Nearly nine per cent of over 2.80 crore voters of Telangana exercised their franchise during the first two hours of polling on Friday.
Polling was underway in the 119 Assembly constituencies in the state amid elaborate arrangements.
Voting began at 7 AM and it will conclude at 5 PM, except in 13 constituencies classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected where the process ends at 4 PM itself.
After casting his vote, Harish Rao said he expected the overall poll percentage to go up given the indication.
The Congress has stitched together Praja Kutami (Peoples Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) to take on the ruling TRS, led by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR).
The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.
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