Telangana: Voter turnout increased, total 70 per cent vote recorded

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Hyderabad, April 30: Seventeen Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh went to the polls in the seventh phase on Wednesday. A total of 119 assembly seats in this region will also go to the polls on the same day.

Over 28 million voters will cast their ballots in the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana region. A total of 265 candidates were in the fray out of which 12 were women. Besides, 1,665 candidates contested for 119 assembly seats.

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7:25 pm: Total 70 per cent votes have been recorded in Telangana. Vote count has increased this time as the region had recorded 67.98 per cent vote in 2009.

6:00 pm: Polling went peaceful except stray incidents in Telangana. In Nizamabad district an average of 67 per cent polling recorded by 5 pm.

5:45 pm: 71 per cent votes polled in Adilabad by 5 pm.

5:40 pm: Gajjela Kantham was accused of abusing Begumpet SI Saida near a polling station at Balamrai. Representing the Secunderabad Cantonment, a case has been registered against him by the police.

5:35 pm:  Telugu superstars post selfies after voting

5:30 pm: According to Dainik Bhaskar Telangana reports 65% voting.

5:15 pm: Actress-turned-politician Vijayashanti took a polling official to task in Medak on Wednesday alleging that he was forcing people to vote for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. At the Muttaiguda polling station in Medak, Vijayashanti pulled up a polling official whose name is Madhusudhan. She charged him with working for the TRS.

"When an aged voter wanted to vote for the hand symbol (Congress), the polling official made him press the TRS symbol, which is the car," Vijayashanti said.

5:10 pm: Latest voter turn out by constituencies:

Mahaboobnagar 61%
Karimnagar 58%
Adilabad 62%
Nizamabad 61%
Hyderabad 51%
Khamama 58%
Warangal 62%
Medak 65%
Nalgonda 65%
Rangareddy 54%

Overall Telangana: 65%

5:08 pm: Chandrababu Naidu's vote will be treated as invalid, since he disclosed whom he voted, says CEO of AP. CEO Bhanwar Lal clarifies that a vote is made invalid if a voter reveals his choice in polling station. [Read]

5:05 pm: Film actor Brahmanandam and his wife votes missing. He protested against it. 

5:00 pm: 102 year old woman casts vote

4:55 pm: CEO Bhanwar Lal says all the voters in the queue in polling stations by the closing time will be allowed to vote.

4:45 pm: Youngsters join the fray:

4:40 pm: Heard a slogan in Telengana " 1 CR +2 CR = KCR ", says Digvijay.

4:35 pm: Tension continues in Amannagar after police detain few youngsters. Around 100 policemen deployed in the area.

4:05 pm: TDP Khammam Lok Sabha candidate and Sitting MP Nama Nageswar Rao has been attacked at Shankaragiri thanda in Nelakondapalli mandal of Khammam district. Nama Nageswar Rao's PA injured in this incident.

4:00 pm: Polling ends at 4 pm in 3 Naxalites affected assembly constituencies of Bhupalapally, Mulug and Bhadrachalam. 65% of polling recorded in Warangal so far, the highest voter turn out in AP so far.

57 per cent votes polled in Nizamabad district by 3 pm. Polling percentage in Hyderabad up to 1 pm is 32 per cent.

3:46 pm: TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu votes with his family, for the Assembly Election.

3:45 pm: Actor Rajasekhar votes

3:35 pm: MLA contestant Mumtaz Khan detained by police at Yakutpura. Voters in Chenchupally of Pudur Mandal and Bhojya Naik tanda boycott elections from Basheerabad. 50 per cent polling recorded at a polling station in Ranga Reddy Nagar, Quthbullapur.

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3:30 pm: Actor Nitin votes. Satyam Ramalinga Raju stands in line to vote at Jubilee Hills.

3:25 pm: Hyderabad poll percentage till 3 pm is 51%. Total Telangana 59 per cent, according to EC Bhanwarlal.

3:20 pm: Hyderabad LB Nagar assembly segment Congress candidate Sudhir Reddy's followers attacked TDP candidate R Krishnaiah's followers and destroyed vehicles. Sudhir Reddy house arrested following the incident.

3:15 pm: DGP B. Prasada Rao and his wife voted in Hyderabad.

3:10 pm: Tension at Amannagar. Police resort to lathicharge.

3:00 pm: Roads in Telangana wear a deserted look:


2:50 pm: Polling booth no: 115 in Good Shepherd School, AnandBagh, Malkajgiri AC/PC is in 1st floor causing hardships to Sr. Citizens.

2:45 pm: Sai Dharam Tej and his family cast their vote

2:35 pm: Voting details by constituency:

60% Warangal
54% Nalgonda
52% Rangareddy
56% Mahaboobnagar
55% Karimnagar
57% Adilabad
60% Nizamabad
48% Hyderabad
56% Khammam

2:25 pm: Polling already crossed 60 per cent in Rawalkol of Medchal, 30 km from Hyderabad

2.18 pm: Congress Amberpet assembly segment candidate in Hyderabad V Hanumanth Rao slapped BJP activist Ksheera Sagar.

2:10 pm: polling slow in Makthal because of scorching sun. Close to 45% votes polled by 1.30 pm.

2:05 pm: Police refuse to allow media in a polling booth in St Joseph's School, Kammagudem, Ibrahimpatnam.

1:25 pm:Chandrababu says TDP - BJP alliance will decide the future of the nation. He further says people fed up with corruption. He disappointed with not voting for TDP.

49.7% polling in Telangana till 1 pm, according to Times Now.

1:15 pm: about 50% polling recorded in Kodad Assembly Constituency till 1 pm in Nalgonda district.

1:05 pm: Chandrababu Naidu says he voted for BJP LS and assembly candidates to uphold alliance 'dharma'.

1:00 pm: Labour officials raid Karvy, release staff for voting in Hyderabad; going around other IT offices. Tension at Yakutpura. Police resort to lathicharge. Stone pelting at Islamic College, Yakutpura. Complete shutdown in commercial hubs of Nampally and Abids.

Brisk polling in Devarakadra, crossed 50% by noon.

12:55 pm: Voters angry at as voter slip and voter ID do not match. EVMs malfunction at booth no.261, Banjara Hills. FZZ and FYY series voter IDs missing from electoral rolls, allege voters in some areas.

12:45 pm: "People will vote for the best candidate. I am happy with the voter turnout. Its an indication that people will rise up for the best candidate this time," said Chandrababu Naidu.

12:40 pm: TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu, along with his wife Bhuvaneswari, son Lokesh and daughter - in -law Brahmani cast their votes at Gayatri hills in Hyderabad.

Chandrababu returned from Seemandhra compaign this morning to franchise his voting right. He was not able to cast his vote to TDP, as the assembly and Lok sabha seats went to BJP as a part of alliance.

12:35 pm: All are not happy with the elections in Telangana. YSRCP Khairatabad candidate Vijaya says all not well with poll related arrangements. Almost empty polling booth at Hindi Mahavidyalaya near OU.

12:30 pm:

12:15 pm: Former DGP Dinesh Reddy casts his vote. Reddy is contesting for Malkajgiri LS.

12:10 pm: Chiranjeevi being asked to stand in queue. Watch the full video:

The voter gets a pat on his back and others clap.

12:00 pm: Hyderabad percent 18.3% till now, probably the highest among all capitals that went on polls.

Vehicle for Rahul Gandhi convoy hit by Yashwanthapur express at Guddem unmanned crossing. Driver injured.

11:50 am: The car which was burnt at Suryapet having Rs 2.5 crores was registered on Huzurnagar Congress candidate and TPCC vice president Uttam Kumar Reddy's company. Driver was obsconding, State election commissioner Bhanwar lal said. He is contesting from Huzurnagar assembly segment in Nalgonda district.

11: 45 am: IAS office Radha and his family members' name missing in voter list; expressed disappointment on removing their names from voters list, without notice.

11:41 am:Congress and TRS activists clash at Kollahpur in Mahaboobnagar district. Ex-sarpanch Sridevi and Ratan Goud injured.

11:40 am: Majeedullah Khan Farhat MBT candidate from Yakutpura at Rahmania Madarsa polling station.

Nizamabad district records the highest 38% till 11.30 am telangana votes.

Polling percentage till 11 am: ADB-33.96; NZB-37.5; KNR 31.96 MDK-34.33 RR-26 Hyd-18.03 MBNR- 35.71 NGD- 23.3 WGL- 37.34 KMM- 36.97

Voters in tribal hamlets of Maheshwaram complain that many names are missing. Low turnout at Badruka College, Kachiguda. Polling stations at Malakpet have good turn out. Sluggish polling in rural Nalgonda as Nakrekal, Nagarjunasagar and Huzurnagar register abount 30 percent turnout till 11 am.

Medak district polling percentage at 33% till 11 am..

Polling officer Musalaiah suffers snake bite in Devunigudi tanda polling booth in Shadnagar AC (Mahabubnagar dt). Rushed to hospital.

11:30 am: Polling percentage at Ranga Reddy district at 11 am was 40 %. EVM replaced in Dhanwada PS (Narayankhed AC) over complaints that vote cast for other parties was going to Cong.

11:20 am: TRS Congress activists clash in Kamareddy.

It is alleged that Former minister and Congress candiadate Mukhesh Goud's son Vikram Goud has attcked TDP leader Durgadas at Gowliguda in Hyderabad. Protesting it TDP, activists staged dharna.

11:15 am: Polling is a shade better in Jadcharla with 27% votes cast by 10.30 am. Polling peaceful so far. TV actor Shilpa Chakravarthy casts her vote at Civil Supplies Bhavan in Khairatabad.

11:00 am: Saina says people should come out and vote as each vote can change the face of the nation. BJP leader Kishan Reddy says people should exercise their voting rights and form the nation.

Meanwhile, continuous complains of EVM snags and names missing from voter list are being raised.

10:50 am: Polling delayed in a booth in Birkur in Banswada AC and Renjerla (Balkonda AC) of Nizamabad dt due to EVM snag. Low voter turnout in Medak.

TRS chief KCR takes chopper from farmhouse to cast vote at Chintamadaka in Siddipet AC with wife.

Polling percentages till 09:00; Total average - 15.31; Total polling stations 30518, live webcas in 12952. ADB - 15.3, NZB - 16.68; KNR - 15.3; MDK-16.09; RR-15.54; Hyd - 10.4; MBNR-17.1; NGD- 14.55; WGL-16.4; KMM-16.02.

10:45 am: KCR says,"TRS will form the government in Telangana. Will get 2-3rd of the votes and form majority"

Bibek Debroy: TDP may do well in Seemandhara;TDP, TRS, YSR Congress will play key role in forming Govt.

Temperatures are soaring high with time in Hyderabad as humidity has gone up to 33% with high temperature. Despite that, people are flocking into polling booths.

10:40 am: Polling percentage khammam - 15%. brisk polling in Asifabad ST Assembly constituency in Adilabad as Gond tribals turn out in large numbers.

Villagers in Andhra boycott election demanding BT road connectivity.

10:35 am:  Chiranjeevi said, he is proud to be a voter and respects democracy. "I am proud that people did the right thing (on him being reprimanded for jumping queue). I stood in line while buying tickets, now this."

10:30 am: Voters allege slips not distributed. Officials issuing them now.

10:25 am:Voters in Bethalampadu in Wyra constituency in Khammam dt boycott polls demanding BT road connectivity. People Complaint about name missing in electoral roll in Hassannagar, Indiranagar.

Complains of names missing also pour in from Mustafanagar, Farooqnagar and Tadban in Bahadurpura constituency.

TRS and Congress workers clash in Gomaram village in Narsapur constituency in Medak. Three injured.

Cong and TDP candidates Narsa Reddy and V Pratap reddy under house arrest in Gajwel.

10:20 am: Karimnagar district records 14.87 per cent poling till 10 a.m. Warangal district records 17 % polling til 9 a.m. 12.5 % polling in Ranga Reddy at 10 am. Nalgonda polling percentage 15.8.

10:15 am: Poor arrangements greet voters at Corporate Training Institute. Nolights, fans. Voters wait hours.

10:10 am: 198 out of 1548 votes polled at a booth in Uppal, by 10 a.m. A record, says Presiding Officer. Hyderabad, however, is slow with just 9% when overall voter turnout is 16% in in Telangana by 9AM.

10:00 am: Chevella TRS LS candidate K. Vishweshwar Reddy his wife Sangitha had to wait to vote in Banjara Hills.

9:45 am: Huge turnout of voters in Hassannagar, a cluster of slums near Mir Alam Tank in Rajendranagar.

9:40 am: Congress leader and maga star Chiranjeevi has faced bad experience, as voters insisted him to come in queue to cast his. He tried to enter the polling booth straight away skipping queue at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.

9:33 am: Mild tension prevailed at Gajwel, where TRS chief KCR contesting for assembly, with a clash between TRS and TDP activists. TDP alleged that TRS was distributing money.

9:20 am: Polling start 30 min behind schedule at St. Theresa school, A.S.Rao Nagar in Uppal constituency as poll agents arrive late.

9:10 am: In Sherlingampally TDP candidate Gandhi's wife vote is missing.

9:05 am: Nagarjuna and other stars cats ballot. Lok Satta Party president Jayaprakash Narayan & family after voting in Hyderabad.

8:45 am: Akkineni Family votes.

8:40 am: Confusion prevails in identifying poll booths in Padmaraonagar.

8:35 am: Machine not wprking at poll stn no 171/57 achaiah nagar .Voters waiting in large queue and agitating. EVM develops snag at P S No. 151 in Chandrayangutta assembly constituency.[Read]

Great voter turnout in Kukatpally.

8:30 am: Celebrities and TV anchors cast their votes. TV anchor and film actress Jhanansi all smile after casting her vote at booth no 154 in jubilee hills. 

8:25 am: Jana Sena chief, film hero Pawan Kalyan cast his vote at Gayatri hills in Hyderabad. What he said:

8:20 am: Saina Nehwal updates her Twitter account, appeals people,"Everyone pls vote it's really important to vote and choose a right leader so let's vote today and make a difference."

8:00 am: B.V. Shesha Chalapathi Rao of Temple Alwal complains his name was not found in list.

7:40 am: Opposing Modi is the primary duty of every India who believes in the diversity of the country: Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM candidate from Hyderabad.

7:35 am: Voting on the lines of emotions over bifurcation. Voters in Gachibowli waiting since 6:30 am. Saina in queue.

KCR softened on Congress, especially after TDP and BJP alliance. Medak is important for KCR as the idea was conceptualised and given shape in his home district.

7:30 am: Shuttler Saina Nehwal arrives to cast vote. Turn out in Medak extremely good so far.

7:25 am: Crucial voting to select the state government also. The urban voter likely to vote differently from the rural vote. Results depend on the decision of the formation of Telangana. BJP and TDP alliance may also affect the polls. Voting for assembly elections take a headstart.

EVMs not working in many booths, but people are waiting. Voter turnout is brisk. Polling staff facing problems in handling the EVMs resulting in delays in polling in Bahadurpura constituency.

7:15 am: Telugu film hero Jr NTR and his wife voted at Gayatri hills in Hyderabad.

7:00 am: Polling began at 7am today for 17 Lok sabha and 119 assembly segments in Telangana. Governor Narsimhan and his wife Nirmala exercised their voting rights at MS Makta in Hyderabad.

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