Telangana Elections 2018 LATEST updates: Polling in all constituencies in Telangana has ended.
The TRS, faced with an alliance of all Opposition parties except the BJP, has blamed the TDP of joining hands with the Congress and even called N Chandrababu Naidu ‘Telangana Drohi’. KCR said that “cheap Congress fellows” have “betrayed Telangana through and through.”
The voter turnout in Telangana at 1 pm stood at 47.08 percent. However, several people have been complaining that they could not exercise their right because there names were not included in the electoral roll. After badminton star Jwala Gutta, it’s Telangana’s Road Safety and Railways Director General of Police T. Krishna Prasad, whose name is missing from the voter list. He also took to social media to express his anger.
A clash occurred near a polling booth in Thimmanagar village of Jukkal constituency between local TRS and Congress leaders. Congress workers allege that drunken TRS workers attacked and abused them without provocation.
Ananda Prasad, the TDP candidate from Serilingampally who is fighting the incumbent TRS MLA, is indignant about voters being “turned away” from his constituency. He claims TRS party workers are sitting (as election agents) on all the polling counters.
Kalwakurthy Congress candidate Vamshi Chand Reddy was attacked earlier in the day. He is now being treated at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. He has alleged that he was attacked by BJP workers. However, BJP has denied the charge stating that the Congress had already conceded defeat and that is why it was spreading lies about the saffron party.
The Nizamabad district, considered a stronghold of the TRS is witnessing a triangular contests in majority of the Assembly constituencies. As the CPI, TJS, Congress and TDP have fielded a common candidate, the ruling TRS is facing a tough fight. However, BJP candidates have also emerged strong contenders in Nizamabad urban, Kamareddy, Jukkal, Nizamabad rural and Armoor Assembly constituencies.
Celebrities like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Jr NTR and tennis player Sania Mirza came out to cast their vote. They urged the people of Telangana to exercise their franchise. Meanwhile, shuttler JwalaGutta could not cast her vote after her name “magically disappeared” from the voters’ roll.
The Election Commission has seized nearly Rs 113 crore in cash, liquor and other valuables during the campaign in Telangana as of Wednesday. Nearly five lakh litres of liquor worth about Rs 10 crore was seized since the Model Code of Conduct came into force. EC officials have said the cash seized this time was Rs 28 crore higher than the total amount seized during last elections held in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
After technical glitches, missing names from voters’ list mars Telangana Assembly elections. While the common man is already miffed, known faces of the state have also expressed their dissatisfaction. Badminton player Jwala Gutta took to Twitter to share that her name was missing from the list despite it being available on the online list.
Voting turnout in Telangana Assembly Elections is 8.97 percent till 9 am. Six percent of the voters have exercised their right in Nalgonda district, seven percent in Hyderabad, eight percent in Rangareddy and five percent in Adilabad.
Security was beefed up at bordering areas which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions. As many as 446 flying squads were in operation in the state to swing into action if any irregularity was reported and 448 static surveillance teams would also keep a watch on the situation. They would wait in the wings to take action, he said. Besides, 224 video-surveillance teams and 133 video-viewing teams were pressed into service. There were 126 assistant expenditure observers and 123 accounting teams.
Telegu film actors Actors Allu Arjun and Akkineni Nagarjuna cast early vote in Friday’s polling exercise. While Allu Arjun was spotted standing in a queue outside booth number 152 in Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad, Nagarjuna cast his vote along with his wife Amala Akkineni at booth number 151 in the same area.
Voting is yet to begin at the polling station at GHMC Indoor Stadium, Amberpet due to a technical problem, ANI reported. Moreover, EVM malfunctions were also reported at Kukatpalli in Hyderabad. This is the first time VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) are being used in the state.
BJP President Amit Shah took to Twitter to urge the voters of Telangana to come out and vote in “large numbers”. He specially urged the youth to turn out in huge numbers and participate in the elections.
Polling began in Telangana on Thursday amid tight security to elect a new Assembly. The polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in 106 constituencies, while in 13 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected constituencies, the polling will conclude one hour earlier, at 4 pm.
After a high-voltage campaign that saw war of words among contending parties, Telangana is set for Assembly polls on Friday with the Congress-led alliance challenging the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking to make it a triangular contest.
More than 1.50 lakh polling officials including reserve staff were in the process of giving final touches on Thursday to make the election to the 119-member House a smooth affair.
Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the state, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations across. Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 pm on Wednesday.
Additional DG ( Law and order) Jitender Thursday told PTI that about one lakh police personnel including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are engaged in poll duties.
A senior police official said security was beefed up at bordering areas which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions.
The Assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, but the House was dissolved on 6 September as per a recommendation by the state cabinet.
It is to be seen if caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s (popularly known as KCR) gamble to opt for early elections pays off.
The Congress has stitched together Prajakutami (People’s 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 KCR.
The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.
While KCR was without doubt the star campaigner for TRS, the Congress and the BJP fielded their bigwigs for campaigning which turned out to be a shrill one.
For the Congress, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the party president Rahul Gandhi addressed election rallies. The BJP relied on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party chief Amit Shah.
Rahul also addressed a joint meetings with TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. “We will win 100 seats”, KCR repeatedly said in campaign meetings.
On Wednesday, he said the Congress-led alliance is confident of winning the elections “hands-down” and claimed that KCR was showing “signs of nervousness and insecurity” in recent campaign meetings he addressed.
The BJP, which won five seats in alliance with the TDP in the 2014 elections, said it ensured that there is a triangular fight in Telangana this time.
“Earlier, when the election season began, it was projected by both the Congress and TRS as if the fight is between them but it was a propaganda,” Telangana BJP
spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao told PTI.
Vigorous campaign by BJP’s national and state leaders ensured that it has become a “triangular contest where nobody can actually say who is winning and how many seats,” Rao said.
Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar in a press conference said, “Some political parties expressed apprehensions that there was distribution of liquor and money in some places. We gave strict instructions to police and other officials to deal such incidents sternly.”
“Distribution of voters’ slips was done 100 percent,” he said.
Polling will start at 7 am and end at 5 pm, while in 13 constituencies which were classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends one hour before (4 pm).
As many as 446 flying squads are in operation in the state to swing into action if any irregularity is reported during the elections and 448 static surveillance teams would also keep a watch on the situation and would wait in wings to take action, Kumar said.
Besides, 224 video-surveillance teams and 133 video-viewing teams have been pressed into service. There are 126 assistant expenditure observers and 123 accounting teams.
For the first time, Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.
As many as 1,821 candidates including a transgender person are in fray in the election. Counting of votes would be taken up on 11 December.
Huge sums of unaccounted cash and illegal liquor and other goods were seized since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on 27 September.
“As per the last count, the total seizures stood at nearly Rs 135 crore including unaccounted cash, illegal liquor and other goods,” Rajat Kumar said adding that the total seizures was 90 percent more than that of during 2014 polls.
With inputs from PTI
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