After a high-voltage campaign that saw war of words among contending parties, Telangana is set for Assembly polls on Friday with the Congress-led alliance challenging the ruling TRS, and the BJP seeking to make it a triangular contest.
Polling will start at 7 am and end at 5 pm, while in 13 constituencies which were classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends one hour before (4 pm). Counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.
More than 1.50 lakh polling officials including reserve staff are in the process of giving final touches Thursday to make the election to the 119-member House a smooth affair.
Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the State, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations across.
Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 pm Wednesday.
The Congress has stitched together “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the 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.
As many as 1,821 candidates including a transgender are in the fray in the election.
Here are some of the key constituencies in Telangana polls:
Gajwel: TRS – K Chandrashekhar Rao, Congress – V Pratap Reddy
Huzurnagar: Congress – N Uttam Kumar Reddy, TRS – S Saisi Reddy
Musheerabad: BJP – K Laxman, TRS – M. Gopal
Chandrayangutta: AIMIM – Akbaruddin Owaisi, Congress – Esa bin Obaid Misri
Sircilla: KT Rama Rao, Congress – KK Mahender Reddy
Siddipet: TRS – T Harish Rao, Telangana Jana Samithi- Bhavani Marikanti, BJP – N Narotham Reddy
Chennur: TRS – B Suman (Peddapalle MP), BJP – Venkatesh Netha Borlakunta.
Andole: Congress – C Damodar Rajanarsimha, BJP – Babu Mohan, TRS – Chanti Kranthi Kiran
Secunderabad Cantonment: Congress – S Satyanarayana (Former union minister) TRS – G Sayanna Amberpet: BJP – G Kishan Reddy, TRS – K Venkatesham
Goshamahal: BJP – Raja Singh, Congress- Mukesh Goud
(With PTI inputs)
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