HYDERABAD: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) took early leads in municipal elections as counting of votes was underway across the state on Saturday.
The TRS has already registered a win in municipalities of IDI Bolaram, Bhingal, Alampur, Dornakal, Marapada, Sattupalli, Dharmapuri and Periyapalli.
According to the results so far, TRS has won 872 out of 2979 wards. Congress got 244 wards, the BJP 116 and AIMIM secured 20, News18 Telugu reports.
Celebration at TRS HQ
Celebrations began at Telangana Bhavan, the headquarters of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as it became clear that the party sets to sweep the urban local body elections.
The State Election Commission (SEC) took up counting of votes polled in nine municipal corporations and 120 municipalities.
According to SEC officials, counting was taken up at 134 centres. As many as 10,000 officials are engaged in the process. All results are expected to be announced by evening.
Over 70 per cent of 53.37 lakh voters had cast their votes on Wednesday to elect 325 corporators for municipal corporations and 2,727 councillors for municipalities.
TRS vs the rest
A total of 1,746 candidates are in fray in municipal corporations while 11,099 candidates tested their political fortunes in municipalities.
TRS candidates were elected unanimously in 77 wards in municipalities and one ward in corporation while three candidates of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) were elected unopposed in three municipal wards.
Facial recognition app
In a first-of-its-kind step in the country, the Telangana State Election Commission used a facial recognition app on a pilot basis during the voting process in a bid to counter impersonation of voters.
With IANS inputs