There was a huge turnout of voters across the State at the polling booths on Thursday as the State is going for the fresh verdict. Women, who outnumber of the men voters, too were seen standing in the serpentine queues to cast their votes. The state recorded over 30 per cent polling by 12 noon on an average. The voters lined up at the polling booths 30 minutes before the polling started at 7 am.
Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo, Chandrababu Naidu and his family members cast their votes in Undavalli of Mangalagiri Assembly constituency where Nara Lokesh is seeking fresh election against the sitting MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy of YSR Congress.
Opposition leader and YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, along with his family members cast his vote at Pulivendula, where he is contesting for the Assembly and his cousin Avinash Reddy seeking re-election at Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.
The Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan exercised his franchise at Patamata in Vijayawada East Assembly constituency.
There was initial trouble with the EVMs at more than 200 polling stations across the State. However, some of them were replaced and some were restored where polling was delayed by 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
There were minor incidents of violence at some polling stations, particularly in Rayalaseema region, besides Eluru in West Godavari district. The activists of the two parties were injured in the incidents, while reports of two activists of the TDP and YSR Congress, being killed in Rayalaseema in the clash at the polling booths.
Meanwhile, the huge turnout of the voters this time is a clear indication of a wave for one particular party. While the ruling TDP claims that the turnout of women and aged voters is an indication of the party’s victory, the opposition YSR Congress says that the turnout is an anti-government vote. However, it is to be seen who is going to emerge victorious in this round of election.