Andhra Pradesh is looking at its biggest political revamp in a long time. The by-polls are for 18 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat.
All eyes are on Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSR Congress party who is expected to ride on a sympathy and anti-incumbency wave.
Andhra Pradesh's YSR Congress Party established early leads in the Nellore Lok Sabha and in 13 of 18 assembly constituencies where by-elections were held two days ago.
The counting of votes began at 8 a.m. amid tight security in the constituencies spread over 12 districts.
The ruling Congress party is ahead on two seats and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on one. Trends were available for 16 of 18 seats in the first hour of counting, officials said.
The by-elections were caused by the resignation of one member of parliament and the disqualification of 17 state legislators of Congress party who had switched loyalties to YSRCP.
The Tirupati assembly seat fell vacant after the election of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi to the Rajya Sabha.
Party Leads Won Change
Congress 2 - - 13
Telugu Desam Party
Telangana Rashtra Samithi 1 - + 1
Bharatiya Janata Party
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 14 - 14
Praja Rajyam Party - 2