As some exit polls predicted a
close battle between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in
Telangana and the Congress-led 'People's Front', the rivals
Saturday expressed confidence about getting a comfortable
majority in the Assembly polls
The results of exit polls announced by several news
channels after polling concluded Friday evening predicted a
win for TRS, while some others said the contest would be
Counting of votes would be taken up on December 11.
TRS leader and minister in the caretaker government
K T Rama Rao Saturday said the TRS would come to power with
more than two-thirds majority.
"Many (survey agencies) said directly TRS will come to
power. But, we are definitely confident that beyond what they
estimated in exit polls, TRS is going to come to power with
more than two-thirds majority and 100 seats (among 119
seats)," Rama Rao, son of TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao,
told reporters here.
The high turnout of voters indicated a silent
revolution and unilateral verdict (in favour of TRS), he
claimed. It was a pro-government vote, he said.
Rama Rao said many voters of TRS complained Friday
about their names not being found in the voters' lists.
The TRS would appeal to the Election Commission to
rectify the errors, if any, before the Lok Sabha elections, he
The leaders of 'People's Front' -- Telangana Pradesh
Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, TDP's
Telangana unit president L Ramana, CPI leader Chada Venkat
Reddy and Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) -- also exuded
confidence that the alliance would come to power.
"I don't know what the exit polls say. We are saying
we will get 75-80 seats and we will form government," Uttam
Kumar Reddy told reporters Saturday.
He urged the leaders and workers of Congress, TDP, CPI
and TJS to be alert about the EVMs.
"All political party representatives must be allowed
in the strong room complex because we are having doubts about
possible replacement or tampering of EVMs," Reddy said.
Even officials should not enter strong rooms where
EVMs have been kept, he said. The EVMs should be escorted
properly from strong rooms to the counting centres, Reddy
About large number of names missing from the voters'
lists, he wanted to know why the state election authority had
told the Central Election Commission that it was ready for the
The Congress had pointed out (before announcement of
poll schedule) as to why elections should be conducted
early when the schedule for rectification of voters' lists was
originally supposed to be completed by January 4, 2019, the
Congress leader said.
Many people complained Friday about allegedly not
being able to vote as their names were missing from the
Shuttler Jwala Gutta Friday alleged that her name was
missing from the list.
Reacting to her complaint, Chief Electoral Officer
Rajat Kumar Friday said he ordered a report form the concerned
district electoral officer on the issue.
"I sincerely apologise to people who could not vote as
their names were missing. We will certainly rectify mistakes
in the voters list," he said Friday.
Vote was taken for all the 119 seats of Telangana
assembly for the first time after the division of Andhra
Pradesh and creation of India's youngest state in 2014.
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