Telangana election 2023 results LIVE: Congress surges ahead, sparking joyous celebrations | watch

| Updated: 03 December, 2023 11:24 am IST

NEW DELHI: The Congress  leading in 65 out of 119 seats in Telangana, surpassing the incumbent BRS, which was leading in 39 seats, as per initial trends. The state saw a voter turnout of 71.34 percent. Celebrations have kicked off in Telangana as the Congress takes a significant lead in the Assembly election results. The jubilant atmosphere is evident at the Telangana Congress headquarters at Gadhi Bhavan in Hyderabad. The Congress has crossed the halfway mark, leading in more than 60 seats, precisely 65.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) officials mentioned that each counting center would have three layers of security checks during the counting process.

In the 2018 elections, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (formerly Telangana Rashtra Samithi) won 88 seats with a vote share of 47.4 percent. The Congress secured 19 seats. The Congress is now claiming it will win between 75 and 95 seats in the current state elections.

On November 30, voting took place across Telangana’s 119 constituencies in a single phase. The Election Commission reported a voter turnout of 70.60 per cent, with the highest turnout in Jangaon at 83.34 per cent. However, Hyderabad had a lower turnout at 39.97 per cent. A total of 32.6 million voters were enrolled, and 35,655 polling stations were set up in the state.

Key candidates in the election include Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his minister-son K T Rama Rao, Congress unit chief A Revanth Reddy, BJP leader Eatala Rajender, and BJP Lok Sabha member Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

In the previous 2018 election, BRS (then TRS) won 88 seats out of 119, with a 47.4 per cent vote share. The Congress secured 19 seats.

As of now, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is trailing behind in the Kamareddy constituency, with the Congress taking an early lead across the state, except in the Hyderabad urban region.

Exit polls suggest that the Congress could potentially end KCR’s reign, while some predict BRS returning to power. In case of a hung assembly, the Congress is reportedly preparing to keep its members together and prevent poaching of MLAs.

In the past, there were instances of MLAs being poached by the ruling party in Telangana, even after winning a significant number of seats in 2014 and 2018.

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