Long queues outside booths in towns and rural parts of Telangana as polling begins

Long queues were observed outside polling stations in urban and rural areas of Telangana as the State Assembly Elections-2023 commenced today. A robust response was witnessed in both rural and urban locales, with a significant voter turnout. Sangareddy district reported a substantial turnout, including many first-time voters from Mamatha Medical College in Khammam Town.

Tensions flared at Booth number 244 in Jangaon constituency as clashes erupted between BRS-Congress-BJP supporters, leading to police intervention and the use of baton charges to disperse the crowd. In Bodhan Town, Nizamabad district, clashes between BRS and Congress leaders prompted police intervention. In Khanapur village, Ibrahmipatnam constituency, police resorted to lathi charge to control clashes between BRS and Congress workers, resulting in the detention of some party members.

Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy, accompanied by his wife, exercised his voting right at Barkatpura polling station in Hyderabad. Addressing reporters, Mr. Reddy urged voters to participate actively, emphasizing the importance of voting without fear and resisting the allure of money. Stressing India’s status as the world’s largest democracy, he called for an end to the influence of money and alcohol.

Former Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar and his family, including BRS candidate Dr. Vikas Rao from Vemulawada, cast their votes in Vemulawada. Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and Tripura Governor Nallu Indrasena Reddy were also present in the city to exercise their voting rights.

In the realm of politics, Speaker P. Srinivas Reddy voted in Banswada Town, while BRS MLC K. Kavitha cast her vote at Obul Reddy Public School in the city. Congress candidates Md. Azharuddin and G. Vivek exercised their franchise in Hyderabad and Mancherial, respectively. BRS working president and Minister K.T. Rama Rao participated in the voting process at Nandinagar, Banjara Hills.

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