will be challenging the ruling TRS, and the are extremely crucial for the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). 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 by the state cabinet. It is to be seen if KCR's gamble to opt for early elections pays off. Meanwhile, the stitched together an alliance with "Prajakutami" (People's Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI to take on the ruling TRS.

Key candidates

KCR, his 14 cabinet colleagues including a son and a nephew and state presidents of the and the are among 1,821 candidates in the fray for Friday's Assembly elections.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, state working President A. Revanth Reddy and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N.T. Rama Rao's granddaughter N. Suhasini are among the other key candidates whose political fortunes will be decided in the polling. Revanth Reddy, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka are also among the key candidates.

BJP's state President K. Laxman is contesting from Musheerabad in Hyderabad, while AIMIM's firebrand leader Akbaruddin is seeking election from Chandrayangutta, also in Hyderabad, for a fifth consecutive term.

Counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

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 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

#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 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

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 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

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

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

Telangana: Caretaker Minister KT Rama Rao cast his vote at a polling station in Hyderabad earlier today. #TelanganaElections pic.twitter.com/HqRjuBouo7 — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

To the people of Telanagana, remember your vote is your power. Today your vote can bring about incredible change to your state, so vote wisely. #CongressIsWinning pic.twitter.com/2ot82x3lcF — Congress (@INCIndia) December 7, 2018

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

48 per cent votes recorded in Telangana till 1 pm

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

44,415 ballot units, 7,557 reserve ballot units, 32,016 control units 4,432 reserve control units, 32,016 voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs), and 5,261 reserve VVPATs are being used for the polling.

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

The AIMIM has fielded candidates in eight assembly segments in Hyderabad out of the total 119 seats in the state. It is supporting TRS in other segments.

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

AIMIM confident of winning all contested seats, says Asaduddin Owaisi.

Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

Every vote counts. pic.twitter.com/hJCgGlJyNA — Telangana Congress (@INCTelangana) December 7, 2018

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 06:55 IST
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Telangana election 2018 LIVE: 48% voting recorded; KCR, KT Rama Rao vote

Telangana is voting today to choose the winner after Congress-TDP, TRS and BJP's high voltage campaigns. EC has recorded 48% voter turnout. Track LIVE updates on Telangana Assembly election 2018

Voting in is underway. Election Commission has recorded around 48 per cent voter turnout so far. Polling for the Assembly Election 2018 will end at 5 pm in 106 constituencies, while in 13 constituencies, which were classified as Left-Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends at 4 pm. leaders Kadiyam Srihari, Harihs Rao, Pocharama Srinivas Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Jagadish Reddy were among those who cast their vote. Former Union Minister Chiranjeevi and cine actors Nagarjuna cast their vote in Jubilee Hills in the city. After casting his vote, Harish Rao said he expected the overall poll percentage to go up given the indication. Political fortunes of 1,821 candidates will be decided in the first full-fledged election in India's youngest state. Over 28 million electorates are eligible to exercise their franchise in the State, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations across.

In this triangular contest, the Congress-led alliance will be challenging the ruling TRS, and the are extremely crucial for the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). 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 by the state cabinet. It is to be seen if KCR's gamble to opt for early elections pays off. Meanwhile, the stitched together an alliance with "Prajakutami" (People's Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI to take on the ruling TRS.

Key candidates

KCR, his 14 cabinet colleagues including a son and a nephew and state presidents of the and the are among 1,821 candidates in the fray for Friday's Assembly elections.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, state working President A. Revanth Reddy and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N.T. Rama Rao's granddaughter N. Suhasini are among the other key candidates whose political fortunes will be decided in the polling. Revanth Reddy, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka are also among the key candidates.

BJP's state President K. Laxman is contesting from Musheerabad in Hyderabad, while AIMIM's firebrand leader Akbaruddin is seeking election from Chandrayangutta, also in Hyderabad, for a fifth consecutive term.

Counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.

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