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Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018 Highlights: 74.05 per cent turnout recorded


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.

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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.

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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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