Telangana is voting to choose its representatives for 17 Lok Sabha constituencies. As many as 443 candidates (418 male and 25 female) are in the fray.
Over 2.97 crore people are eligible for voting in the state, which has a total of 36,604 polling stations.
The political contest in Telangana is largely between the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), and the Congress, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a third player. The TRS, however, has an understanding with the AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi for the Hyderabad MP seat. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections TRS had won 11 seats and the MIM 1.
Playing on the back foot will be the Telangana Congress Pradesh Committee (TPCC). The party lies in tatters in the state after the humiliating defeat in the recent Assembly polls. The TRS bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Legislative Assembly, while the Congress was reduced to 19 seats in the Assembly elections last December.
The BJP had in 2014 won 2 Lok Sabha seats. The national party was reduced to a single seat in the recent Assembly polls and is hopeful of increasing their tally in the state.
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