Today is the big day for 2.81 crore voters of the Telangana, which includes 1.37 crores women, as they are exercising their franchise to elect the first government of the newly formed 29th state of the country. In Telangana 1669 candidates are contesting from 119 assembly seats and 265 candidates on 17 Lok Sabha seats. Voting is taking place at 30,574 polling booths.
Andhra Governor, ESL
Narasimhan and his wife Vimala were first to cast their votes at 7 in
the morning, Jr. NTR and his wife were also spotted at the Gayatri
hills polling booth early in the morning. At some booths the EVM's
were not working, which resulted in a delayed start.
Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwarlal told the media persons that some
EVMs received from Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL),
Hyderabad were in factory mode and the polling staff was unable to
“There is a small
technical snag in new EVMs. They are in factory mode and they have to
be sent back to the factory but we have sufficient number of machines
for immediate replacement,” said Bhanwarlal.
Celebrities and TV actors
were also seen casting their votes. TV anchor and film actress
Jhanansi,Actor Sumant, Pawan Kalyan, Akkineni family, Lok Satta Party
president Jaya Prakash Narayan and Saina Nehwal were seen casting
their votes at the polling booths. Congress leader and mega star
Chiranjeevi had a bad experience at the polling booth, as voters
questioned him when he was trying to skip the queue.
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telugu Desam-Bharatiya Janata
Party alliance are the main contenders for power in the new state.
This time the voting is going to be very crucial. There are two main
factors which are going to affect the polling i.e. voting will be on
the lines of emotions over bifurcation and the alliance of BJP and