Hyderabad, Apr 10 : As many as 443 candidates including 299 independents and 25 women are in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections to be held at 17 constituencies in the state on April 11.
Out of 443 candidates, 61 candidates are from 10 recognized national and state political parties including BSP, BJP, Congress, left parties, TRS and 83 are from the other recognized and national and state political parties.
Though 25 women candidates contesting across various constituencies in the state, two candidates each fielded by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and BJP while one each by left parties.
Three women candidates would play a prominent role in the outcome of the elections, the first being K kavitha, sitting MP and daughter of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, from Nizamabad lok sabha constituency while Congress candidate and former Mintier Renuka Chowdhury from Khammam and yet another formidable BJP women candidate and former Minister Dk aruna from Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha Constituency.
Congress and the ruling TRS parties are contesting in all the 17 constituencies while TDP and YSRCP, the main opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, are now away from the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana while AIMIM, the friendly party of TRS, is contesting from Hyderabad LS constituency alone and BSP at five Lok Sabha constituencies besides left parties of CPi and CPI(M) from two constituencies each.
Over 2.96 crore voters including over 1.47 crore female and 1504 transgenders, are eligible to exercise their franchise at 34,606 polling stations across the state.
The Election commission has fixed hours of the poll at 13 left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected assembly segments in five parliamentary constituencies from 7 am to 4 pm and remaining Lok Sabha constituencies poll hours has been fixed from 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs.
The poll timing at Nizamabad parliamentary constituency where highest number of 185 candidates including 177 farmers are in the fray, will be held from 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs, according to elections officials here.