A record 331 candidates filed their nominations on Wednesday for the upcoming Telangana Legislative Assembly elections, scheduled to be held on December 7. The Election Commission had said that it was receiving nominations from November 12 and 48 aspirants had filed their affidavits on the first day while the number of the second day was 39.
The EC said that the 331 candidates filed their nominations across the state over 113 constituencies with only 6 seats not witnessing any nominations; Nizamabad (Rural), Charminar, Chandrayangutta, Bahadurpura, Palakurthi and Khammam.
The EC in a press note also said that 78 candidates from the TRS had filed their nominations on Wednesday, followed by 64 leaders from the Congress and 47 candidates from the BJP. Nine members of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and seven candidates from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), besides 5 members of the CPM, one candidate from CPI and AIMIM also entered the fray.
The remaining 119 candidates were either independents or contesting on behalf of political parties with lesser presence in the state.
Among those who filed their nomination on Wednesday, was Telangana caretaker Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who will be contesting for the Gajwel constituency in Siddipet district.
Before filing his nomination, Rao offered prayers at Lord Venkateshwara temple at Konaipally village, a practice he has been following for over three decades.
KCR, as the TRS leader is popularly known, has not lost any elections since 1985. He tasted defeat only in 1983, which was his first election. Accompanied by caretaker Irrigation Minister and his nephew T. Harish Rao and other TRS leaders, KCR offered prayers at the temple and placed his nomination papers at the feet of the deity.
The 64-year-old, a strong believer in astrology, numerology and vastu, has been elected to the Assembly seven times and to the Lok Sabha twice.
KCR, who began his political career with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), quit the party in 2001 to float TRS to revive the movement for a separate Telangana state. He became the first Chief Minister of Telangana following TRS' victory in 2014 elections.