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Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018 Highlights: 74.05 per cent turnout recorded

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Jaipur, Dec 7: Rajasthan, which voted today, witnessed over 74.05 percent voter turnout. Polling was set to end at 5 pm but officials said those already in the queue at the booths by then were being allowed to vote. The voting percentage till this time was 72.37, according to the Election Commission website.

The exact percentage was expected later. Polling began at 51,687 booths across the state at 8 am. The police reported a few clashed among supporters, but said polling was largely peaceful.

Paramilitary jawans opened fire in the air to disperse miscreants trying to force their way into a booth at a village in Alwar's Shahjahapur. In Bikaner's Kolayat, two groups clashed outside a polling booth and a vehicle was torched. In Sikar too there was a clash.

The voting was held across 199 constituencies. The elections for the Ramgarh seat of Alwar district has been postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Lakshman Singh.

Clashes in Sikar (Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

The battle for the BJP is a tough one. The Congress expects to topple the Vasundhara Raje government and will put up a tough fight during the campaign.

Stay tuned for Live updates here:

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6:02 PM, 7 Dec
Sadulshahar, Suratgarh, Raisingh Nagar, Anupgarh, Sangria, Pilibanga, Nohar, Kolayat, Shahpura (Jaipur), Chomu, Bari, Bayatu, Ghatol, Pratapgarh, Pokran, Ramganjmandi have recorded a turnout of over 80%. Meanwhile, low voting percentage has been recorded in Mewar region.
5:58 PM, 7 Dec
Highest voter turnout has been recorded in Jaisalmer and Pokhran seats, with 70.31% and 71.29%, respectively. Jalore, Kota North, Jodhpur, Marwar Junction, Ajmer North have recorded the lowest voter turnouts.
5:17 PM, 7 Dec
Voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in Rajasthan is 72.7%.
4:01 PM, 7 Dec
Vehicles were set ablaze and vandalised in a clash which broke at a polling booth at Subhash school in Sikar. Voting remained affected for 30 minutes, ANI reported.
4:01 PM, 7 Dec
Nearly 60 per cent of the 4.74 crore registered voters cast their vote by the 3 pm in Rajasthan as the state witnessed brisk polling in the assembly elections Friday. With two hours still to go before the end of polling, 59.14 percentage of the votes had been cast, according to the Election Commission website.
3:59 PM, 7 Dec
Clashes in Sikar:
3:58 PM, 7 Dec
59.43% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm.
1:22 PM, 7 Dec
Voter turnout recorded till 1 PM in Rajasthan Elections2 is 41.53%.
12:47 PM, 7 Dec
Erstwhile Royals cast vote:
12:43 PM, 7 Dec
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje's constituency Jhalarapatan recorded just 16 percent voting till 11 am, reports News 18.
12:33 PM, 7 Dec
Elderly couple cast vote:
11:25 AM, 7 Dec
21.89% voter turnout recorded till 11 am.
11:15 AM, 7 Dec
Voters create ruckus at polling booth no. 253 and 254 in Ahor constituency of Jalore as voting has been halted following EVM malfunction, reports ANI.
10:33 AM, 7 Dec
EVM is being replaced at polling booth no. 172 in Bikaner's Kisamidesar following a technical issue, reports ANI.
10:13 AM, 7 Dec
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot cast his vote at polling booth no. 106 in Jodhpur.
10:01 AM, 7 Dec
Voting turnout in Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018 is 6.11% till 9 AM.
9:37 AM, 7 Dec
CM Vasundhara Raje reacts to Sharad Yadav's derogatory remarks on her. She says, "To set an example for future it's important that EC takes cognisance of this kind of language. I actually feel insulted and I think even women are insulted." Yadav had yesterday said Raje has become 'Obese'.
9:32 AM, 7 Dec
State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria cast his vote at a polling station in Udaipur.
9:32 AM, 7 Dec
"Every single vote counts. We have to cast our vote today by thinking who is actually taking the nation forward," Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tells ANI after casting vote.
9:28 AM, 7 Dec
"We will sit and discuss this after our party gets a majority in the election," says Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot when asked about party's chief ministerial candidate.
9:02 AM, 7 Dec
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore casts his votes at polling booth 252 in Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur.
8:50 AM, 7 Dec
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje casts her vote at polling booth no. 31A in Jhalrapatan constituency of Jhalawar, reports ANI.
8:27 AM, 7 Dec
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tweet:
8:19 AM, 7 Dec
"Its polling day in Rajasthan. I urge all the voters to take take in this festival of democracy with enthusiasm. Vote in large numbers," tweets PM Modi.
8:16 AM, 7 Dec
250 polling booths have been designated as pink booths where all the staff are women.
8:06 AM, 7 Dec
Polling gets underway in Rajasthan
8:06 AM, 7 Dec
Polling gets underway in Rajasthan
7:59 AM, 7 Dec
Mock polling conducted at booth no. 106 in Jodhpur's Sardarpura constituency. Voting will begin at 8 am in the state.
7:38 AM, 7 Dec
Mock polling is being conducted in some booths in Rajasthan. Voting will get underway by 8 am.
6:33 AM, 7 Dec
Voting will begin at 8AM and will end at 5PM.
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Some important facts about Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018:

  • Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is contesting assembly elections from Jhalrapatan seat. The Congress has fielded BJP veteran Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh against Raje in Jhalrapatan.
  • Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot would be contesting from Tonk while former CM and veteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot would contest from Sardarpur.
  • PM Modi addressed 13 public meetings during the two-week campaign period, Raje held 75 public meetings besides a Gaurav Yatra. Amit Shah held 38 programmes covering all 33 districts in the state.
  • Rajasthan is important for both the BJP and the Congress as it sends 25 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

Read more about Rajasthan elections:

Recalling Rajasthan elections 2013: When Raje returned as CM with overwhelming mandate

Jat and Rajput communities to hold the sway in Rajasthan Assembly elections

Political parties fighting a parallel battle on social media in Rajasthan Assembly polls

Rajasthan elections: Hindus who fled Pakistan and took shelter in state remain overlooked

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