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Assembly election LIVE: ‘KCR is an enemy of the poor’, says PM Modi in Telangana

Assembly elections 2023 LIVE: After Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram, the southern state of Telangana will vote on November 30.
Medak: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting at Toopran ahead of Telangana Assembly elections, in Medak district.
Medak: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting at Toopran ahead of Telangana Assembly elections, in Medak district.

After elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram, now all eyes are on the southern state of Telangana, that goes to polls on November 30. The state will witness a direct contest between K Chandrashekar Rao-led Bharat Rashtra Samithi, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Rao or KCR, as he is popularly called, has been the chief minister of the state since its formation in 2014. In the 2018 assembly election, the BRS (formerly Telangana Rashtra Samithi) won by a landslide majority and grabbed 88 out of 119 seats. The Congress, that won just 19 seats, is hoping to stage a comeback and stop KCR from a third term in office.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had won one seat in the previous election. In the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections in 2020, the saffron party had won 48 seats. The BJP is hoping to translate the civic poll performance into a bigger success in the assembly election.
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The counting of votes will take place on December 3.

Follow all the updates here:
Nov 26, 2023 10:49 PM IST

Telangana has decided to vote out corruption, dynastic politics: BJP chief JP Nadda

BJP National President J P Nadda on Sunday said the people of Telangana have firm belief in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that they will vote out the "corrupt" BRS government. Nadda participated in a campaign in Hyderabad for the November 30 Telangana legislative assembly polls.

Nov 26, 2023 9:53 PM IST

INDIA alliance will be wiped out in Chhattisgarh, MP & Rajasthan: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi, who addressed election rallies at Toopran and Nirmal in Telangana, recalled his poll campaign in the three states where polling was over. "I have seen in the three states that "Indi alliance" (INDIA alliance) will be wiped out. The women, farmers there are going to uproot the Congress party," he said.

Nov 26, 2023 7:54 PM IST

BRS, Congress and AIMIM are the one and same...,’ Assam CM Sarma

"If you see the manifesto of BRS, Congress and AIMIM, they have talked about giving reservations to Muslims. The BJP is the only party that is saying different things, other parties are saying the same thing. Ideologically they (BRS, Congress and AIMIM) are the one and the same," Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in Odisha.

Nov 26, 2023 7:02 PM IST

Telangana govt doesn't have time to listen to youth on paper leak issue: Rahul Gandhi

"I met the unemployed youth last evening. They told me that after putting all their efforts and money into competitive exams, they didn't get jobs due to paper leaks," Rahul Gandhi said while addressing a public meeting in Telangana's Sangareddy.

"The government here doesn't have time to listen to their problems. They are the future of Telangana and have been neglected by this government," he added.

Nov 26, 2023 6:14 PM IST

"BRS will not allow construction of proposed Tribal University": Amit Shah in Telangana's Mulugu

Addressing an election rally in Mulugu, Amit Shah said, "Recently our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced to build a tribal university in the name of Sammakka Sarakka in Mulugu district. If BRS is elected again, this university will not be built because they will not allot land for this. If you make BJP government in the state then this construction is possible as it will be easy to get lands and Centre will also give 300 crore."

Nov 26, 2023 5:35 PM IST

BJP promises to make Nizamabad ‘Turmeric city’: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi said, "In its manifesto, the BJP has promised to make Nizamabad the 'Turmeric City', and to give GI Tag to the turmeric here. It will hugely benefit the turmeric farmers of the state.”

Nov 26, 2023 4:59 PM IST

‘KCR is an enemy of the poor’, says PM Modi in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues his attack on KCR, saying "We have a government in Telangana that stays in a farmhouse & does not give houses to the poor. KCR is an enemy of the poor & held their houses. But I promise that as soon as the BJP government is formed in Telangana these houses will be given to the poor immediately. This is Modi's guarantee..."

Telangana will vote in a single-phased poll on November 30 to elect its 119-member assembly. The counting of votes will take place on December 3.

Nov 26, 2023 4:51 PM IST

‘INDI alliance will be wiped out in Rajasthan, MP & Chhattisgarh’: PM Modi in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the ‘INDIA’ alliance, saying the opposition bloc will be wiped out in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the states were assembly elections were held.

"Indi alliance" (INDIA alliance) will be wiped out. The women, farmers there are going to uproot the Congress party," the prime minister said at a rally in Telangana's Toopran.

Nov 26, 2023 4:39 PM IST

‘BRS gave you nothing except betrayal’, says PM Modi in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses the ruling BRS government of betrayal. "BRS has given you nothing, except betrayal. Today, Telangana is reeling under debt of thousands of crores of rupees," he said.

Nov 26, 2023 4:27 PM IST

PM Modi makes urgent appeal to spectators who climbed up towers at rally venue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeals to the people who climbed up the towers to come down. Listen to him in this video.

Nov 26, 2023 4:22 PM IST

‘If you are friends with KCR or his family, you can clear an exam’, says Rahul

“If you are friends with KCR or their family member then you can clear an exam very easily but you are the youth of Telangana you cannot clear an exam or get a job without giving bribe,” says Rahul Gandhi

Nov 26, 2023 4:05 PM IST

Digvijaya Singh alleges ‘mini-Vyapam’ in KCR-ruled Telangana

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh alleges ‘mini-Vyapam’ in Telangana. “In Telangana, we had received a complaint of 'mini Vyapam'...If our government is formed rules will be formed to give employment to the unemployed. We promise that there will be no irregularity in this,” Singh said.

If you are unaware, Vyapam is the Hindi acronym for the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), which conducts a raft of entrance examinations for professional courses and government job recruitment tests for posts ranging from food inspectors to forest guards. The racket, in which undeserving candidates secured high ranks by either getting proxies to impersonate them in the tests or through cheating by other means, involved a clique of politicians and bureaucrats that facilitated the fraud in exchange for bribes, according to investigators

Nov 26, 2023 3:51 PM IST

‘Financial assistance will be increased if BRS voted to power’: Telangana CM KCR

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday said that financial assistance under schemes run by his government would be increased if his party BRS is voted to power again.

"Please compare the welfare during those (Congress) 50 years with that of BRS’ 10 years rule. In the Congress rule, the pension was just 200 (per month). It was BRS which increased it to 2,000. Now, we are going to increase it further to 5,000 gradually," he said, adding that the financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu investment support scheme for farmers will be increased to 16,000 gradually from the existing 10,000," Rao said at a rally in Khanapur.

Nov 26, 2023 3:37 PM IST

‘KCR runs the most corrupt govt in India’, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi accuses the KCR of running the ‘most corrupt government in the country’. “I met the youth of Telangana yesterday evening. The youth invest their money in coaching for the exam and the BRS government every time gets involved in paper leakage. Why did 8000 farmers commit suicide? In the Dalit Bandhu scheme, why does the MLA of BRS take a cut of 3 lakhs? KCR runs the most corrupt government in the country,” Gandhi said.

Nov 26, 2023 3:23 PM IST

‘Telangana CM considers the state as his property’, says PM Modi

“Telangana CM considers (the state) as his property. Why did KCR need to contest from another seat? Why did he have to go there? Congress' Rahul Gandhi also had to leave Amethi and run away to Kerala. KCR also had to run away. One of the major reasons for this is BJP candidate Etela Rajender and the other reason is the anger of the farmers and the poor,” PM Modi said in a rally in Medak.

Nov 26, 2023 3:05 PM IST

‘KCR promised to give schemes, gave only scams’: PM Modi

PM Modi continues his attack on KCR. “KCR promised to give schemes but he gave only scams. Instead of working for your children, he worked for his children and his relatives. He did scams worth crores of rupees and increased his wealth...The farmers of Telangana have decided to permanently send him to his farmhouse,” he said.

Nov 26, 2023 2:48 PM IST

‘KCR left no chance to befoo people’, says PM Modi

Attacking Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says,""KCR has left no chance to befool the people here. If he had worked, then he wouldn't need to apologise from the people of Gajwel". Rao is contesting election from Gajwel, the constituency he represented since 2014.

Nov 26, 2023 2:37 PM IST

‘Cong’s first target is to defeat BRS in Telangana', says Rahul Gandhi

At Telangana rally, Rahul Gandhi says,"Congress's first target is to defeat BRS in Telangana and BJP at the national level later"

Nov 26, 2023 2:20 PM IST

‘Weak govts can severely damage country’: PM invokes 26/11 in Telangana rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes veiled dig at Congress in Telangana. "On 26 November (2008), a big terror attack took place in the country. Many innocent people were killed in this attack. It reminds us that weak governments can severely damage the country," he said.

Nov 26, 2023 1:59 PM IST

‘First tell people what you did for Telangana’: Rahul Gandhi to KCR

Rahul Gandhi questions KCR over development works in Telangana. “First tell people what you did for Telangana,” Gandhi said in a rally.

Nov 26, 2023 1:42 PM IST

‘Cong MLAs like Chinese goods with no guarantee’: Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah hits out at Congress in Telangana."The MLAs of Congress are like Chinese goods with no guarantee. They can go to BRS anytime! It's only the BJP which can ensure holistic development in Telangana. Once we come to power, we will make the Chief Minister of Telangana from a Backward Class," the home minister said.

Nov 26, 2023 1:24 PM IST

Watch: Vasundhara Raje offers prayers at temple in Banswara

Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje is offering prayer at Sundari temple in Banswara. the veteran BJP leader is contesting from her stronghold Jhalrapatan, that she has represented since 2003. In the 2018 election, she had defeated Manvendra Singh of Congress by nearly 30,000 votes.

Nov 26, 2023 1:13 PM IST

‘8,000 farmers died of suicide in Telangana’ , claims Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi alleges 8,000 farmers died of suicide in Telangana. "Because of KCR, 8,000 farmers died of suicide (in Telangana). Our government will protect the farmers and provide them 15,000 for each acre every year," he said at a rally in Andole.

Nov 26, 2023 12:55 PM IST

‘KCR did not bring any scheme for fishermen.’ says Shah in Telangana

Union home minister Amit Shah slams KCR in Telangana rally. “The Modi government created the Ministry of Fisheries for the fishermen. However, KCR did not bring any scheme for the fishermen. We will create a fund of 1,000 crore for the fishermen once we form the government in Telangana,” Shah said.

Nov 26, 2023 12:40 PM IST

Nadda's ‘Brashtachaari Rakshasvi Samiti’ barb at KCR-led BRS in Telangana

In Telangana, BJP president hits out at Congress and the BRS. “BRS means 'Brashtachaari Rakshasvi Samiti'. Congress means ‘Corruption, Commission and Criminalisation,” Nadda said

Nov 26, 2023 12:34 PM IST

Telangana election: K Kavitha's ‘biryani’ jibe at Rahul Gandhi

BRS's K Kavitha hits out at Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul Gandhi is our guest. He comes here, eats biryani, eats paan. The Gandhi family has always betrayed the people of Telangana. They just want to accuse KCR. People of Telangana are not liking it. Whatever he (Rahul Gandhi) is saying is a lie..."

Nov 26, 2023 11:50 AM IST

‘BJP trying to help KCR at any cost’: Congress

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal accused the BJP of supporting the ruling BRS in Telangana."We are going to form the government in Telangana. People are fed up with the corrupt government. Telangana is the most corrupt government in this country. BJP is totally supporting the BRS Party...They are trying to help KCR at any cost...We are going to form the government in Telangana with a comfortable majority," the Congress MP told ANI.

Nov 26, 2023 11:37 AM IST

Voting turnout recorded by four poll-bound states

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have completed their voting process.

Here are the voter turnouts of these four states:

Madhya Pradesh: 77.15%
Rajasthan:74.96%
Chhattisgarh: 76.31%
Mizoram: 78.40%

Nov 26, 2023 10:54 AM IST

Do you know: When was Telangana formed?

Telangana was formed on June 2, 2014 with Hyderabad as its capital. The state was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. On October 3, 2013, the Union Cabinet had approved the creation of Telangana. The Bill for the same was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on February 8, 2014, supported by both the BJP as well as Congress. The President of India also gave his consent for the Telangana Bill after which it was published in the Gazette on March 1, 2014.

Nov 26, 2023 10:28 AM IST

Cong moves EC to restrict BRS not to mention disbursement of Rythu Bandhu amount in poll rallies

The Congress has urged the Election Commission to impose restrictions on BRS, not to mention the disbursement of Rythu Bandhu amount in their poll campaign. The poll panel on November 24 had given a green signal to the state government to disburse the amount under Rythu Bandhu scheme, an investment support to farmers, before November 28.

In a letter addressed to CEC Rajiv Kumar, Congress alleged that BRS leaders are making the EC’s nod as a "tool to influence" voters as if they are giving it out of their own pockets, PTI reported.

Nov 26, 2023 10:12 AM IST

‘Cong , BRS are two sides of the same coin’: PM Modi in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of Telangana to vote for the BJP in the November 30 assembly election, saying if they vote for Congress, they will only get a ‘carbon copy' of the ruling BRS. “Behind the screen, they have a secret understanding. If you vote for the Congress, you will only get a carbon copy of the BRS government. There will be no difference. So, don’t vote for either party," the prime minister said. Deep dive

Nov 26, 2023 10:07 AM IST

‘We also built many Ram temples, not seeking votes in his name’: Baghel's dig at BJP

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel hit out at the BJP, accusing it of playing politics over Ram temple. “The Ram Temple is being built on the direction of the Supreme Court. But the BJP is playing politics over it. Across many places in Chhattisgarh, we built many temples dedicated to Lord Ram. But we are not seeking votes in his name," ANI quoted Baghel as saying.

Nov 26, 2023 9:33 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in Telangana today

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Telangana's Andole, Sangareddy and Kamareddy. AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge will interact with Civil Society members and activists in Nampally.

Nov 26, 2023 9:14 AM IST

‘KCR indulging in politics of appeasement’: Shah in Hyderabad

Union home minister Amit Shah attacked Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS government, accusing it of appeasement politics. “BRS president and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced an increase of the Muslim reservations to 12%. Is it not divisive politics?” he asked on Saturday. Deep dive

Nov 26, 2023 9:01 AM IST

Watch: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel takes holy dip in river Kharun

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel took a holy dip in river Kharun and offered prayers on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. In a video shared by news agency ANI, Baghel was seen taking the holy dip in the river. The chief minister is eyeing a second consecutive term in office in Chhattisgarh that went to polls on November 7 and 17.

Nov 26, 2023 8:51 AM IST

‘PM taking joy ride in a fighter jet…soldiers are getting killed’: Owaisi

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Tejas sortie in Bengaluru.

“It's crazy of Prime Minister that he is taking a joy ride in a fighter jet... Jets are of the country... when soldiers are getting killed in Rajouri,” ANI quoted Owaisi as saying.

Nov 26, 2023 8:43 AM IST

‘What right does such a government have to continue in office’?: Priyanka's attack on KCR

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the BRS government in the state, questioning its right to stay in office. Addressing rallies in Madhira and Palair, she said,"You (people) are worried about finding work. There is corruption from top to bottom."

Nov 26, 2023 8:25 AM IST

PM Modi, Shah and Nadda to campaign in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda will be addressing rallies in poll bound Telangana today.


The prime minister will address a public meeting at Kanha Shanti Vanam at 11.30 am, Tupran at 2:15 pm and Nirmal at 3:45 pm.

Nov 26, 2023 8:16 AM IST

Poll panel notice to KCR's son KT Rama Rao

The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to Telangana minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) over alleged model code of conduct violation. On a complaint by Congress' Randeep Surjewala, the poll panel has sought an explanation from KTR over his announcement of job recruitment at T-Works (government institution), and directed that the ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel. Deep dive

Nov 26, 2023 12:34 PM IST

Telangana election: K Kavitha's ‘biryani’ jibe at Rahul Gandhi

BRS's K Kavitha hits out at Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul Gandhi is our guest. He comes here, eats biryani, eats paan. The Gandhi family has always betrayed the people of Telangana. They just want to accuse KCR. People of Telangana are not liking it. Whatever he (Rahul Gandhi) is saying is a lie..."

Nov 26, 2023 11:50 AM IST

‘BJP trying to help KCR at any cost’: Congress

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal accused the BJP of supporting the ruling BRS in Telangana."We are going to form the government in Telangana. People are fed up with the corrupt government. Telangana is the most corrupt government in this country. BJP is totally supporting the BRS Party...They are trying to help KCR at any cost...We are going to form the government in Telangana with a comfortable majority," the Congress MP told ANI.

Nov 26, 2023 11:37 AM IST

Voting turnout recorded by four poll-bound states

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have completed their voting process.

Here are the voter turnouts of these four states:

Madhya Pradesh: 77.15%
Rajasthan:74.96%
Chhattisgarh: 76.31%
Mizoram: 78.40%

Nov 26, 2023 10:54 AM IST

Do you know: When was Telangana formed?

Telangana was formed on June 2, 2014 with Hyderabad as its capital. The state was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. On October 3, 2013, the Union Cabinet had approved the creation of Telangana. The Bill for the same was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on February 8, 2014, supported by both the BJP as well as Congress. The President of India also gave his consent for the Telangana Bill after which it was published in the Gazette on March 1, 2014.

Nov 26, 2023 10:28 AM IST

Cong moves EC to restrict BRS not to mention disbursement of Rythu Bandhu amount in poll rallies

The Congress has urged the Election Commission to impose restrictions on BRS, not to mention the disbursement of Rythu Bandhu amount in their poll campaign. The poll panel on November 24 had given a green signal to the state government to disburse the amount under Rythu Bandhu scheme, an investment support to farmers, before November 28.

In a letter addressed to CEC Rajiv Kumar, Congress alleged that BRS leaders are making the EC’s nod as a "tool to influence" voters as if they are giving it out of their own pockets, PTI reported.

Nov 26, 2023 10:12 AM IST

‘Cong , BRS are two sides of the same coin’: PM Modi in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of Telangana to vote for the BJP in the November 30 assembly election, saying if they vote for Congress, they will only get a ‘carbon copy' of the ruling BRS. “Behind the screen, they have a secret understanding. If you vote for the Congress, you will only get a carbon copy of the BRS government. There will be no difference. So, don’t vote for either party," the prime minister said. Deep dive

Nov 26, 2023 10:07 AM IST

‘We also built many Ram temples, not seeking votes in his name’: Baghel's dig at BJP

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel hit out at the BJP, accusing it of playing politics over Ram temple. “The Ram Temple is being built on the direction of the Supreme Court. But the BJP is playing politics over it. Across many places in Chhattisgarh, we built many temples dedicated to Lord Ram. But we are not seeking votes in his name," ANI quoted Baghel as saying.

Nov 26, 2023 9:33 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in Telangana today

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Telangana's Andole, Sangareddy and Kamareddy. AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge will interact with Civil Society members and activists in Nampally.

Nov 26, 2023 9:14 AM IST

‘KCR indulging in politics of appeasement’: Shah in Hyderabad

Union home minister Amit Shah attacked Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS government, accusing it of appeasement politics. “BRS president and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced an increase of the Muslim reservations to 12%. Is it not divisive politics?” he asked on Saturday. Deep dive

Nov 26, 2023 9:01 AM IST

Watch: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel takes holy dip in river Kharun

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel took a holy dip in river Kharun and offered prayers on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. In a video shared by news agency ANI, Baghel was seen taking the holy dip in the river. The chief minister is eyeing a second consecutive term in office in Chhattisgarh that went to polls on November 7 and 17.

Nov 26, 2023 8:51 AM IST

‘PM taking joy ride in a fighter jet…soldiers are getting killed’: Owaisi

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Tejas sortie in Bengaluru.

“It's crazy of Prime Minister that he is taking a joy ride in a fighter jet... Jets are of the country... when soldiers are getting killed in Rajouri,” ANI quoted Owaisi as saying.

Nov 26, 2023 8:43 AM IST

‘What right does such a government have to continue in office’?: Priyanka's attack on KCR

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked the BRS government in the state, questioning its right to stay in office. Addressing rallies in Madhira and Palair, she said,"You (people) are worried about finding work. There is corruption from top to bottom."

Nov 26, 2023 8:25 AM IST

PM Modi, Shah and Nadda to campaign in Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda will be addressing rallies in poll bound Telangana today.


The prime minister will address a public meeting at Kanha Shanti Vanam at 11.30 am, Tupran at 2:15 pm and Nirmal at 3:45 pm.

Nov 26, 2023 8:16 AM IST

Poll panel notice to KCR's son KT Rama Rao

The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to Telangana minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) over alleged model code of conduct violation. On a complaint by Congress' Randeep Surjewala, the poll panel has sought an explanation from KTR over his announcement of job recruitment at T-Works (government institution), and directed that the ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel. Deep dive