2018 Telangana Legislative Assembly election

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Telangana Legislative Assembly election, 2018

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All 119 Assembly Constituencies
60 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.png Flag of the Indian National Congress.svg Indian Election Symbol Kite.png
Leader K. Chandrashekar Rao N. Uttam Kumar Reddy Akbaruddin Owaisi
Alliance UPA
Leader since 2001 2015 2004
Leader's seat Gajwel[1] Huzurnagar Chandrayangutta
Last election 63 21 7
Seats won 88 19 7
Seat change Increase 25 Decrease 2 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  N. Chandrababu Naidu.jpg LaxmanBJP.png
Leader N. Chandrababu Naidu K. Laxman Debabrata Biswas
Alliance UPA NDA -
Leader since 1977 2014 1997
Leader's seat Did not contest Musheerabad
Did not contest
Last election 15 5 0
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change Decrease 13 Decrease 4 Increase 1

  Seventh party
Leader Tammineni Veerabhadram
Party CPI(M)
Alliance Bahujan Left Front or BLF


Leader since 2014
Leader's seat Did not contest
Last election 3
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 3

Telangana Vidhan Sabha constituency map.svg
Election Map (by Constituencies)

CM before election

K. Chandrasekhar Rao
Telangana Rashtra Samithi

Elected Chief Minister

K. Chandrasekhar Rao
Telangana Rashtra Samithi

The Telangana Legislative Assembly election was held in Telangana on 7 December 2018 to constitute the second Legislative Assembly. [2] The incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Indian National Congress, Telangana Jana Samithi, and Telugu Desam Party are considered to be the main contestants in the election.[3] Four opposition parties in the state, the INC, the TJS, the TDP and the CPI have announced the formation of a 'Mahakootami' (Grand Alliance), with an objective of defeating the ruling TRS in the elections.[4]


Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao went for early elections in 2018, when he resigned nine months (on 6th September 2018) before the completion of his term because of his development [2]

This Election led to the alliance of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Indian National Congress (INC), once arch rivals, coming together as part of Praja Kootami for the first time.

Electoral process changes[edit]

Election Commission of India announced that Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in all 32,574 polling stations in the assembly elections in Telangana.[5] According to the final electoral rolls published on 12 October 2018, Telangana has 2,80,64,680 voters, which is less than 2.82 crore in 2014 Telangana assembly elections.[6] There were around 2,600 transgenders in the voters list.[7]

Final voters list for Telangana Legislative Assembly election, 2018
S.No Group of voters Voters population
1 Male 1.38 crore
2 Female 1.35 crore
3 third gender 2,663
- Total voters 2,80,64,680


The date of the election is 7th December 2018 and the result will be out on 11 December 2018.[8]

Event Date Day
Date for Nominations 12 Nov 2018 Monday
Last Date for filing Nominations 19 Nov 2018 Monday
Date for scrutiny of nominations 20 Nov 2018 Tuesday
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures 22 Nov 2018 Thursday
Date of poll 7 Dec 2018 Friday
Date of counting 11 Dec 2018 Tuesday
Date before which the election shall be completed 13 Dec 2018 Thursday

Parties in Elections 2018[edit]

Party Flag Leader Symbol Seats Contested Seats won Last Election
TRS TRS Flag.svg K. Chandrashekar Rao Car.svg 119 88 63
INC Flag of the Indian National Congress.svg Nalamada Uttam Kumar Reddy Hand INC.svg 99 19 21
TDP TDPFlag.PNG N. Chandrababu Naidu Indian Election Symbol Cycle.png 13 2 15
AIMIM Indian Election Symbol Kite.png Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi Indian Election Symbol Kite.png 8 7 7
BJP Dr. K. Laxman Lotos flower symbol.svg 118 1 5
AIFB Debabrata Biswas Indian Election Symbol Lion.svg 19 1 0
IND many 1 1


The seats and vote shares were as follows:[9]

Parties and coalitions 2018 Votes 2018 Seats 2014 Votes
Votes % +/- Won +/- %
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) 9700749 46.9% 88 Increase25 34.3%
Indian National Congress (INC) 5883111 28.4% 19 Decrease2 25.2%
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) 561089 2.7% 7 Steady 3.8%
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) 725845 3.5% 2 Decrease13 14.7%
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 1450456 7.1% 1 Decrease4 7.1%
All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) 159141 0.8% 1 Increase1 0%
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 428430 2.1% 0 Decrease2 3%
Communist Party of India (CPI) 83215 0.4% 0 Decrease1 0.8%
Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) 91099 0.4% 0 Decrease1 1.2%
Independents (IND) 673694 3.3% 1 Steady 5%
None of the above (India) (NOTA) 224709 1.1%
Total 119

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reporter, Staff (23 March 2014). "KCR to contest from Gajwel" – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ a b "KCR's early election gamble gives enough ammo to TRS".
  3. ^ "Telangana elections: TOI does SWOT analysis of parties in fray".
  4. ^ "Congress, TDP, Left form grand alliance to fight Telangana election". 2018-09-11.
  5. ^ Rajeev, M. (2018-11-02). "Randomisation of poll equipment soon". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Purified Electoral Rolls: Poll Body Chief On Deleting Telangana Voters".
  7. ^ "Only 2,600 transgenders in voters' list due to lack of documentation".
  8. ^ "Election Commission Issues Notification for Telangana Assembly Elections".