Hyderabad (Telangana): All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday welcomed the Telangana Assembly Elections 2018 dates, announced by the Election Commission at a press conference, and expressed confidence that K Chandrasekhar Rao would be the next Chief Minister of the state.Also Read - Asaduddin Owaisi Condemns Brutal Murder Of Tailor In Udaipur, Demands Strictest Action Against Perpetrators

Expressing confidence that people will vote for the candidates of AIMIM, he said, “I welcome the decision. I hope people will come out and vote in large numbers. I am confident that people will vote for my party candidates. I am also confident that the next CM of Telangana would be K Chandrashekar Rao,” he said. Also Read - Telangana CM to Inaugurate Second Phase of T-Hub in Hyderabad on June 28. Details Here

The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the schedule for the Assembly elections 2018 in five states including Telangana. Telangana will go to the polls in a single phase on December 7 and counting of the votes in the state will take place on December 12 along with the other four states. Also Read - Three Persons Electrocuted in Telangana

With the announcement, the model code of conduct came into force in the two states with immediate effect. Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved the house last month — nearly nine months before its term was to end.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) also welcomed the announcement of the schedule for the Legislative Assembly elections in Telangana. “We welcome it. We are prepared for it. We have already geared up our machinery,” state BJP president K Laxman told PTI.

The Congress party, on the other hand, referred to a matter related to alleged discrepancies in electoral rolls in the High Court through the party said it is ready for the polls. It, however, said that it is ready for the polls.

“I don’t know what is the hurry for them. The matter is pending. Discussion is going on. Separate date given for the next hearing. Pending the next hearing, they have gone ahead and announced the schedule. They may have authority to do so. But then, the case is filed that there is anomaly, there is some discrepancy in the voters list,” Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Sravan Dasoju said.