Hyderabad: The ruling TRS was leading in seven constituencies and Congress and BJP in one each, according to early trends in the counting of votes in the Telangana assembly elections Tuesday.

Trends were available for nine constituencies at 9 AM.

Postal ballots were taken up for counting initially.

Senior TRS leader T Harish Rao, a minister in the Caretaker government, was leading in Siddipet by 13,040 votes over his nearest TJS rival Bhavani Reddy after the completion of the third round, according to official figures.

In Zaheerabad, TRS nominee Manik Rao was leading by 738 votes after the first round.

Elections were held on December 7 to the 119-member Assembly and the counting was taken up this morning.

The ruling TRS and BJP are going it alone, while the Congress has forged an alliance with Telugu Desam Party (TDP), CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS).