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Telangana Assembly Election 2018 LIVE: Majority of Polls Predict Win for TRS; India Today-AXIS Show Congress Racing Ahead

File photo of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

File photo of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Telangana Assembly Election 2018 LIVE: Majority of Polls Predict Win for TRS; India Today-AXIS Show Congress Racing Ahead

Telangana Assembly Elections Live Updates: Majority of exit polls have predicted a sweep for the TRS in the state, except India Today-AXIS which shows the Congress has an upper hand in the state.

Earlier in the day, after badminton player Jwala Gutta claimed that her name ‘disappeared’ from Telangana voter list, IPS officer T Krishna Prasad also tweeted about his missing name. He hit out at the Election Commission for “denying” him his right to vote. Delhi deputy chief minister too, slammed EC over the issue.

Meanwhile, Telugu stars K Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna and ‘Baahubali’ director SS Rajamouli were among top celebrities from the film industry to cast their votes in assembly elections. Tennis star Sania Mirza also exercised her franchise along with her family in Hyderabad. With just two hours left for polling, all eyes are now on the exit polls. News18.com will begin its extensive coverage of the probable trends soon after voting ends.

After a high-voltage campaign that saw war of words among contending parties, Telangana votes for a new Assembly on Friday with the Congress-led alliance challenging the ruling TRS, and the BJP seeking to make it a triangular contest. Voting has started for 119 seats in the Telangana assembly elections but the start has been marred by glitches in Hyderabad, Pedapalle, Karimnagar and Khammam. There have also been reports of names going missing from electoral rolls. Among those who complained is Badminton player Jwala Gutta, who said she was surprised to see my name disappear from the voting list after checking online.

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. Additional DG (Law and order) Jitender Thursday said about one lakh police personnel including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are engaged in poll duties.

The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet. It is to be seen if KCR’s gamble to opt for early elections pays off. 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.

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