Telangana Election Results 2018: Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao's (KCR) gamble to dissolve the state assembly eight months before schedule has paid off. TRS is all set to form its second successive government in the state. The party has a clear majority after taking a lead in 90 seats, according to the official Election Commission of India trends. Voting for the 119 seats in the state was held on December 7 and saw a voter turnout of 73.20 per cent.
The fate of 1,821 candidates contesting the Telangana Assembly election will be decided on Tuesday when the final vote count comes up.
Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said necessary arrangements have been made for the counting day and the strongrooms, where EVMs are kept, secured with central paramilitary forces providing "first cordon of security."
"EVMs will be brought out polling station-wise and kept at the counting centres which will have 14 tables (except in Medchal which will have 28). And counting will go on. This will be done after the completion of the full postal ballot count. Counting will be done in the respective constituencies," Kumar told news agency PTI.
Here are the live updates of Telangana Assembly Elections results 2018:
#4.35 pm: TRS candidate Bapu Rao Rathod wins from Boath constituency, defeats Congress candidate Bapu Rao Soyam by 6,486 votes.
#4.34 pm: Congress candidate Podem Veeraiah wins from Bhadrachalam constituency, defeats TRS candidate T Venkata Rao by 11,785 votes.
#4.33 pm: TRS candidate P Srinivas Reddy wins from Banswada constituency, defeats Congress candidate K Balaraju by 18,485 votes.
#4.30 pm: AIMIM candidate Mohd Moazam Khan wins from Bahadurpura constituency, defeats TRS candidate Mir Inayath Ali Baqri by 82,518 votes.
#4.15 pm: AIMIM bagged two seats while leading in four others as per the latest trends.
#3.39 pm: Chandrababu Naidu wishes KCR all the best.
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu: TDP respects the mandate of people of Telangana. Congratulations to Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Also, best wishes to all the newly elected public representatives of 5 states. #AssemblyElections2018 https://t.co/6F8srbEavO— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
#3.20 pm: TRS candidate Maganti Gopinath is leading from Jubilee Hills constituency.
#3.19 pm: TRS candidate Dr Anand Methuku is leading from Vikarabad constituency.
#3.18 pm: TRS candidate Errabelli Dayakar Rao is leading from Palakurthi constituency.
#3.17 pm: TRS candidate Guvvala Balaraju is leading from Achampet constituency.
#02.13 pm: TRS candidate Marri Janardhan Reddy is leading from Nagarkurnool constituency in Telangana.
# 02.10 pm: TRS candidate Pailla Shekar Reddy is leading from Bhongir constituency in Telangana.
#2.08 pm: TRS president and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wins from Gajwel constituency by over 50,000 votes.
#2.06 pm: According to ECI, TRS vote share is 47.4 per cent in Telangana till now. Congress is at 28.8%. BJP: 6.7 per cent, TDP: 2.8 per cent and AIMIM: 2.5 per cent.
#1.36 pm: Independent candidate Lavudya Ramulu is leading from Wyra constituency.
#1.35 pm: AIMIM candidate Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri is leading from Yakutpura constituency.
#1.34 pm: Congress candidate Jajala Surender is leading from Yellareddy constituency.
#1.33 pm: TRS candidate Koninty Manik Rao is leading from Zahirabad constituency.
#1.26 pm: Congress alleges EVM manipulation.
Hyderabad: Congress delegation submits a complaint to Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar raising suspicions that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been manipulated in the state. #AssemblyElections2018 pic.twitter.com/XTCL0Dcmnb— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
#1.00 pm: Congress leader K Jana Reddy is trailing from Nagarujna Sagar constituency in Telangana.
#12.44 pm: People have given victory to TRS, Congress claims of EVM tampering false, says K Kavitha.
K Kavitha, TRS MP: The losing party always says the EVMs have been tampered with, this is absolutely false. Even the CEC in a press meeting yesterday said that it is not possible to tamper EVMs. People have given victory to TRS, what Congress is claiming is false. pic.twitter.com/tKsvrVdZ0u— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
#12.16 pm: Chandrasekhar Rao leading by 17,074 votes in Gajwel seat over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy after sixth round.
#12.12 pm: Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana, says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on #AssemblyElections2018: Nothing is yet clear from the trends. Congratulations to the MLA candidates and the political parties that are winning. But Mahagathbandhan has failed terribly in Telangana pic.twitter.com/ttONAvgGeq— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
#11:50 am: TRS leading on 90 seats, Congress leading on 16 seats, AIMIM on 5 seats, BJP leading on 1 seat, and others on 3 seats, according to official ECI trends.
#10.52 am: TRS members celebrate outside party office in Hyderabad.
#10.32 am: TRS candidate Gampa Govardhan is leading from Kamareddy constituency in Telangana.
#10. 31 am: TRS candidate Madhavram Krishna Rao is leading from Kukatpally constituency.
#10.20 am: AIMIM candidate Mohd Moazam Khan is leading from Bahadurpura constituency in Telangana.
#10.19 am: TRS candidate Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy is leading from Dubbak constituency in Telangana.
#10.18 am: TRS candidate Gongidi Suneetha is leading from Alair constituency in Telangana.
#10.10 am: In early trends, TRS - 89, Congress - 16, BJP - 4, Others - 8
#9.57 am: AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi wins from Chandrayan Gutta constituency, according to news agency ANI.
#9.51 am: In early trends, TRS takes the lead with 86 seats.
#9.47 am: TRS - 84, Congress - 20, BJP - 4, Others - 10
#9.30 am: TRS leading on 12 seats, Congress and AIMIM leading on 1 seat each, according to official ECI trends.
#9.28 am: TRS - 65, Congress - 30, BJP - 5, Others - 10
#9.26 am: Chandrasekhar Rao leading by 2,861 votes over his nearest Congress rival Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Gajwel seat after first round.
#9.26 am: TRS - 60, Congress - 37, BJP - 5, Others - 10
#9.25 am: KCR gets majority on its own in early trends.
#9.20 am: TRS - 57 , Congress - 37, BJP - 5, Others - 10
#9.19 am: TRS leading with 55 seats, Congress on 37
#9.15 am: TRS crosses halfway mark, according to the Hindustan Times.
#9.13: TRS - 42 , Congress - 37, BJP - 7, Others - 10
#9.10: I believe voters will bring us back to power, says TRS leader K Kavitha.
K Kavitha, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP: We believe people of Telangana are with us. We have sincerely worked and utilised the opportunity given to us. So I believe voters will bring us back to power, and that too independently. We are very confident about it. pic.twitter.com/fgY4EwfguZ— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
#9.06: TRS - 40 , Congress - 37, BJP - 5, Others - 8
#9.05 am:Neck to neck fight between TRS and Congress.
#9.02 am: Congress takes lead with 37 seats, TRS on 31
#9.00 am: TRS - 31 , Congress - 37, BJP - 4, Others - 3
#8.56 am: TRS takes the lead with 31 seats.
#8.53 am: TRS - 22, Congress - 12, BJP - 3, Others - 3
#8.50 am:TRS takes massive lead with 20 seats, Congress on 10
#8.37 am: TRS - 11, Congress - 10, BJP - 3, Others - 3
#8.34 am: TRS - 8, Congress - 9, BJP - 3, Others - 3
#8.30: Congress takes the lead with 9 seats.
#8.10 am: According to early trends, TRS - 03, Congress, 02, Others - 01
#8.05 am: Postal vote counting begins first.
#8.00 am: Counting of vote begins.
#7.50 am:Central paramilitary forces providing 'first cordon of security' to the strongrooms.
#7.20 am: Visuals outside Congress office in Hyderabad.
#7.15: Telangana could witness a hung assembly. Exit polls predict TRS winning between 53 and 57 seats, while the Congress-TDP alliance is expected to get 51-55 seats.
#7.00 am: Counting of votes to be conducted for the Telangana state Assembly elections at 8 am today.
"The winning candidate will be declared and certificate will be prepared after obtaining clearance from the Election Commission. With the approval of the ECI, the Chief Electoral Officer, will submit the list of winning candidates party-wise to the Governor," he added.
The state recorded a turnout of 7.20 per cent in the assembly election on Friday.
The office of the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said on Saturday night that the highest turnout of voters was reported in Madhira Assembly constituency at 91.65 per cent. It was followed by Alair 91.33, Munugode 91.07, Narsapur 90.53, Bhongir 90.53 and Narsampet 90.06.
According to News Nation exit poll, the state could witness a hung assembly, with the TRS may win between 53 and 57 seats, while the Congress-TDP alliance is expected to get 51-55 seats. The majority mark is 61.
The elections in Telangana were supposed to be held in May 2019. But incumbent KCR dissolved the Assembly in September following which the Election Commission announced polls in Telangana with four other states – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said the alliance led by his party is confident of winning the election "hands-down" and claimed Rao was showing "signs of nervousness and insecurity" in meetings he addressed as the campaign winded down.
Predicting a fractured poll mandate in Telangana, the BJP claimed Sunday it would play a "vital role" in the formation of the government in the southern state.
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi Friday exuded confidence that his party would be successful in the Telangana assembly election.
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