The stage is set for the by-elections to Nellore Lok Sabha constituency and 26 assembly seats spread across eight states in Andhra Pradesh today.
The polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm. Counting of votes will be taken up on June 15.
As many as 46,13,589 voters would exercise their franchise at 5,413 polling stations. State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwar Lal told reporters that 50,000 polling personnel including 138 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been deployed for the conduct of elections.
For the YSR Congress, the by-elections marked by a high decibel campaign have become very crucial as it had fielded all 17 MLAs who had been disqualified for defying the Congress party whip in the assembly and their victory could be a threat to the Congress government, which is surviving with a razor thin majority. As against the magic figure of 148 MLAs in the 294-member assembly, the Congress has just 151 MLAs at present.
"We are confident that we will make an impact. We will put up a good show," Union minister for overseas indian affairs Vayalar Ravi and AICC in-charge of AP told reporters in Hyderabad.