Telangana assembly election results 2-18: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is greeted by his party workers as they celebrate their party's victory in the state Assembly elections, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Telangana assembly election results 2-18: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is greeted by his party workers as they celebrate their party's victory in the state Assembly elections, at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Telangana election results Highlights: KCR calls for non-BJP, non-Congress rule

The results of the Telangana assembly election 2018 were declared on Tuesday, which saw K Chandrashekar Rao’s TRS emerging unscathed with 88 seats.This is Telangana’s first assembly election and was being seen as a straight fight between the ruling TRS and the Congress-led opposition alliance. Telengana elections were due in May 2019. TRS leader and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao took a huge gamble by calling these elections 6 months early. Click here for LIVE Updates of Assembly Elections Results 2018All exit polls for Telangana had shown TRS  ahead in the race to bag a majority in 119-member assembly. The Congress had fought KCR’s early poll gamble with the four-party Maha Kootami, for which it had roped in its one-time fierce foe, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of Chandrababu Naidu. The BJP, which had contested the 2014 polls in alliance with the TDP, is also contesting all seats, while Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting eight assembly constituencies in Hyderabad and supporting the TRS elsewhere in the state.In the 2014 elections, TRS had won 63 seats, the Congress 21, the TDP 15 and the BJP won 5 seats.

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 02:42 AM IST
9:00 pm IST

Top leaders convey best wished to KCR

“Vice president of India Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah, Maharashtra governor Vidyasagar Rao, have conveyed their best wishes over phone to chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. DMK leader MK Stalin also conveyed his best wishes.

8:45 pm IST

Seat-share of parties

As results of 111 seats out of 119 are out, following is break up of number of seats that each party won: party wise:

TRS won 82 seats, INC won 19 seats, TDP won 2, BJP won 1, MIM won 5, AFB won 1, whereas an independent candidate won 1 seat.

7:50 pm IST

KCR to meet Governor ESL Narasimhan

KCR will be meeting Governor ESL Narasimhan shortly.

7:30 pm IST

TRS legislature party meet at 11:30 am tomorrow

TRS legislature party will meet at Telangana Bhavan at 11.30 am on Wednesday to elect KCR as the leader of the legislature party.

7:10 pm IST

Populist schemes pay handsome dividends to KCR

A slew of populist schemes like ‘Raithu Bandhu’ investment support scheme for farmers and social security pensions paid handsome dividends to TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, who led his party to a thumping victory in Telangana.

6:25 pm IST

With KCR to ensure non-Cong, non-BJP govt: Owaisi

“After seeing K Chandrasekhar Rao from very close quarters I feel that this nation deserves a leader like him and I hope that the next step he’ll take will be successful and I’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with him ensuring that in 2019 election there’s a non-Congress and non-BJP government,” said AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

6:15 pm IST

KCR has all capabilities to ensure a non-Cong govt: Owaisi

“I say this with all responsibility that K Chandrasekhar Rao has all capabilities and capacities to ensure that a non-Congress government comes into existence when the next parliament election takes place and this country requires a non-Congress and a non-BJP government,” said AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

5:58 pm IST

KCR’s presser ends

KCR’s press conference ends

5:57 pm IST

Asaduddin Owaisi not a fundamentalist, says KCR

(Asaduddin) Owaisi is a very good intellectual of this country, he is not a fundamentalist..he is a secular political leader. He is needed....we will go around the country together and work together: KCR

5:55 pm IST

Opposition unity plan to be revealed in 10 days, says KCR

In 10 days, we will unleash the whole, the opposition unity plan in Delhi: KCR

5:53 pm IST

My new slogan is ‘Bharat Mukt of Congress, BJP: KCR

People are vexed because they don’t have an alternative between Cong and BJP....Till now Congress has said BJP- Mukt Nharat and BJP says Congress- Mukt Bharat.... my new slogan is Bharat-Mukt of Cong and BJP: KCR

5:51 pm IST

Details of new national party soon, says KCR

Will release details of this new national party (consortium of regional parties) shortly: KCR

5:49 pm IST

KCR says Naidu’s jibe on Hyderabad answered by people

(Chandrababu) Naidu’s jibe that only he had built Hyderabad has been answered by the people, I don’t have anything to add to it: KCR

5:48 pm IST

Dire need for political surgery of the country: KCR

‘There is a dire need for political surgery of this country....only injections won’t is needed’

5:46 pm IST

New economic and agricultural models needed: KCR

A new economic model, agricultural model is required for the country, a revolution is needed in these sectors: KCR

5:44 pm IST

A new consortium of regional parties may be formed soon: KCR

The Federal Front is not is of the people of India...It will have people, not mere leaders... very soon a new national party may be formed which will be a consortium of regional parties: KCR

5:39 pm IST

People demanding I should play role in Andhra politics: KCR

People are demanding that I should play a role in Andhra politics: KCR

5:36 pm IST

States’ autonomy should grow: KCR

KCR says the autonomy of states should grow

5:32 pm IST

Why are farmers’ susbsidies controversial here, asks KCR

What crime have farmers done in this country? Every country in the world gives subsidies to farmers ...why is it only controversial here ? : KCR

5:30 pm IST

‘India needs to tackle arrogance of BJP, Cong’

India needs to tackle arrogance of BJP and Congress, says KCR

5:26 pm IST

Why should Delhi control Telangana’s development, asks KCR

Why should Delhi control urban development of Telangana and Karnataka? why should they keep it?

5:24 pm IST

Unnatural alliance reason for Maha Kootami’s defeat: KCR

KCR says the reasons for the defeat of Maha Kootami are wild allegations by opposition and unnatural alliance

5:23 pm IST

‘Surgical strike, temple issue brought up only during polls’

Surgical strike, mandir (Ram temple issue) all brought up only during elections, says KCR.

5:22 pm IST

‘RBI sitting on Rs 8-9 lakh crore which isn’t being used properly’

RBI is sitting on Rs 8-9 lakh crore and it is not being used properly..similarly Rs 9 lakh crore is available with Ratnas (PSU)’s but not being used: KCR

5:20 pm IST

‘What is required is BJP-Mukt Bharat & Cong-Mukt Bharat’

Very shortly, you will see me very active on the national front...I have full confidence that in the next one month, we can bring high qualitative change in Indian political scenario...I am clear what is required is BJP-Mukt Bharat, Congress-Mukt Bharat: KCR

5:18 pm IST

Congress has won due to lack of alternatives

Congress has won 3 states today because of lack of alternatives: KCR

5:17 pm IST

‘Divisive politics has destroyed India’

My friend Asaduddin Owaisi and I discussed yesterday how to unite minorities -whether Muslims or Christiansor others....Divisive politics have destroyed India.

5:15 pm IST

‘We lost some seats due to our own mistakes’

We lost 17-18 seats by our own mistakes...for instance , Khammam,says KCR

5:14 pm IST

Every section voted for us: KCR

Every section BC’s, SC’s Dalits, minorities all voted for us.....The vote we have got is a positive vote: KCR

5:13 pm IST

Our aim is to unite the polity of India, says KCR

“I will start working on national politics now....I once again reiterate it is not alignment of parties, our aim is unite polity of India, people of India”

5:12 pm IST

Our agri schemes have been praised: KCR

I will be soon be going to Delhi..there are 15 crores farmers in the country..Noted economist Ashok Gulati has praised our agri schemes like giving Rs 5000 per acre: KCR

5:10 pm IST

Country needs a new economic model: KCR

The country needs a new economic model, a new agricultural model, we are a rich agricultural country...we should feed the world....our productivity is low compared to Israel and others.: KCR

5:09 pm IST

‘We are here to serve people of Telangana’

‘We don’t have any bosses or agents, we are not servants of anybody...we are here only to serve Telangana people’

5:07 pm IST

‘Non-BJP, non-Congres rule should come’

We will give new definition to new national poll scenario....In this country, non-BJP, non-Cong rule should come, Telangana has shown the way.

5:06 pm IST

Results are for all to see: KCR

The Prime Minister, senior leaders, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi all came (to Telangana for campaigning) but the results are there too see. Nitish, Mamta all called and congratulated me: KCR

5:05 pm IST

Telangana will have important role in national politics: KCR

In national politics too, Telangana will have an important role to play...In every meeting I have said it is the win of the people, not the leaders of Telangana: KCR

5:03 pm IST

KCR thanks admin, police and EC for incident-free polls

(I am) happy that elections went off smoothly and was without any incidents. The administration, police and EC must be thanked for it, as also media, says KCR.

5:02 pm IST

‘Will ensure programmes to remove poverty among backward castes’

Since the Backward Castes are more than 50% of our population...will ensure programmes to remove poverty among them too: KCR

5:00 pm IST

All minorities will be protected: KCR

All minorities will be protected and their interests taken care of....Dalits who have been discriminated against for decades, their needs need to be we will develop a special strategy to address these injustices and their poverty should be banished: KCR

4:59 pm IST

We have a huge responsibility: KCR

Just like the spectacular victory, we also have a huge responsibility....We want a healthy Telangana, will take steps to ensure that this happens: KCR

4:57 pm IST

Will expeditiously fulfil all promises: KCR

Land rights will be addressed, want to help artisans with tools to help them modernise, want to help youth get jobs, will expeditiously complete all promises made: KCR

4:56 pm IST

“Determined to bring irrigation water for 1 crore acres”: KCR

KCR says, “During this term Telangana people have aspired for thousands of dreams..we should fulfil that. I am determined to bring irrigation water for 1 crore acres through the Kaleshwaram project”.

4:55 pm IST

“We should remain humble”

“I want to tell TRS workers and leaders that with this verdict we should remain humble and connected to people..we shouldn’t get arrogant: KCR

4:53 pm IST

KCR addresses media, says victory belongs to people

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao starts addressing media, says victory belongs to people. “Dalits, minorities, women, harijan are the ones cause for victory...I bow my head to them and congratulate them on this victory..also congratulate TRS workers and leaders,” says KCR.

4:44 pm IST

KT Rama Rao wins from Siricilla, his ‘highest majority ever’

KT Rama Rao has won from Siricilla assembly constituency. Reacting to his victory on microblogging site Twitter, KTR called his ‘highest majority ever’.

4:30 pm IST

KCR expected to address press conference shortly

KCR garlanded the statue of ‘Telangana Talli” (mother Telangana). He is expected to address a press conference shortly.

4:22 pm IST

TRS chief KCR reaches party office

K Chandrasekhar Rao reaches Telangana Bhavan, TRS party office. He is cheered by party supporters present there.

4:18 pm IST

TRS wins from Nirmal seat

A Indrakaran Reddy of TRS wins from Nirmal seat. Reddy, a former minister, defeated Congress’ Aleti Nageswar Reddy by 9,651 votes.

4:07 pm IST

KT Rama Rao meets party workers

TRS leader and son of caretaker CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, KT Rama Rao met with party workers at the party office in Hyderabad. The party has won on seven seats and leading in 79 constituencies according to official Election Commission trends.

4:02 pm IST

Owaisi’s AIMIM bags 2 seats, leading on 4

AIMIM has bagged two seats and is leading in four others in the Telangana assembly election as per the latest trends in the counting of votes. While party president Asaduddin Owaisi’s brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi, won from Chandrayangutta constituency for the fifth time in a row, another party candidate Mohammed Moazam Khan was declared elected from Bahadurpura constituency: PTI

3:42 pm IST

TRS gets majority in Telangana, wins 60 seats

TRS gets majority in Telangana assembly elections. The party has won 60 seats in the 119-member assembly: PTI

3:38 pm IST

M Vikramarka of Congress makes a comeback, wins in Madhira

Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, one of the four working presidents of Congress in Telangana has won from the Madhira seat. Vikramarka was earlier trailing but made a comeback to record a win .

3:25 pm IST

People recognise BJP hasn’t done anything in 5 yrs: Chandrababu Naidu

Reacting to the results of five assembly elections, Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu said people recognised that the BJP has done nothing in the last five years. “People recognise that BJP has done nothing in last 5 years and are moving towards alternative. People are with us in our fight against BJP. These five states results will help form a strong alternative to the BJP,” ANI reported Naidu as saying.

3:20 pm IST

Celebrations continue for TRS

Buoyed by the party’s massive win in Telangana assembly election, celebrations continue at the TRS office in Hyderabad’s Banjara Hills.

TRS supporters celebrate outside TRS Bhavan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. ( Kunal Patil/HT Photo )
3:13 pm IST

KCR cabinet minister T Srinivas Yadav wins from Sanath Nagar seat

TRS candidate and minister in KCR cabinet, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, wins from Sanath Nagar constituency by 30,217 votes: ANI

3:09 pm IST

Chandrababu Naidu congratulates KCR

TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu congratulates KCR. Naidu issued a statement, saying TDP will honor people’s mandate.

3:04 pm IST

Kranthi Kiran of TRS defeats Cong candidate in Andole

Kranthi Kiran of ruling TRS has won from the Andole assembly constituency. Kiran, a journalist who joined TRS just before assembly elections, defeated Damodar Rajanarsimha of the Congress .

3:00 pm IST

BJP wins Goshamahal seat

BJP candidate wins Goshamahal seat. T Raja Singh won by a margin of 16,000 votes defeating Prem Singh Rathod of the TRS.

2:55 pm IST

Congress’ Nalgonda candidate suffers heart attack

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, Congress candidate from Nalgonda seat, suffers heart attack after hearing about his election loss.He was rushed to the hospital and his condition is stated to be critical.

2:50 pm IST

‘Grateful, indebted and humbled’: KCR’s son on victory

KT Rama Rao, son of caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, thanked the people of Telangana for giving TRS another opportunity to serve. KTR, as he is popularly known, was a minister in his father’s cabinet.


2:38 pm IST

Congratulations pour in for KCR on TRS victory

Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Bihar and Karnataka have congratulated their Telangana counterpart K. Chandrshekhar Rao on the massive victory of his ruling TRS in the assembly elections. West Bengal chief minsiter Mamata Banerjee, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy telephoned the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president to convey their congratulations, reports news agency IANS. According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office, YSR Congress Party President and leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Sarada Peetam head Swaroopanandendra Saraswati also congratulated Rao.

2:30 pm IST

Cong-led alliance needs to analyse ‘failure’: TDP

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said the Congresss-led alliance, of which it is a part, needs to analyse and introspect on the grouping’s “failure” in the Telangana Assembly elections: Speaking to PTI, senior TDP leader Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy said, “”We have to analyse the factors that contributed to the success of TRS and failure of our alliance.” Reddy said they were expecting to get more number of seats and the results are “not to our expectations”.

2:24 pm IST

Ex-assembly speaker Madhusudhana Chary loses

TRS candidate from Bhupalapalli, Madhusudhana Chary has lost the assembly election. He was the speaker of the dissolved state assembly.

2:18 pm IST

TRS candidate from Mulug loses

Another sitting TRS lawmaker and minister in KCR cabinet Ajmeera Chandulal has lost to the Congress candidate in Mulug seat.

2:13 pm IST

KCR wins from Gajwel

Telangana’s caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has won from the Gajwel assembly constituency. He won by over 50,000 votes.

2:02 pm IST

‘Not moral but only ‘technical’ victory for TRS’: CPI

The Communist Party of India (CPI) has alleged that elections in Telangana were not free and fair. New agency PTI reported CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy as saying, “Huge distribution of money, particulary on the last day (before the election)...purchasing the votes..this must have resulted in this victory for TRS.” Reddy also said it was not a moral but only “technical” victory for the TRS. CPI is part of the four party alliance, People’s Front, which also comprises of Congress, TDP and TJS.

1:50 pm IST

Two TRS candidates lose

Amidst a winning spree for the ruling TRS, two key party leaders have lost in assembly elecgtions. Tummala Nageswar Rao from Palair and Jupalli Krishna Rao from Kollapur lost to their Congress opponents. Both are former ministers.

1:39 pm IST

‘No Cong or BJP in Telangana’: T Harish Rao

Speaking after his victory, Harish Rao said, “There is no Congress or BJP in Telangana. People have reimposed faith in KCR’s leadership. We will re-dedicate ourselves to the welfare of Telangana people.” He called it a historic day for TRS and Telangana.

1:36 pm IST

T Harish Rao of TRS wins from Siddipet

TRS candidate T Harish Rao has won from the Siddipet assembly constituency by 126,550 votes. Harish Rao, who is the nephew of caretaker CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and was the irrigation minister in his cabinet,has won for the sixth consecutive time. His nearest rival was Bhavani Marikanti of Telangana Jana Samithi .

1:30 pm IST

Cong submits complaint to EC, suspects EVMs in T’gana manipulated

Congress submits complaint to Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, raising suspicion that EVMs have been manipulated in the state, reports ANI. The party has demanded that all votes be counted using the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) to ascertain the exact number of votes polled by each candidate.

1:14 pm IST

‘Jai Telangana’ & ‘KCR Zindabad’ slogans reverberate at TRS office

Slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’ and ‘KCR Zindabad’ reverberate at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters of TRS as the party surges ahead in assembly election results.

TRS supporters at the party HQ in Hyderabad. ( HT Photo )
12:55 pm IST

Revanth Reddy of Cong trailing in Kodangal after 10th round

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president A Revanth Reddy continues to trail in Kodangal seat. At the end of 10th round of counting, he was trailing by 6,123 votes.

12:34 pm IST

‘Not possible to tamper with EVMs’: K Kavitha on Cong charge

K Kavitha, TRS MP and daughter of caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao says the losing party always says the EVMs have been tampered with. She said this to news agency ANI while reacting to Congress charge.


12:30 pm IST

Cong-led alliance heading for ‘huge defeat’ in T’gana: Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said the polls were fought on the basis of the performance of state governments, rejecting the notion that the results would be a reflection of the Modi government.Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Singh also pointed out the Congress-led grand alliance was heading to a “huge defeat” in Telangana, reports PTI.

12:23 pm IST

TRS Legislature Party meeting today to elect KCR as leader

Telangana Rashtra Samithi Legislature Party will hold a meeting in the evening today to elect KCR as its leader, said party sources.

12:19 pm IST

‘This was expected’: TRS leader Jithender Reddy on poll results

Commenting on the TRS sweep in Telangana assembly election, party leader AP Jithender Reddy told PTI, “This was expected because the people have accepted the (welfare) schemes (initiated by the government)...the infrastructure that has been built....24-hour power supply and timely pensions.” Jithender Reddy is the party’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha.

12:10 pm IST

Massive win for T Harish Rao from Siddipet

Massive win for TRS candidate from Siddipet assembly constituency T Harish Rao. He won 92, 909 votes. Harish Rao is KCR’s nephew.

12:05 pm IST

Telangana Jana Samithi office wears deserted look

The office of Telangana Jana Samithi which contested as a part of People’s Front wears a deserted look.

Telanagana Jana Samithi office ( HT Photo )
12:03 pm IST

Parkal seat goes to TRS

Parkal assembly seat won by Challa Dharma Reddy of TRS . He defeated Konda Surekha of Congress

11:59 am IST

Former Cong minister Jeevan Reddy loses to TRS candidate in Jagtial

Sanjay Kumar of TRS defeats former Congress minister Jeevan Reddy from Jagtial by a margin of 60,000 votes. Jeevan Reddy is a six-time MLA.

11:52 am IST

KCR leads over Cong rival after 6th round

TRS president and Telangana caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao leading by 17,074 votes in Gajwel seat over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy after sixth round: PTI

11:47 am IST

KCR to address media at 4 pm

Telangana’s caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will address media at 4 pm.

11:40 am IST

Telangana Cong prez ‘suspects tampering in EVMs’

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Uttam Kumar Reddy says there is suspicion EVMs have been manipulated. “Going by the distorted trends, there is a strong suspicion that EVM machines have been manipulated. We demand that 100 percent counting of VVPAT paper trails must be taken up in all constituencies. All Congress candidates should submit letters to their returning officers demanding counting of VVPAT paper trails,” said Reddy.

11:26 am IST

G Sayanna of TRS defeats S Satyanarayana of Congress

G Sayanna of TRS defeated former Union minister Sarve Satyanarayana of the Congress in Secunderabad Cantonment seat.

11:23 am IST

Telangana BJP prez K Laxman trailing in Musheerabad

Telangana BJP president K Laxman is trailing in Musheerabad segment by 2,710 votes behind TRS nominee M Gopal after second round: PTI

11:22 am IST

Ruling TRS leading in 90 assembly constituencies

The ruling TRS looked set to sweep the assembly polls in Telangana on Tuesday, with its candidates leading in 90 constituencies, leaving People’s Front led by the Congress way behind: PTI

11:19 am IST

G Sayanna of TRS wins from Secunderabad Cantonment

G Sayanna of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi declared winner from Secunderabad Cantonment assembly seat. He won by a margin of 12,000 votes over his nearest rival.

11:09 am IST

Visuals of TRS cadre in celebratory mood outside party office

11:05 am IST

Telangana state Congress chief leading in Huzurnagar

Telangana state Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy is leading in Huzurnagar constituency by 1,852 votes over his nearest rival Saidi Reddy of TRS after the third round: PTI

11:04 am IST

TRS ahead in areas dominated by Andhra settlers

TRS leads in all the three segments dominated by settlers from Andhra - Serelingampalli, Kukatpalli and Sanathnagar in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation areas. Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu had campaigned extensively here.

10:56 am IST

‘No contest, KCR garu will be CM again’: TRS cadre

Celebrations continue outside TRS office in Hyderabad as the party continues to surge ahead in counting trends. Party cadre said, “This is a no is a one sided war..KCR garu will be CM again.”

10:49 am IST

TRS leading in Adilabad

TRS appears to be heading for a clean sweep in the tribal district of Adilabad. The party is leading in all seven assembly constituencies there .

10:45 am IST

KCR ahead of Congress rival after 5th round of counting

K Chandrasekhar Rao is leading by 9,212 votes over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel constituency after the fifth round of counting: PTI

10:35 am IST

TRS leading in 7 seats in Khammam district

TRS is leading in seven of the 10 assembly constituencies in Khammam district. The party had got only one seat in 2014 elections.

10:26 am IST

Congress’ Revanth Reddy continues to trail in Kodangal

Revanth Reddy of Congress continues to trail in Kodangal at the end of sixth round of counting.

10: 23 am IST

Akbaruddin Owaisi of AIMIM wins

Akbaruddin Owaisi of AIMIM wins from Chandrayangutta constituency. He is the younger brother of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

10:19 am IST

KT Rama Rao, son of caretaker CM KCR, leads in Sircilla

KT Rama Rao, son of caretaker chief minister KCR, is leading in Sircilla by 20,400 votes by end of 4th round.

10:12 am IST

TRS will hit a century, claim party cadre

Telangana is turning pink with the ruling TRS maintaining its lead. Party cadres are already celebrating outside the party office,Telangana Bhavan, in Hyderabad and some of them have claimed that TRS will hit a century (100 seats).

10:05 am IST

Telangana turning pink

Ruling TRS continues to lead in Telangana. Celebrations outside the Telangana Bhavan, the party HQs in Hyderabad.

Celebrations outside TRS Bhavan, Hyderabad ( Kunal Patil / HT Photo )
10:04 am IST

T Harish continues to be ahead in Siddipet

T Harish of TRS is in the lead in Siddipet seat by 33, 104 votes by the end of the fourth round of counting.

9:54 am IST

KCR leading in Gajwel in 3rd round

K Chandrasekhar Rao, caretaker chief minister of Telangana, is leading in Gajwel by 6, 569 votes in 3rd round.

9:49 am IST

TRS leading in 82 seats

Telangana Rashtra Samithi is leading in 82 seats, Cong + leads in 18, BJP and AIMIM on four seats eadh and others on one seat.

9:45 am IST

TRS and AIMIM have been friendly parties from beginning: K Kavitha

“TRS and AIMIM have been friendly parties from the beginning. We did not have any alliance but had friendly contest in AIMIM seats,” says K Kavitha on friendly contest between TRS and AIMIM.

9:43 am IST

TRS is going to get massive mandate: K Kavitha

K Kavitha , TRS Member of Parliament and KCR’s daughter , says, “TRS is going to get massive mandate. Unlike Congress- TDP, we did not cheat the people.” Commenting on the opposition, she said, “There is nothing for them to complain against us.”

9:40 am IST

T Harish leading in Siddipet in 4th round

T Harish, KCR’s nephew and a minister in his cabinet, is leading in Siddipet 26,098 in the fourth round.

9:37 am IST

Telangana Congress’ working prez Vikramarka trailing

Telangana Congress’ working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is trailing in Madhira seat after the first round of counting.

9:32 am IST

TRS leading on 12 seats: Election Commission

According to official Election Commission trends, TRS is leading on 12 seats while Congress and AIMIM are leading on 1 seat each in Telangana.

9:30 am IST

Congress office in Hyderabad

The Congress office in Hyderabad ( Kunal Patil / HT Photo )
9:25 am IST

N Suhasini of TDP trails in Kukatappally

Nandamuri Suhasini, TDP candidate from Kukatappally, is trailing over the TRS candidate. Suhasini is the niece of Andhra chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and granddaughter of late NTR.

9:20 am IST

KCR is leading in Gajwel after 3rd round of counting

Telanaganal’s caretaker CM KC Rao is leading in Gajwel assembly constituency by 5,219 votes at the end of 3rd round of counting of votes.

9:15 am IST

K Jana Reddy of Congress trails in Nagarjuna Sagar seat

Senior Congress leader and one of probables for chief minister’s post, K Jana Reddy trails over TRS candidate in Nagarjuna Sagar seat.

9:08 am IST

Voters will bring us back to power: K Kavitha, TRS Member of Parliament

K Kavitha, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP says, “We believe people of Telangana are with us. We have sincerely worked and utilised the opportunity given to us. So I believe voters will bring us back to power, and that too independently. We are very confident about it.”: ANI

9:05 am IST

KCR leading in Gajwel

Caretaker chief minister KC Chandrasekhar Rao is leading in Gajwel by 4, 863 votes in first round of counting.

9:03 am IST

TDP’s Nama Nageswara Rao trailing in Khammam

Former MP and business tycoon Nama Nageswar Rao of TDP trailing in Khammam seat.

9:00 am IST

Revanth Reddy of Congress leading in Kodangal

Revanth Reddy of Congress is leading in Kodangal. He is the likely chief ministerial candidate of People’s Front if the alliance forms the government.

8:57 am IST

T Harish Rao of TRS leading in Siddhipet in first round

TRS minister and chief minister KCR’s nephew T Harish Rao leads by 6000 votes in first round in Siddhipet constituency.

8:53 am IST

TRS leading in early trends of counting

Early trends in counting of votes have started to come in. Ruling TRS is leading in 11, People’s Front is 3

8:48 am IST

Counting of votes from EVMs begins

First round of counting of votes from electronic voting machines begins

8:47 am IST

TRS ahead in 13 seats in postal ballots counting

Counting of postal ballot continues. The ruling Telanagana Rashtra Samithi is still leading and is ahead in 13 seats, followed by Congress in five and the BJP in one seat.

8:43 am IST

How counting is conducted

At every counting centre, the authorities have arranged 14 tables for simultaneous counting of votes for each constituency. The completion of counting at all 14 tables is treated as one round. Each Assembly constituency will have a 14 to 20 rounds, depending the number of voters.

8:35 am IST

TRS leading in early trends in counting of postal ballots

In early trends in counting of postal ballots, TRS is leading on 10 seats and Congress is ahead in 3.

8:25 am IST

Counting of postal ballots taken up first

There are 44 counting centres across the state. Election officials first took up postal ballots for counting. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be opened for counting after this.

8:20 am IST

Congress workers perform ‘hawan’ outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence


8:15 am IST

KCR first won from Gajwel in 2014

In 2014, KCR won the election for the first time on TRS ticket from Gajwel over TDP candidate Vanteru Pratap Redddy with a margin of over 19,000 votes.

8:10 am IST

Caretaker chief minister KCR contesting from Gajwel

Telangana’s caretaker chief minister KC Chandrasekhar Rao is contesting the assembly election from Gajwel seat in Siddipet district. He is the sitting MLA from the constituency. KCR is up against Congress candidate Vanteru Pratap Reddy and Akula Vijaya of the BJP.

8:05 am IST

Political options being explored in case of hung assembly

The absolute majority mark in the 119-member Telangana assembly is 60. Political parties are not taking chances and are exploring various options in case they fall short of absolute majority mark .

8:00 am IST

Counting of votes begins

Counting of votes in Telangana assembly elections begins. Counting is also taking place in four other states - Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan - where assembly elections were held in November-December.

7:55 am IST

‘Will play a vital role in formation of next govt: BJP

The BJP has claimed it would play a ‘vital role’ in the formation of the next government in Telangana. The party has predicted a fractured poll mandate in the state.

7:40 am IST

Local and development issues were focus of campaigning

Campaigning in the state focussed on local and development issues.But it was also bitter with personalised attacks by leaders of various parties, who relied on emotional issues too to sway voters.

7:35 am IST

Owaisi predicts victory for TRS

Before meeting KCR, Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted,saying TRS will form the next government in Telangana on its own strength and his party will stand by it and its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.

7:30 am IST

AIMIM chief Owaisi meets KC Chandrasekhar Rao

Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi met with Telangana’s caretaker chief minister and TRS president KC Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday held discussions for more than two hours. The meeting led to speculations that Owaisi’s Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen could extend support to the TRS in forming the next government in the event of the latter falling short of a majority.

7:22 am IST

Congress-TDP want alliance to be considered one entity

The Congress and Telugu Desam Party met the Telangana governor on Monday, a day before counting of votes, requesting that their People’s Front, an alliance of four parties, be treated as a single political entity. The alliance also want to be given the first opportunity to form the next government in Telangana if it gets more seats than the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the event of a hung assembly.

7:15 am IST

Advantage ruling TRS: Exit polls

According to exit polls conducted on December 7, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appeared to have an advantage, with India Today-Axis and Times Now-CNX predicting a clear victory for the party. Republic C-Voter forecast a close contest in the state.

7:10 am IST

Visuals of the Congress office in Hyderabad

7:00 am IST

1,821 candidates in fray for 119-member Telangana assembly

Around 67.5% of the 2.8 crore electorate exercised the franchise on December 7. As many as 1,821 candidates are contesting the elections and hope to get into the 119-member house.

6:30 am IST

Counting of votes to begin at 8am

Counting of votes for Telangana assembly election will begin at 8am along with other four states --Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan - where assembly elections were held.

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