Polling begins in Andhra Pradesh: 2,118 candidates contesting for 175 constituencies
The first elections post the bifurcation has begun in Andhra Pradesh at 7 am on Thursday, for 175 assembly constituencies and 25 Parliamentary seats. The polling will be held in a single phase which will witness ruling Telugu Desam Party, opposition YSR Congress Party and newbie Jana Sena locking horns.
The Election Commission of India has made all necessary arrangements across the state for the voting in 8,514 polling booths out of which 6,120 are vital. Polling began across all 175 constituencies, from which nearly 2,118 candidates are contesting. As polling is reported to start at 7 am, many of the cities have seen early birds who started queueing up at the booths.
Not even hours after the polling has started, EVMs in Visakhapatnam and few constituencies in Ananthapur, West Godavari, Guntur and Vijayawada had reported failures and technical glitches which led to delay in voting. On the other hand, a Jana Sena Party candidate was taken into custody for damaging the EVMs in the booth.
TDP Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu along with his family members has cast his vote, while YSRCP Chief Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy, BJP’s Kanna Lakshminarayana, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Ashok Gajapathi Raju has also cast their votes along with family.