The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released the third list of 20 candidates for Telangana assembly elections.
To constitute the second state Legislative assembly, Telangana poll is scheduled to be held on 7 December. The counting of votes will take place on 11 December.
In the state, the incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Congress, Telangana Jana Samithi and Telugu Desam Party are considered to be the main contestants.
The INC, the TJS, the TDP and the CPI have announced the formation of a 'MahaKootami' (Grand Alliance) in the state with an objective of defeating the ruling TRS.
In a different but related development, Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday filed his nomination in the Gajwel constituency in Siddipet district for next month's assembly elections.
At 2.34 p.m., the 'mahuratam' fixed by his astrologers, the TRS chief submitted his nomination papers to the returning officer at the revenue office in Siddipet to seek re-election.
Before filing his nomination, Rao offered prayers at Lord Venkateshwara temple at Konaipally village, a practice he has been following for over three decades.
KCR, as the TRS leader is popularly known, has not lost any elections since 1985. He tasted defeat only in 1983, which was his first election.
(With inputs from agencies)