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Hyderabad: Assembly election campaign ends in Telangana; Election Commission ready for polling on Nov 30

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In Telangana, the high-decibel campaign for assembly elections has come to a halt this evening and polling will be held for 119 member Assembly on Thursday, 30th of this month. Top leaders of all major parties have touched the nook and corners of the state for the past month to woo support for their candidates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the campaign for the BJP while party senior leaders including Chief Ministers of party-ruled states took part. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Bhagwat Kharad, Tamil Nadu BJP state president Annamalai were among those who participated in the election campaign today.

The ruling BRS Chief Minister KCR led the campaign while Working President K Taraka Ramarao and Senior Leader Harish Rao shouldered the campaign for the party with Development Mantra.

Congress with six guarantees tried to woo voters during the campaigning. Other parties, including the Majlis, BSP, and the Left parties, and independents also campaigned vigorously.

Akashwani correspondent reports, roadshows, bike rallies and corner meetings by senior leaders of major parties marked the last day of campaigning in Telangana. The megaphones fell silent and star campaigners of major parties left the constituencies where they were campaigning till 5 PM. The 48-hour long Silent period began across the state, as it is going to polls on Thursday.

Campaigners reached their camps assessing the effect of the month-long campaign on the electors. Election authorities have begun stepping up vigil so that free and fair polls are held on the 30th of this month and making last-minute arrangements for poll parties. With the large number of 2 thousand 290 candidates in the fray in 119 constituencies, the authorities are taking all measures for smooth polling.

Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer Vikasraj said the 48-hour silent period has begun in Telangana. He made it clear that Non-locals should leave the constituencies and election propaganda is prohibited in the movies and on social media in this period.

He also said private companies and IT companies must declare a holiday on polling day. The labour department also asked all establishments to remain closed on the polling day. Meanwhile, Liquor shops were closed from today evening to 5 pm on Thursday in the run-up to the Assembly elections.

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