TDP vs YSRCP battle royale in Andhra Pradesh; Congress, BJP fringe players

The counting of votes for all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh is scheduled to take place on Thursday. The state on April 11 witnessed polling in the first phase and 79.74 per cent voters cast their ballot for the 319 candidates in the fray. This was the first time Andhra Pradesh voted in Lok Sabha election since the reorganisation of the state and the formation of Telangana. Of the total constituencies, Narasaraopet registered the highest voter turnout at 85.53 per cent.

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Constituencies, voting percentage and total candidates per seat--

1) Araku--73.67 per cent--10 candidates
2) Srikakulam--74.08 per cent--9 candidates
3) Vizianagaram--80.57 per cent--14 candidates
4) Visakhapatnam--67.26 per cent--14 candidates
5) Anakapalli--81 per cent--10 candidates
6) Kakinada--78.38 per cent--16 candidates
7) Amalapuram--83.67 per cent--10 candidates
8) Rajahmundry--80.95 per cent --11 candidates
9) Narsapuram--81.02 per cent--16 candidates
10) Eluru--82.94 per cent--14 candidates
11) Machilipatnam--83.70 per cent--12 candidates
12) Vijayawada--77.14 per cent--15 candidates
13) Guntur--78.55 per cent--20 candidates
14) Narasaraopet--85.53 per cent--14 candidates
15) Bapatla--85.49 per cent--13 candidates
16) Ongole--85.23 per cent--13 candidates
17) Nandyal--80.15  per cent--20 candidates
18) Kurnool--75.13  per cent--16 candidates
19) Anantapur--80.24 per cent--14 candidates
20) Hindupur--83.89 per cent--9 candidates
21) Kadapa--77.81  per cent--17 candidates
22) Nellore--76.14  per cent--13 candidates
23) Tirupati--78.99  per cent--12 candidates
24) Rajampet--78.38 per cent--10 candidates
25) Chittoor--83.68 per cent--8 candidates

Exit polls:

The number of seats that the exit poll has predicted are-- News24-Chanakya (TDP-17 seats) and (YSRCP 8 seats); Republic-CVoter (TDP 14 seats) and (YSRCP-11 seats); India Today-Axis poll (TDP-4-6 seats), (YSRCP 18-20 seats); News18-IPSOS (YSRCP-13-14), (TDP-10-12), (BJP 0-1); India Today-Axis Exit Poll (YSRCP-18-20 seats), (TDP-4-6 seats).

Key contests:

The key contest in the state is between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), followed by BJP and Congress. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu may get another term in the state, but arch-rival Jaganmohan Reddy's YSRCP is likely to crush his dream of playing the kingmaker's role at the Centre by making a significant dent in the Lok Sabha election, according to most exit polls.

Unrest during polls:

The polling in the state took place amidst several violent clashes between the workers of TDP and YSRCP. A TDP leader was killed during clashes at Tadipatri town and another TDP leader Kodela Siva Prasad Rao was attacked by YSRCP supporters in Guntur district. In another incident, TDP supporters attacked YSRCP leader A Anil Kumar Reddy in Kadapa. A YSRCP worker was also killed in Anantapuram district. In Anantapur district, former MLA and contesting candidate of Jana Sena Party, Madhusudan Gupta, smashed an EVM in a fit of rage.

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