TRS, Congress con­fi­dent of vic­tory in Te­lan­gana

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

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.

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