TRS, Congress confident of victory in Telangana
With polling coming to an end for the Assembly elections in Telangana yesterday, both the ruling TRS and the main opposition Congress were confident of a victory.
While the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) exuded confidence of retaining the power, Congress was sure that the People’s Front led by it will form the next government.
TRS leader K T Rama Rao said the party would win two-thirds majority in the 119-member Assembly.
After voting in Siddipet district, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao exuded confidence that the TRS would win the polls with a huge majority.
Congress party’s Telangana unit President Uttam Kumar Reddy, however, remained confident that the alliance would come to power. He told reporters that the alliance would win 85 seats.
Congress Working President Revanth Reddy claimed that the people had given a mandate in favour of the People’s Front.
About 70% of 2.8 voters cast their ballots yesterday as the polling ended on a peaceful note, barring minor incidents.
The exact poll percentage will be known after receipt of detailed reports from the districts, officials said in Hyderabad.
Some 56.17% voters had voted by 3pm.
Polling ended in 13 constituencies affected by Maoist violence at 4pm.
This is the first full-fledged election in India’s youngest state.
In the 2014 elections held in united Andhra Pradesh, Telangana had registered a voter turnout of 68.9 %.
Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said barring sporadic incidents, the polling was peaceful and smooth in all 32,815 polling stations across 31 districts.
In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Of the total electorate, nearly half are women.
There were 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.
Many celebrities including superstar Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler P V Sindhu voted, but this failed to enthuse the voters as overall turnout remained less than 40% by 3pm.
Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.
As many as 55,329 EVMs and 39,763 control units were in use.
For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were installed across the state.
Counting of votes will be taken up on December 11.