Hyderabad: Polling was underway in Telangana on Friday to elect a new state Assembly amid tight security.

Polling began at 7 a.m. in all of the 119 constituencies in the first full-fledged elections in India's youngest state.

Polling process began in all 32,815 polling stations spread across 31 districts.

Voting began late in some polling centres due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Over 2.8 crore voters, nearly half of them women, are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the political fortunes of 1,821 candidates including Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.

Telangana's Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said polling will continue till 5 p.m. except in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies, where it will end an hour early.

Over 50,000 security personnel including 18,860 drafted from neighbouring states and central forces were deployed as part of the massive security arrangements.

Over 1.50 lakh polling personnel were on duty to conduct the polling process. As many as 55,329 EVMs and 39,763 control units were arranged for the polling.

For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were installed across the state.

The authorities have arranged 42,751 VVPAT, which are attached to the EVMS and will display for seven seconds the choice made by the voter.

The elections are expected to be a close contest between ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is contesting all seats on its own, and the opposition Congress-led People's Front.

The opposition alliance also includes Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is contesting all seats on its own, is the third key force in some constituencies.

The Bahujan Left Front (BLD) led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are also contesting majority of the seats.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting eight seats in Hyderabad.

TRS had opted for dissolution of Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.

Telangana Elections Live Updates

Madhira Poll Percentage:

38.7 voting registered

Madhira Constituency : 38.7 % Polled

Mudigonda 30.5%

Chinthakani 22.5%

Bonakal 32.8%

Madhira 33.5%

Yerrupalem 32.5%

Pinapaka 1PM Update :42% POlled

Karakagudem: 32%

Pinapka: 42%

Aswapuram: 55%

Allapalli: 42.36%

Gundala: 32%

Burgamapadu: 45%

Manuguru: 43%

Greater Hyderabad Mayor Bontu RamMohan cast his vote in Kushaiguda Pragathi School .

Bhadrachalam District 2:00 PM Status

Yellandu : 46 % Voting registered కొత్తగూడెం 49 శాతం

Pinapaka: 42 % Voting registered

Aswaraopeta : 38 % Voting registered

Bhadrachalam Total District 48 % Voting registered

Hyderabad District: 1:00 PM Status

28.28% Voting Registered

Vikarabad District:

Vikarabad:55% Voting registered

Parigi: 45% Voting registered

Tandur:38 % Voting registered

Kodangal: 31% Voting registered

Please bold Hyderbad point fully

Sangareddy: Former Dpty CM and Congress MLA Damodara Raja Narasinha from Andole , cast his vote in Polling Center no 187,Jogipeta Mandal in Andole Constituency , along with his family members.

Vikarabad District:

Vikarabad:55% Voting registered

Parigi: 45% Voting registered

Tandur:38 % Voting registered

Kodangal: 31% Voting registered

Hyderabad District: 1:00 PM Status

28.28% Voting Registered

TDP Prajakutami Candidate Nandamuri Suhasini cast her vote in Medhipatnam area

TDP Prajakutami Candidate Nandamuri Suhasini
TDP Prajakutami Candidate Nandamuri Suhasini

KCR Confident Of Sweeping Victory

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday exuded confidence that his party will retain power in the state after the Assembly polls with a huge majority.

The Chief Minister and his wife Shobha Rao cast their votes in Chintamadaka village, which is part of Siddipet constituency, where his nephew and cabinet minister T. Harish Rao is seeking re-election.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader, who is contesting from Gajwel constituency in the same district, told the media: "People are pro-incumbency. You will come know by the evening when exit polls will be out," said the TRS chief.

He also noted that the state was recording heavy polling.

"Hyderabad is also voting heavily. Even old age people are occupying huge lines."

Over 23 per cent polling has recorded by in the ongoing Telangana Assembly elections.

Congress Star Campaigner Vijayashanthi casts her vote

Congress Star Campaigner Vijayashanthi casts her vote
Congress Star Campaigner Vijayashanthi casts her vote

Kukatpally AC report:

Time 11.00 AM report: Male 29337 Female : 22272 others Nil

Total: 62420 percentage 22.50

12 PM Secunderabad assembly segment polling -27%Voting Registered

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi today exuded confidence that his party would be successful in Telangana assembly polls

"I am hopeful. I am fully confident that we will be successful in every seat. I hope people of Hyderabad, people of Telangana take this little difficulty, go out of homes and use their vote," he said.

Chief secretary SK Joshi ordered National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that there should be no toll fee for vehicles across Telangana till 5pm today

Telangana chief election commissioner Dr Rajat Kumar said that police have been asked to book a case over the attack on Congress candidate Vamshichand Reddy

Reddy, who is in fray from Kalwakurthy assembly constituency, was attacked by unidentified persons in Jangareddypalli village of Telangana's Mahbubnagar district earlier today.

Telangana DGP Mahinder Reddy said polling is going on peacefully across the state

Filmmaker K Raghavendra Rao tries to jump the queue to vote. When others in the line objected, he left without casting his vote

IMAX theatre management cancels morning show in view of polls

Movie goers who booked ticket online stage protest.

Bahujan Left Front candidate Mothkupalli Narasimlu from Alair admitted to a hospital after taking ill. Narasimlu, a former TDP leader, he quit the party recently and to contest as Bahujan Left Front candidate.

48% Voting Till 1PM

Heavy polling was recorded in the Telangana Assembly election on Friday, with officials reporting 48 percent voter turnout by 1 p.m.

According to information reaching Hyderabad, 48.09 per cent of over 2.8 crore voters had cast their votes in the first four hours.

The polling, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up in the last two hours. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said the polling was peaceful and smooth.

Rajath Kumar said polling will continue till 5 p.m. except in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies where it will end an hour early.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and his wife exercised the franchise near Raj Bhavan.

Congress Telangana unit chief Uttam Kumar Reddy voted in Kodad constituency. BJP's state unit chief K. Laxman and AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi did so in Hyderabad.

Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.

Gaddar Votes First Time In His Life

Former Maoist ideologue and popular revolutionary balladeer Gaddar voted for the first time in his life on Friday -- in the Telangana Assembly elections.

Gaddar, 69, cast his vote in Alwal area of Malkajgiri constituency in Greater Hyderabad.

Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as Gaddar, had campaigned against electoral politics till last year when he gave up Maoism and announced that he was joining the political mainstream.

In July, the popular balladeer enrolled himself as a voter. The bare-chested singer campaigned for the Congress-led People's Front.

He shared the dais with Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu at their election rallies and sang songs.

In the early 1970s, Gaddar had founded Jana Natya Mandali (JNM) to sing revolutionary songs to inspire educated youth to join the Maoist movement or turn sympathetic to it.

Gaddar, who was underground in the late 1980s, survived an assassination attempt in 1997 when assailants fired at him at his house. He blamed the police for the attack.

New mother Sania spotted at Polling booth

Sania Mirza, who recently gave birth to a child, voted in Jubilee Hills accompanied by her parents and sister. So did ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.

Superstars Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Junior NTR and PV Sindhu were among top celebrities who voted in the Telangana Assembly election on Friday.

Veteran actor Krishna, his wife Vijay Nirmala, well-known director Rajamouli and actors Venkatesh, Jagapathi Babu, Naga Babu, Srikanth, Allu Arjun, Nithin and Varun Tej also voted at various polling stations at Jubliee Hills here.

After coming out of the polling stations, they posed for cameras with their inked fingers and appealed to all citizens to exercise their democratic right.

With celebrities making a beeline, officials hoped that this would help improve the poll percentage in Hyderabad. In 2014, the city had registered 53 per cent turnout.

The election authorities and the NGOs conducted awareness programmes, especially in urban areas, to increase the polling percentage.

Actor-politician Chiranjeevi along with his wife K. Surekha stood in a queue along with commoners to vote.

Chiranjeevi later told reporters that it was the duty of each and everyone to cast his vote. The former central Minister and Congress leader, however, parried questions about politics.

Chiranjeevi, who had been focusing on films last four years, stayed away from campaigning in Telangana.

Popular actor Nagarjuna and with his wife Amla Akkineni also voted. "It's your day. Come out and cast your vote instead of just complaining," he said.

Nalgonda district: Poll Percentage

Nalgonda district: Poll Percentage
Nalgonda district: Poll Percentage

Nizamabad District: Poll Percentage

Nizamabad District: Poll Percentage
Nizamabad District: Poll Percentage

23% Polling By 11AM

Over 23 per cent polling was recorded by 11 a.m. in Telangana Assembly elections on Friday, official said.

According to information reaching the election authorities in Hyderabad, 23.17 per cent of over 2.8 crore voters have cast their votes in the first four hours.

Caretaker Chief Minister and TRS Party Chief K Chadrasekhar Rao cast his vote along with his wife at Chinthamadaka in Gajwel.

KCR and his wife
KCR and his wife

Voter arrested for taking Selfie in the booth: A voter, identified as Shiv Shankar, was arrested by the police on a complaint by polling official for taking a selfie at a polling centre in Rajendranagar constituency.

AIMIM chief AsaduddinOwaisi casts his vote at Mailardevpally, Shastripuram in Hyderabad ,Telangana

Praja Kutami candidate returns without voting as EVM fail to work in Aminabad. More than 201 EVMs fail to work in Chennaravpet Mandal

Parkal: Of the total 198297 votes upto 43,625 votes polled 22% Voting registered

Stn Ghanpur: 18 % Voting registered

Bhupalapally District:

Bhupalapally Constituency: 9.36 Voting registered

Mulugu Constituency :9.20 Voting registered

Jangaon District :

Jangaon:16.6% Voting registered

Ghanpur:18.1% Voting registered

Palakurthi:16.3% Voting registered

Over all 16.96%

Poll Percentage in 15 Constituencies of Hyderabad

Poll Percentage in 15 Constituencies of Hyderabad
Poll Percentage in 15 Constituencies of Hyderabad

Status Update at 11:30 AM:

Serlingaampalli: 20.12 % Voting registered

Parigi: 30%Voting registered

Kodangal:34 % Voting registered

Peddapalli District: 21 % Voting registered

28 % Voting registered

Ramagundam: % Voting registered

Narikekal: 21.71% Voting registered

Warangal (Urban) District:
Warangal East :14 453 votes polled, 6.7%Voting registered
Warangal West:14 188 votes polled, 6% Voting registered
Vardhannapet: 13524 votes polled, 6% Voting registered

Modi Tweets In Telugu To Woo Telangana voters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people of Telangana to participate in the Assembly polls, currently underway in the state.

"Today is election day... I request all brothers and sisters to come in huge number to cast their valuable votes, especially I request youngsters to use their vote to make democracy more enriching," he tweeted in Telugu.

Here's a look at his telugu tweet...

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is facing a resurgent Congress-led People's Front in its bid for a second term.

Gaddar and his wife
Gaddar and his wife

Status Update Mahabubnagar at 11:00 Am:

73 Narayanpet - 21%

74 Mahabubnagar - 20%

75 Jadcharla - 23%

76 Devarakadra -28%

77 Makthal - 26%

Dist Average - 24%

Protest at Prasad Imax:

protest at Prasad Imax
protest at Prasad Imax

Rural Update: Bhadrachalam: The Entire village of Gutti Lakshmipuram in Buram Paadu Mandal have decided to call for boycotting elections as they were not given Agency Certificate. Will vote only if the certificate is given.

Bhadradi Kothagudem: Former Minister Vanama Venkateswara Rao cast his vote in Pathapalvancha in Kothagudem Constituency. Voters have not cast their votes and turned back due to lack of basic amenities in more than 55.76 polling booths.

10% polling in Telangana by 10 am

Over 10 per cent polling was recorded by 10 a.m. in Telangana Assembly elections on Friday, official said.

According to information reaching the election authorities in Hyderabad, 10.50 per cent voters cast their votes in the first three hours.

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said the polling was peaceful and smooth.

Telugu celebrities cast votes

Superstar K. Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna were among top celebrities from the Telugu film industry who cast their votes in the Telangana Assembly elections on Friday.

Well-known director Rajamouli and actors Venkatesh, Allu Arjun and Nithin were also among the Tollywood personalities who exercised their franchise at various polling stations in Jubliee Hills here.

They appealed to all citizens to come out and to exercise their democratic right.

Actor-politician Chiranjeevi along with his wife K. Surekha stood in queue along with commoners and exercised their franchise.

Chiranjeevi later told reporters that it is the duty of each and everyone to cast his vote. The former central minister and Congress party leader, however, parried questions about politics.

"I came to here to cast my vote as a common citizen," he said when asked about the prospects of Congress-led People's Front.

Chiranjeevi, who had been focusing on films last four years, stayed away from campaigning in Telangana.

Popular actor Nagarjuna and with his wife Amla Akkineni also cast their votes. "It's your day. Come out and cast your vote instead of just complaining," he said.

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana casts his vote along with his family members in Azampura Division.

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali and his family
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali and his family

Status as on 10 AM: Male 23449, Female : 15989 others Nil

Total: 39438 percentage 7.86

Out of 14 lakh disabled people in Telangana state, four lakh voters made it to the current voters list prepared by the election commission for the Telangana Elections 2018.

Many of the polling stations have been made accessible to all the categories of disabled people, by providing ramps, escorts to help, wheelchair, and maintaining special queues.

A 94 year old lady also exercised her right to vote and many senior citizens were seen voting in the poll booths around Hyderabad.

A 94 year old lady also exercised her right to vote
A 94 year old lady also exercised her right to vote
  • Voter turnout in Telangana till 9am is 8.97%
  • Lack of wheelchairs at polling booths in Banjara Hills causing inconvenience to elderly.
  • Voting yet to begin at the polling station in Amberpet's GHMC Indoor Stadium due to some issue technical issue
  • Some people in Telangana are leaving polling booths without casting their vote as there is no place to keep mobile phones. Mobiles are not allowed inside the polling booth
  • Shuttler Jwala Gutta could not find her name at Banjara Hills Polling Booth
  • Telangana chief electoral officer Dr Rajat Kumar says polling is being monitored closely across the state
  • Pullela Gopichand voted early, While PV sindhu cast her vote in Kokapet
  • Telangana chief electoral officer Dr Rajat Kumar says polling is being monitored closely across the state
  • Voting started in some booths delayed by half an hour due to mock polling
  • In 13 Naxalite-hit constituencies in Telangana polling will end at 4pm
  • 9% voter turnout in first two hours
  • Nearly nine per cent of over 2.80 crore voters of Telangana exercised their franchise during the first two hours of polling on Friday.
  • After casting his vote, Harish Rao said he expected the overall poll percentage to go up given the indication.
  • The Congress has stitched together Praja Kutami (Peoples Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (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.

According to latest reports coming in, Multiple places reported EVMs snags as voting commenced. In this photo, voters are kept waiting at Chaitanyapuri in Chaitanya e-Smart school polling station, booth number 46, due to an EVM snag

A booth level officer was attacked by voters in Huzurnagar constituency. Commotion erupted after the officer cast the vote to a different candidate following instructions from a physically disabled voter.

In Polling Booth No. 188 in DB Thanda in Dharpalli mandal in Nizamabad district, a senior citizen, Guguloth Deshaiah died of heart attack after casting his vote.

Medchal AC report:
Time 3.00 PM report: Male 154231, Female : 142319, Others: Nil
Total: 296550 percentage 59.17%
Nirmal District: 3:00 PM Poll Update  59.33 % Voting registered
Karimnagar District : Poll Percentage at 3:00 PM

People’s Front candidate from Sangareddy Jagga Reddy cast his vote in Ram Nagar’s polling booth No. 82

Polling percentage - 3 pm

Rajanna Siricilla - 62%
Vemulavada - 58%

Total voter turnout at 3 pm in Telangana: 56.17%

Nalgonda district total voter turnout at 3 pm: 56.50%

Vikarabad district- 57.75%

Suryapet district - 65.07%

Jagtial district - 61.23%

Hyderabad district - 38.68%

Medchal district - 44.38%

Sangareddy district - 60.50%

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Polling ended peacefully in naxal-affected constituencies--Mulug, Bhupalpally, Chennur, Bellampalli, Mancherial, Sirpur, Asifabad, Manthani, Pinapaka, Illandu, Kothagudem, Ashwaraopeta and Bhadrachalam

Final voting numbers in 13 Telangana naxal-affected constituencies:

Sirpur - 63%

Chennur - 65%

Bellampalli - 69.54%

Mancherial - 50.23%

Asifabad - 58%

Manthani - 54%

Bhupalpalli - 65.26%

Mulug - 61.25%

Pinapaka - 65%

Illandu - 54%

Kothagudem - 61%

Ashwaraopeta - 61%

Bhadrachalam - 66%

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The Telangana police nabbed a Maoist Action team which had planned to set off a landmine blast targeting the cops in Bhadradri Kothagudem.

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