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Telangana Assembly Polls 2018: A quick look at the first independent elections of India’s newest state

As Telangana is gearing up to vote for its first independent assembly elections, take a look at key facts, major political parties and important dates

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Telangana is going to vote for the first time on December 7. India's youngest state was originally scheduled to go to polls in 2019. But on September 6, 2018, the ruling TRS dissolved the assembly, paving way for early elections. (Reuters)
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Telangana is going to vote for the first time on December 7. India's youngest state was originally scheduled to go to polls in 2019. But on September 6, 2018, the ruling TRS dissolved the assembly, paving way for early elections. (Reuters)

TRS, founded in 2001 with a one-point agenda of creating a separate Telangana state, is a major contender. TRS emerged as the largest political party in 2014 assembly elections after winning 63 out of 119 seats and formed the first government in the state | In picture: KCR gestures to his supporters during a victory procession after formation of Telangana (Reuters)
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TRS, founded in 2001 with a one-point agenda of creating a separate Telangana state, is a major contender. TRS emerged as the largest political party in 2014 assembly elections after winning 63 out of 119 seats and formed the first government in the state | In picture: KCR gestures to his supporters during a victory procession after formation of Telangana (Reuters)

Congress, with its allies, is another major player in the battle for Telangana. The party has formed an electoral grand alliance, named as Praja Kutami, with N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) | In picture: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President Uttam Kumar Reddy addresses the media (PTI)
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Congress, with its allies, is another major player in the battle for Telangana. The party has formed an electoral grand alliance, named as Praja Kutami, with N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) | In picture: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President Uttam Kumar Reddy addresses the media (PTI)

The BJP, which had five MLAs in the dissolved assembly, is looking to include one more state into its kitty | In picture: Telangana BJP President K Laxman in a rally after submitting his nomination at Musheerabad (PTI)
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The BJP, which had five MLAs in the dissolved assembly, is looking to include one more state into its kitty | In picture: Telangana BJP President K Laxman in a rally after submitting his nomination at Musheerabad (PTI)

AIMIM also exerts considerable influence in areas in and around Hyderabad | In picture: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s chief Asaduddin Owaisi
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AIMIM also exerts considerable influence in areas in and around Hyderabad | In picture: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s chief Asaduddin Owaisi

The gazette notification for the polls was issued on November 12 and the last date for filing of nominations is November 19. The date for scrutiny of nominations is November 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22. The voting is on December 7 and the counting of votes is to take place on December 11, according to the schedule released by the Election Commission. (Reuters)
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The gazette notification for the polls was issued on November 12 and the last date for filing of nominations is November 19. The date for scrutiny of nominations is November 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22. The voting is on December 7 and the counting of votes is to take place on December 11, according to the schedule released by the Election Commission. (Reuters)

First Published on Nov 13, 2018 03:18 pm
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