Over 2.80 crore electorate are all set to elect their representatives for Telangana Assembly on today. The voting began at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm. The state is witnessing a triangular battle between Congress-led alliance, the ruling TRS, and the BJP.
According to Telangana`s Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 pm. Over 50,000 security personnel including 18,860 drafted from neighbouring states and central forces were deployed as part of the massive security arrangements. Election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations, he added.
In the fray are 1,821 candidates contesting from 119 Assembly seats. The state has a total of 32,815 polling stations across. Thirteen constituencies have been classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected where the polling ends one hour before (4 pm).
Nearly one lakh police personnel including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states have been deployed in poll duties.
The Congress alliance “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) consists of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI). Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR)-led TRS is seeking a second term in office.