Jaipur: Rajasthan went to polls on Friday and saw a voter turnout of 72.7 % by the end of the day. As per Zee Maha Exit poll, the BJP is expected to win 80 seats while the Congress seems likely to bag 109 seats. Others would bag 9 seats.
Times Now-CNX has been a little generous to the BJP, handing it 85 seats while it said the Congress would get 105 seats.
According to Aaj Tak-Axis, the BJP would get just 63 seats while the Congress would surge ahead with 130 seats.
Republic TV-Jan ki Baat has projected a neck and neck fight with the BJP getting 93 seats while the Congress at 91 seats.
The state has had the distinction of alternately voting the BJP and the Congress in power. It needs to be seen if the BJP’s incumbent Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje would be able to buck the trend or, going by the trend, the Congress will be back in the saddle.
In 2013, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 163 seats and the Congress 23 seats in the 14th assembly election held in 2013.
The voting day did not pass off peacefully. Technical glitches were reported from various polling stations in the state. EVMs were said to be not working properly and voting was delayed in some polling booths. Vehicles were set ablaze and vandalised in a clash which broke out between two groups at a polling booth at Subhash School in Sikar’s Fatehpur.
Voting remained affected for 30 minutes. Miscreants were later removed from the spot by police and voting resumed. There are 474,79,402 electors across the state and 2, 274 candidates were in the fray.
The term of Rajasthan Assembly 2013 expires on January 20, 2019. The incumbent Chief Minister exuded confidence on voting day over the work done by her government while adding that she was sure the people of Rajasthan will take cognizance of the initiatives taken by the state government and help strengthen the BJP.
Congress’ Sachin Pilot refused to discuss the possibility of being the chief ministerial candidate and said the issue will be discussed only after the results were out on December 11.