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T'gana polls: 56.17 per cent polling recorded till 3 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Over 56 per cent of 2.80 crore voters of exercised their franchise till 3 pm Friday, officials said.

"Polling commenced at 7 am, though at some polling centres there was a delay of 10 to 15 minutes. In one or two cases EVMs needed to be replaced. We have replaced 22 ballot units, 19 control units and 42 VVPATS," Electoral Officer told reporters here.

He also said so far, 30 complaints relating to violation of Model Code of Conduct has been received.

According to officials, voting was progressing by and large peacefully in all the 119 constituencies of the state and as of 3 pm the voter turnout was 56.17 per cent.

and Andhra Pradesh E S L Narasimhan, Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, caretaker ministers K T and T Harish Rao, BJP's K Laxman, state and were among the leaders who cast their vote.

alleged that his party candidate in segment, Vamsichand Reddy, was attacked by cadre in Amangal where he had gone to observe the poll pattern.

However, the BJP's denied the allegation saying the was "playing victim games sensing disastrous defeat."

Kumar said the was inquiring into the matter.

TRS K Chandrasekhar Rao exuded confidence that his party would come back to power in Telangana with a "huge majority."

said, "I am fully confident that we will be successful in every seat. I hope the people of Hyderabad, people of Telangana will vote for us." His party has fielded candidates in eight constituencies and is supporting the TRS in other segments.

Adding a dash of glamour to the poll process, Telugu film bigwigs turned up in good numbers to cast their ballot.

Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Baahubali director Rajamouli, 'Junior' NTR and Nitin were among the film personalities who cast their vote.

Additional DG (Law and order) Jitender Thursday told that about one lakh police personnel, including 20,000 drawn from other states and 25,000 central paramilitary forces, were engaged in poll duties.

The has stitched together "Praja Kutami" (People's Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the (CPI) to take on the ruling TRS, which is seeking a second term in office.

The TRS is going it alone in the polls, so is the

As many as 1,821 candidates including a transgender are in the fray in the election. Counting of votes would be taken up held on December 11.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 16:35 IST