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T'gana records 67 per cent polling, voting largely peaceful

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

An estimated 67 per cent of over 2.80 crore voters cast their ballots in on Friday in an election that will test the popularity of the ruling TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao and the wisdom of the great gamble he made in going for early elections.

Barring stray incidents of clashes and malfunctioning of voting machines at a few places, the polling was largely peaceful, including in areas affected by Maoist insurgency.

"As of 5 pm, we have reports that the polling was at 67 per cent. Webcasting shows that some people are still in queues. So, we expect the polling to go up by another two per cent," the state's electoral officer told reporters.

of Police (Law and Order) told that the entire polling process was "incident free".

However, independent reports said TRS and workers clashed at a place in district.

Kumar said there was a delay in start of polling at some booths on accounts of malfunctioning of EVMs and voter verifiable paper audit trail machines.

Thirty odd complaints of model code violation were also received.

Vote was taken for all the 119 seats of assembly for the first time after the division of Andhra Pradesh and creation of India's youngest state in 2014.

and ESL Narasimhan, Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, ministers K T and T Harish Rao, K Laxman, state and were among leaders who cast their ballots.

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

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

TRS K Chandrasekhar Rao, widely credited for the creation of Telangana, exuded confidence that his party would come back to power with a "huge majority."


Adding a dash of glamour to the poll process, celebrities turned up in good numbers to cast their votes.

Chiranjeevi, veteran Krishna, popular heroes Nagarjuna, "junior" NTR and Mahesh Babu, and 'Baahubali'-fame exercised their franchise.

Tennis ace and star badminton P V Sindhu also cast their vote.

Chiranjeevi, Krishna, Nagarjuna, "junior" NTR and turned up at the polling stations along with their family members to vote.

At some places, people were seen taking selfies with celebrity voters.

However, disappointment was in store for shuttler Jwala Gutta, who said she could not vote as her name was missing from the voters list.

Additional DG (Law and order) said about one lakh security personnel, including 20,000 drawn from other states and 25,000 central paramilitary forces, were deployed to ensure peaceful polls.

The Congress has stitched together "Praja Kutami" (People's Front) with the TDP, Telangana (TJS) and CPI in a bid to wrest power from the TRS, which is seeking a second term in office.

The TRS has gone it alone in the polls and so has the BJP.

As many as 1,821 candidates including a transgender are in the electoral fray.

Counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.

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

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:45 IST
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