An estimated 80 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Tuesday in crucial by-elections to 18 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh amid sporadic violence in a repeat of heavy voting last year in a Lok Sabha by-poll won by YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy by a record margin.
Considered to be semi-finals for the 2014 assembly elections in AP, the by-polls are expected to test the claim of the son of late Chief Minister Y S Rajashekara Reddy to be his father’s political legacy in the State besides being crucial for the future prospects of the ruling Congress which has a razor-thin majority.
By-elections were also held for Nellore Lok Sabha constituency.
Along with these elections, by-polls were held for eight seats spread across seven states.
Counting of votes will be taken up on June 15.