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Telangana votes to elect its first government
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.

Reportedly Chief 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 use them.

“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.

Congress, 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 TDP.

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