Telangana elections 2018 highlights: 67% polling recorded
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 TRS, and the BJP seeking to make it a triangular contest. According to Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 pm.In the five hours of polling, 41.96% had voted in Telangana in assembly elections that could set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 pm on Wednesday. The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet. (Click here to follow live updates of Rajasthan assembly polls)It is to be seen if KCR’s 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 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.
Report on Jwala Gutta’s name missing from voter list has been sought
Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana, Rajat Kumar says a final report from the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) has been sought on shuttler Jwala Gutta’s name missing from voter list.7:00 pm IST
Rajasthan records 72.62% voter turnout
Rajasthan has recorded an interim voter turnout of 73 % till now.6:52 pm IST
67% voter turnout recorded in Telangana assembly elections
Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner says voting is still underway at some polling stations. Final figures are still to come. Interim voter turnout recorded till now in Telangana assembly elections is 67%. Last year, voter turnout recorded was 69.5%, reports news agency ANI.5:07 pm IST
Polling ends in Telangana
Polling ends in Telangana. Figures of final poll percentage will be announced shortly4:52 pm IST
13 constituencies record 65-70 % polling
As per the tentative estimates, the 13 constituencies recorded 65-70 % polling till the closing hours.4:48 pm IST
Telangana DGP says polling went on peacefully
“Polling went on peacefully without any law and order problem. Those who are already in the queue will be allowed to cast their vote,” Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy said.4:45 pm IST
Polling ends at 4 pm
Polling comes to an end at 4 pm in 13 constituencies which were identified as sensitive in view of their proximity to Maoist-affected areas in the borders of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.3:50 pm IST
56.17% voter turnout at 3 pm
The voter turnout in Telangana stood at 56.17% at 3pm.3:02 pm IST
Telangana waives toll tax for voters heading to native places
With hundreds of people from Hyderabad heading to their native places to cast their votes in the Telangana Assembly elections on Friday, the state government decided to exempt them from toll tax.
Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi issued orders to this effect following a request from Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar.2:40 pm IST
47.8% voter turnout by 2:30 pm
The voter turnout by 2:30 pm stood at 47.8%.2:30 pm IST
Will come back to power with huge majority: KCR
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao Friday exuded confidence that his party would come back to power in Telangana with a “huge majority.” There is a “very, very positive” mood among voters towards the party, KCR, as Rao is popularly known as, told reporters at his native village Chintamadaka where he cast his vote in the Assembly polls.1:15 pm IST
41.96% voter turnout at 1 pm
The voter turnout in Telangana at 1 pm stood at 41.96%.1:08 pm IST
Telangana PCC chief N Uttam Kumar casts his vote
Telangana PCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy and his wife Padmavathi cast their votes in Kodad.
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao casts vote
Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his wife Shobha exercised their franchise at his native village Chintamadaka in Siddipet district on Friday afternoon.12:45 pm IST
BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya casts his vote
BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya casts his vote at booth no.229 in Ramnagar of Musheerabad constituency in Hyderabad.
KT Rama Rao casts his vote in Hyderabad
KCR’s son and IT minister KT Rama Rao cast his vote at St Nizamia High School, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.
Sania Mirza casts her vote
Sania Mirza cast her vote at Film Nagar Cultural Center in Hyderabad.
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Be a part of your democracy ..— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) December 7, 2018
Right and duty to Vote..
Youngest state of India, Telangana has lost four precious years: Randeep Singh Surjewala
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The youngest state of India, Telangana has lost four precious years due to ‘Corruption, Commission & Coterie Raj’— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 7, 2018
Let us throw out the arrogance of power and usher in a New era towards a ‘Bangaru Telangana’#CongressIsWinning 🤚
CP @RahulGandhi Ji’s Message:- pic.twitter.com/8v5zFCUctg
23.17% voter turnout till 11 am
The voter turnout in Telangana stood at 23.17% till 11 am.11:15 am IST
Vote, a weapon to fight against system: Former Maoist ideologue
Former Maoist ideologue and balladeer 70-year-old Gaddar cast his vote in Alwal for the first time in his life. He registered himself as voter in April last. He now says that vote is also a weapon to fight against the system.
60-year old man dies of heart attack while in queue to vote
A 60-year old man Perumandla Swamy died of heart attack while standing in the queue for casting his vote at a polling station in Paidipalli village of Warangal district.11:05 am IST
Congress’ Vijayashanti, Dasoju Sravan cast their votes
Actor Vijayashanti and Congress candidate from Khairatabad Dasoju Sravan cast their votes.
Actor Junior NTR casts his vote
Popular actor Junior NTR cast his vote at Jubilee Hills.
BJP workers allegedly pelt stones at Congress candidate Ch Vamsichand Reddy
Stone pelting allegedly by BJP workers on Congress candidate Ch Vamsichand Reddy at Amangal in Kalwakurthy constituency; Injured Reddy shifted to Hyderabad for treatment10:35 am IST
11% voter turnout till 10 am
Voter turnout in Telangana till 10 am stood at 11%.10:20 am IST
Telangana chief secretary SK Joshi casts his vote
Telangana chief secretary SK Joshi cast his vote at Prashasan Nagar, Jubilee Hills, whereas Telangana Jana Samithi president M Kodandaram cast his vote at Tarnaka.
TRS MP K Kavitha to cast her vote at polling booth in Pothangal
TRS MP K Kavitha stood in a queue to cast her vote at polling booth no. 177 in Pothangal, Nizamabad.
10.15% voter turnout till 9:30 am
10.15% voter turnout in Telangana till 9:30 am.9:55 am IST
Actor Chiranjeevi in queue at polling booth in Hyderabad
Actor Chiranjeevi stood in a queue to cast his vote at polling booth no. 148 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party president Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote at polling booth no. 317 at Mailardevpally, Shastripuram.
Former home minister Sabita Indra Reddy casts her vote
Former home minister Sabita Indra Reddy, Chevella MP K Vishweshwar Reddy cast their votes.9:35 am IST
My name disappeared from voting list, tweets Jwala Gutta
Badminton player Jwala Gutta took to Twitter and said that her name disappeared from the voters list after she had checked it online.
“I checked my name online 2-3 weeks ago, my mother’s and my names were there, my father’s and my sister’s were missing. Today we went to cast vote but my name was also missing. I don’t understand this happened. I’ve been living here for 12 years,” said Jwala Gutta, according to ANI.
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Surprised to see my name disappear from the voting list after checking online!! #whereismyvote— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) December 7, 2018
I request all voters cast votes in large numbers: PM Modi
“It is the day of polling in Rajasthan today. I request all the voters of the state to take part in this celebration of democracy with full excitement and cast votes in large numbers,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.9:19 am IST
9.37% voter turnout till 9 am
9.37% polling reported by 9 am, said EC officials.9:15 am IST
Telugu actor Venkatesh casts his vote
Telugu film actor Venkatesh cast his vote in Jubilee Hills polling booth in Hyderabad.9:05 am IST
Dy CM Kadiyan Srihari casts his vote in Warangal
Deputy chief minister Kadiyan Srihari cast his vote in Warangal.
TRS, BJP workers engage in tussle at Indiranagar polling station
Former minister and TRS candidate from Khairatabad Danam Nagender came to Indiranagar polling station wearing pink scarf symbolising party. When BJP agent objected to it, TRS workers thrashed him. BJP candidate Ch Ramachandra Reddy has lodged a complaint with EC and the cops.5:55 am IST
Telangana BJP president casts his vote
Telangana BJP president and Musheerabad candidate K Laxman cast his vote at Gandhinagar booth.8:50 am IST
Hyderabad police commissioner casts his vote
Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar cast his vote at Nampally polling station.
Cyberabad police commissioner casts vote
Cyberabad police commissioner V C Sajjannar cast his vote.
Tollywood actors cast vote in Hyderabad
Tollywood actors Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Allu Arjun cast their votes in Jubilee Hills polling station.8:37 am IST
EVMs malfunction in Hayathnagar, voters sent back
At one of the polling stations at Hayathnagar in Ranga Reddy district, voters were sent back as polling could not be commences due to malfunctioning of EVMs.8:35 am IST
BJP’s G Kishan Reddy casts vote
BJP’s G Kishan Reddy cast his vote at polling booth no.7 in Kachiguda, Hyderabad.
Andhra Pradesh govt declares holiday for secretariat employees
Andhra Pradesh government declared a holiday for secretariat employees and those attached to heads of departments who shifted from Hyderabad to Amaravati after capital location to participate in Telangana polls.
Over 3,000 employees are expected to exercise their franchise.8:27 am IST
Former minister and Bahujan Left Front candidate Mothkupalli Narsimhulu suffers heart attack
Former minister and Bahujan Left Front candidate Mothkupalli Narsimhulu from Alair constituency suffered a heart attack, and has been shifted to Hyderabad after initial treatment at Bhongir government hospital.8:25 am IST
PCC working president A Revanth Reddy casts vote
PCC working president A Revanth Reddy casts his vote at his native village Kondareddipalli.8:23 am IST
Polling begins at Kodangal late by an hour
Due to technical glitch polling in Kodangal booth began an hour late.8:22 am IST
Actor Allu Arjun outside Hyderabad polling booth8:20 am IST
Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, his wife actor Amala Akkineni outside polling booth in Hyderabad
Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and his wife actor Amala Akkineni stand in a queue to cast their votes at booth no. 151 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
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Telangana: Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and his wife & actor Amala Akkineni stand in a queue to cast their votes at booth no. 151 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. #TelanganaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/IZpOhBmyTU— ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018
Over 1.50 lakh polling officials on duty
Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the state, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations. More than 1.50 lakh polling officials, including reserve staff, are on duty.
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1.39 crore female voters registered
Out of a total 2,80,64,684 voters registered in the state’s electoral roll, 1,41,56,182 are males while 1,39,05,811 are females.8:05 am IST
Voters queue outside polling station in Warangal
As polling begins, voters have formed queues outside polling station in Warangal.
Polling yet to commence in Kodangal due to technical problems
In Kodangal, from where Telangana PCC chief A Revanth Reddy is contesting, polling is yet to commence due to technical problems.7:50 am IST
NTR’s granddaughter, TDP candidate from Kukatpally casts vote
NTR’s granddaughter Nandamuri Suhasini, TDP candidate from Kukatpally, cast her vote in Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad.7:49 am IST
Polling yet to begin at a station in Amberpet due to technical problem
“Voting is yet to begin at the polling station at GHMC Indoor Stadium, Amberpet due to a technical problem. Voting in the state began at 7 am today.7:35 am IST
44,415 ballot units being used
In all 44,415 ballot units, 7,557 reserve ballot units, 32,016 control units 4,432 reserve control units and 32,016 VVPATs, and 5,261 reserve VVPATs are being used for the polling.7:30 am IST
People queue outside polling station in Hyderabad
People queue outside a polling station in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad to cast their votes.
Minister G Jagadeesh Reddy casts vote at Suryapet
Minister G Jagadeesh Reddy today casted his vote at Suryapet.7:20 am IST
Roads and buildings minister Tummala Nageswara Rao casts vote
Roads and buildings minister Tummala Nageswara Rao and his family members vote at Gollagudem village in Khammam district.7:16 am IST
TRS president KCR’s nephew in Siddipet
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s nephew and irrigation minister T Harish Rao cast their vote at Siddipet.
Highest number of 42 contestants in Malkajgiri constituency
In all, 1,821 candidates of different political parties are in fray along with a few independents. Malkajgiri constituency has the highest number of 42 contestants and Banswada the least, 6.7:13 am IST
Polling to take place in 32,815 polling stations
As polling begins in Telangana, 32,815 polling stations have been set up for the people to cast their vote.7:07 am IST
Polling officers conduct mock polling for agents
Polling officers are conducting mock polling for agents of contestants to demonstrate functioning of EVMs.7:05 am IST
Voters form queues outside a polling station in Pothangal6:30 am IST
Voting to begin shortly in Telangana
In Telangana, polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 pm.6:25 am IST
KCR, son, nephew among 1,821 candidates in fray
Telangana Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao, his 14 cabinet colleagues including a son and a nephew and state presidents of the Congress and the BJP are among 1,821 candidates in the fray for Telangana Assembly elections.6:21 am IST
Huge sums of unaccounted cash, liquor seized since Model Code of Conduct came into effect
Huge sums of unaccounted cash and illegal liquor and other goods were seized since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on September 27.
As per the last count, the total seizures stood at nearly ₹135 crore including unaccounted cash, illegal liquor and other goods, Rajat Kumar said adding that the total seizures was 90 per cent more than that of during 2014 polls.6:14 am IST
For the first time, VVPAT to be used in Telangana
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 are in the fray in the election.6:11 am IST
Tight security in Telangana for a smooth election
Additional DG ( Law and order) Jitender 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.6:07 am IST
Over 2.80 crore electorate eligible to exercise vote
Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the State, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations across.