TRS candidate Nomula Bhagath exercised his franchise at 168/A polling booth in Amandal Parishad Upper Primary School at Ibrahimpatnam.
“Congress leaders too can tell people what good, if any, their government in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh had done for the constituency or Telangana during their elections campaign,” the minister added.
With this, the BJP now has 126 MLAs in the 230-member House, while the Congress has 96 legislators.
BJD's Bijay Shankar Das was leading over BJP candidate Rajkishore Behera by 14,561 votes in Tirtol seat in Jagatsinghpur district.
The bypolls were necessitated after sitting Congress MLAs resigned ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in June this year.
Voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm, except in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Nagaland where the timings are different.
Scindia, 49, had joined Congress in 2002. After 18 years, he quit the party in March this year.
He said that the election teams are working impartially and effectively without any bias.
Nath while addressing a poll meeting on Sunday in Gwalior's Dabra town, where the Congress is up against Imarti Devi, said his party candidate was a "simple person" unlike his opponent who is an "item".
Earlier, following a humiliating defeat in the by-elections, Siddaramaiah also resigned as the leader of opposition in state Assembly
Congress candidates, on the other hand, are leading from the Shivajinagar seat while its candidate HP Manjunath won by close to 40 thousand votes from Hunasuru seat
"I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. Now, all 17 MLAs can contest the elections. Tomorrow onwards, we are going to allot tickets for all the assembly constituencies. We will contest on all the 17 seats."
At present, there is one vacancy in Uttarkhand - Pithoragarh and three vacancies in West Bengal - Kaliaganj, Karimpur and Kharagpur Sadar which need to be filled
The ECI has taken the decision to hold by-polls after taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions etc.
The three MLCs- Balaramakrishna Murty (TDP), Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas (YSRCP) and K Veerabhadra Swamy (YSRCP)- had contested in recent Andhra Pradesh assembly elections and won.
The Samajwadi Party took early lead right from the beginning of the vote count and steadily built up the gap with its BJP rivals.
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