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61 per cent voting in LS poll in Telangana; Polling peaceful

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

An estimated 61 per cent of voters cast their ballot Thursday in elections in Telangana, exercise passed off peacefully, officials said.

All the 17 segments, including that saw over 170 farmers contesting demanding remunerative price for their produce, went to polls in the single phase and till 5 pm, 60.57 per cent voting was recorded.

"I expect it (the poll percentage) to go a little bit higher", Telangana Electoral Officer told reporters.

He said the final voting percentage would be given Friday.

While the ruling TRS has exuded confidence in doing well in the on the back of its sweep in the recent assembly elections, the and look to make a dent in the largely three-cornered contest.

Renuka Chowdhury, AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi, TRS and K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha and State Chief were among the key candidates.

Medak recorded highest number of voter turnout with 68.60 per cent while Secunderabad was the lowest at 39.20 per cent, till 5 pm.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh E S L Narasimhan, the Chief Minister, TRS Working K T Rama Rao, Kavitha and were among those who cast their votes.

Film actors Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, junior NTR and 'Baahubali' were among the other prominent people who exercised their franchise in the polls.

KCR, along with his wife cast his vote in Chintamadaka village in district.

said there was no polling booth in the state which registered zero per cent voting, denying reports that three or four villages had called for boycotting polls.

Polling booths in Teeleru village in district where ten women labourers were buried alive when loose soil and boulders fell on them Wednesday, wore a deserted look.

A senior district official told that less than 30 voters, as against over 1,000 eligible ones, turned up to vote in the village.

Telangana alleged the has fallen short of expectations in conduct of elections in Telangana.

"In Telangana, there are several instances of EVMs not working," he claimed.

Teams deployed to fix the EVMs when they were not functional should have been technically more efficient, Rao said, adding, at many places, even though there were three EVMs in a booth, only one or two were functioning.

Executive Vice Chairperson Thursday said her name was missing in the voters' list and described it as "worst day as an Indian citizen."

Reacting to this, said he has ordered an enquiry into the incident and an appropriate action would be taken based on the report.

Polling in 16 constituencies began at 7 am, while voting process in started an hour later in view of more time required for mock polling due to the presence of 185 candidates.

Over 2.97 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the state, where 443 candidates were in fray.

In 13 Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-effected assembly segments under five parliamentary constituencies polling was conducted from 7 am to 4 pm.

In constituency more than 170 farmers are among those in the contest.

The farmers are seeking to highlight their demand for remunerative price to turmeric and red jowar, and setting up of a based in Nizamabad.

Nizamabad witnessed 54.20 per cent voter turnout till five pm.

As many as 145 companies of central paramilitary forces, besides over 55,000 state police were deployed for security arrangements in the state.

Rajat Kumar said election officials, along with Police, seized unaccounted cash and goods worth Rs 74.60 crore since the model code of conduct came into force last month.

The in Telangana alleged the TRS government deposited money under its farmers' investment support scheme two days ahead of Thursday's elections in the state, and described it as a "serious violation of election code".

The party also accused the of not withholding the release of Chandrasekhar Rao's biopic well in time.

State K Laxman claimed anti-incumbency has risen against the TRS government as seen in the ruling party's defeat in the recent polls.

Claiming that Congress and are "gradually vanishing" from the state, he told reporters BJP stood as the main competitor to TRS.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 21:10 IST
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