Telangana Assembly election 2018 LIVE: Voting for 119 seats underway
Hyderabad: Voting for the 119 seats of Telangana is underway today. Over 2.8 crore voters of Telangana are expected to exercise their franchise to elect the new government in the state.
Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 5 pm, except in 13 constituencies classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, where the process ends at 4 pm.
As many as 1,821 candidates, including a transgender, are in fray in today’s assembly election which is the first full-fledged polls in the country’s youngest state.
Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the voting process in 32,815 polling stations.
For the first time, the Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.
The Assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved prematurely on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet.
Counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.
Here are LIVE updates on Telangana Assembly elections 2018
08:49 am: Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyan Srihari cast his vote in Warangal.
08:31 am: BJP's G Kishan Reddy cast his vote at polling booth no.7 in Kachiguda, Hyderabad.
08:20 am: Actor Allu Arjun stood in a queue to cast his vote at booth no. 152 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
08:18 am: Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, his wife and actor Amala Akkineni waited in queue to cast their votes at booth no. 151 in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
07:55 am: Voting is yet to begin at the polling station at GHMC Indoor Stadium, Amberpet. The delay is due to a technical problem. Voting in the Telangana began at 7 am on Friday.
07:50 am: Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao cast his vote in polling booth no. 102 in Siddipet constituency.
07:35 am: People queue outside a polling station in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad to cast their votes.
07:33 am: Nizamabad: Voters exercise their franchise at a polling station in Pothangal.
07:23 am: BJP President Amit Shah has appealed to voters in Telangana to exercise their franchise.
06:58 am: Nizamabad: Voters queue outside a polling station in Pothangal where voting will begin shortly.