Telangana recorded a voter turnout of 20.64 per cent till 11 am in the assembly polls that is currently underway for 119 seats, according to the Election Commission of India. The ECI reports that voter turnout was 13.50 percent in Adilabad, 8.33 percent in Bhadradri, 6.89 percent in Hanumankonda, and 10.82 percent in Jagtial. It also stated that, up until nine in the morning, voter turnout in Karimnagar was 8.21%, Jogulamba Gadwal was 12.02%, Kamareddy was 9.98%, and Jayashankar Bhupalpalle was 10.50%.
Polling for the 119 Assembly constituencies in Telangana began on Thursday morning. As many as 2,290 candidates from 109 national and regional parties including 221 women and one transgender are in the fray.
The counting of the votes will take place on December 3, coinciding with the results of the other four states- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.
The ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi has fielded candidates in all 119 seats, while, as per the seat-sharing agreement, BJP and actor Pawan Kalyan-headed Jana Sena Party are contesting in 111 and eight seats respectively, while Congress has given one seat to its ally CPI, and fighting from 118 others. Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM has put up candidates from nine seats.
For a higher voter turnout, several leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi have urged the people of the state to exercise their franchise.
Taking to X, PM Modi appealed to people to strengthen the ‘festival of democracy’ by casting their votes.