New Delhi: K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangna Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has registered thumping victory in Telangana Assembly election 2018. The ruling party has bagged 60 of the total 119 seats till 4 PM. The counting of votes for 119-seat Telangana Assembly, voting for which was done on December 7 began at 8 AM on Tuesday. Also Read - Hyderabad Civic Polls: What Do GHMC Results Mean For BJP? How Amit Shah's 2017 Plan Worked Against TRS | Explained
Speaking to news agency, Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar had said that necessary arrangements were made for the counting and the strongrooms Also Read - TRS MLA Nomula Narsimhaiah Passes Away Due to Heart Attack
“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. (Telangana Election Results 2018 LIVE Streaming on ZEE News) Also Read - GHMC Elections 2020: 35% Total Turnout Recorded; Counting of Votes on Dec 4
Furthermore, he asserted,”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.” (Assembly Election Results 2018 LIVE News Updates: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Mizoram Vote Counting)
In Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is facing a challenge from the Congress-Telugu Desam Party alliance. The 119-member Assembly was dissolved on September 6 on the recommendation of TRS government, more than eight months ahead of the expiry of its term, paving the way for early elections.
In Telangana, exit polls were almost unanimous in predicting that TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s gamble of advancing the assembly polls will pay off and he will retain power. Republic TV and Times Now gave his party 50-65 and 66 seats respectively in the 119-member assembly. One needs 60 seats for a clear majority in the 119-seat Assembly.
However, 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 exuded confidence that his party would be successful in the Telangana assembly election. The party has fielded candidates in eight assembly segments in Hyderabad and is supporting TRS in other segments.
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