Telangana Assembly Election LIVE UPDATES: 52% turnout till 3 pm; my name missing in list, could not vote, says Jwala Gutta

Telangana Assembly Election 2018, VOTING LIVE: As many as 2.8 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise in Telangana which will elect a new Assembly on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to vote in large numbers. Election commission has made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations.

By: | Updated: 07 Dec 2018 03:47 PM
07 Dec 2018, 3:47 PM IST
Jwala Gutta: I checked my name online 2-3 weeks ago, my mother's&my names were there, my father's&my sister's were missing. Today we went to cast vote but my name was also missing. I don't understand how's my name missing. I've been living here for 12 yrs.
07 Dec 2018, 2:55 PM IST
With hundreds of people from Hyderabad heading to their native places to cast their votes in the Telangana Assembly elections, the state government decided to exempt them from toll tax. Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi issued orders to this effect following a request from Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar.
07 Dec 2018, 2:39 PM IST
On not being able to cast vote, Jwala Gutta says “I checked my name online 2-3 weeks ago, my mother's & my names were there, my father's & my sister's were missing. Today we went to cast vote but my name was also missing. I don't understand how is my name missing. I've been living here for 12 yrs.”
07 Dec 2018, 1:53 PM IST
Voter turnout recorded till 1 PM in Telangana Elections is 49.15%. In the state, assembly polls in were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls next year. However, the Legislative Assembly was dissolved prematurely on September six following a recommendation made by the TRS government.
07 Dec 2018, 1:50 PM IST
Former Maoist ideologue and popular revolutionary balladeer Gaddar voted for the first time in his life. Gaddar, 69, cast his vote in Alwal area of Malkajgiri constituency in Greater Hyderabad. Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as Gaddar, had campaigned against electoral politics till last year when he gave up Maoism and announced that he was joining the political mainstream.
07 Dec 2018, 1:48 PM IST
Veteran actor Krishna, his wife Vijay Nirmala, well-known director Rajamouli and actors Venkatesh, Jagapathi Babu, Naga Babu, Srikanth, Allu Arjun, Nithin and Varun Tej voted at various polling stations at Jubliee Hills here. Superstars Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Junior NTR and tennis ace Sania Mirza were among top celebrities who also voted in the Telangana Assembly election.
07 Dec 2018, 12:56 PM IST
A youth was arrested for taking selfie while casting his vote in Telangana Assembly elections. The voter, identified as Shiv Shankar, was arrested by the police on a complaint by polling official at a polling centre in Rajendranagar constituency in Greater Hyderabad.
07 Dec 2018, 12:48 PM IST
Sania Mirza cast her vote at Film Nagar Cultural Center in Hyderabad. Says “Be a part of your democracy .. Right and duty to Vote.”
07 Dec 2018, 12:47 PM IST
07 Dec 2018, 12:45 PM IST
BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya casts his vote at booth no.229 in Ramnagar of Musheerabad constituency in Hyderabad.
07 Dec 2018, 11:38 AM IST
Legislative Assembly elections are being held for the first time in Telangana after its formation as the 2014 Assembly polls were held in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
07 Dec 2018, 10:41 AM IST
07 Dec 2018, 10:40 AM IST
07 Dec 2018, 10:39 AM IST
Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta asks‘how’s the election fair’ as her name was missing from the voting list.
07 Dec 2018, 9:42 AM IST
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi casted his vote in Hyderabad. While speaking to reporters after exercising his franchise, Owaisi urged people to cast their vote and chose a responsible government in Telangana.
07 Dec 2018, 9:34 AM IST
The Bahujan Left Front (BLD) led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are also contesting on majority of the seats in Telangana. Even the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting eight seats in Hyderabad.
07 Dec 2018, 9:24 AM IST
07 Dec 2018, 9:21 AM IST
According to news agency ANI, voting turnout in Telangana Assembly elections was recorded at 8.97 per cent till 9 AM. Voting at some polling booths were halted due to some technical glitches in the EVMs. However, the polling process was resumed in these areas after sometime.
07 Dec 2018, 9:13 AM IST
It is being said that as many as 446 flying squads have been deployed in the state to check irregularities in polling process. Also, around 450 static surveillance teams are on feet to keep a watch on the situation.
07 Dec 2018, 9:06 AM IST
As per the Telangana's Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in as many as 106 constituencies whereas in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies voting will end at 4 pm.
07 Dec 2018, 9:03 AM IST
Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyan Srihari cast his vote in Warangal. Malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) malfunction is being reported from some areas. Voting began late in these polling centres due to technical glitches.
07 Dec 2018, 8:46 AM IST
07 Dec 2018, 8:31 AM IST
BJP President Amit Shah has appealed to the voters in Telangana to vote in large numbers. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Telangana to come out and vote in large numbers for a appeasement free and development oriented government. I specially urge my young friends to participate in this biggest festival of democracy without fail," he wrote on Twitter.
07 Dec 2018, 8:29 AM IST
As many as 2.8 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise in Telangana which will elect a new Assembly on Friday. Election commission has made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations.
07 Dec 2018, 8:22 AM IST
Even other actors including Akkineni Nagarjuna and his wife Amala Akkineni were earlier spotted at booth number 151 in Jubilee Hills to cast their votes.
07 Dec 2018, 8:20 AM IST
07 Dec 2018, 7:48 AM IST
Hyderabad: Voting is yet to begin at the polling station at GHMC Indoor Stadium, Amberpet due to a technical problem. Voting in the state began at 7 am today.
07 Dec 2018, 7:31 AM IST
The voting for Telangana assembly election 2018 began amid tightened security on Friday morning. The voting is taking place on 119 constituencies; and Around 2.8 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,821 candidates.
07 Dec 2018, 7:31 AM IST
Telangana Assembly Election VOTING LIVE: Polling began in Telangana on Friday amid tight security to elect a new Assembly. The polling will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 106 constituencies, while in 13 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected constituencies, the polling will conclude at 4 p.m. Around 2.8 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,821 candidates in the first election after Telangana was formed. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is facing a resurgent Congress-led People's Front in its bid for a second term.

The TRS government dissolved the Assembly about eight months ahead of the schedule in the hope of taking the Opposition parties by surprise but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. For the 119-member Telangana assembly where the Congress has tied up with rivals TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.

Telangana has 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013.