Jaipur: Rajasthan recorded a 72.7% voter turnout till 5 PM on Friday. Voting in 199 out of 200 constituencies had begun at 8 AM. It must be noted the counting of votes for Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha election will take place on December 11, along with other four states that have gone to polls this year (Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh).
Voting was marred in some places because of faulty EVMs. 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.
The main contenders in the state are the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress that are set to give each other a tough fight. These two parties have alternately been in power in the state for over two decades. In 2018 assembly elections, the BSP and the AAP are also in the running but not much is expected of them.
BJP’s Vasundhara Raje, the incumbent chief minister, is facing a tough fight from Congress. whose president Rahul Gandhi has held 13 rallies across the state. (Also Read: Rajasthan Assembly Polls: Check Your Name in Voter List Online)
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 election in Alwar district’s Ramgarh constituency has been postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh.
There are 47479402 electors who will vote at 51796 polling stations across the state. The term of Rajasthan Assembly 2013 expires on January 20, 2019. Further, 2, 274 candidates will be fighting the elections this year.
While opinion polls have favoured the Congress, the fact that it has not announced a chief ministerial candidate may hurt the party’s chances of winning. Also, the party is plagued by in-fighting between Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot and former CM Ashok Gehlot. While Pilot has the youth card in his favour, Gehlot is a seasoned politician. The majority mark in the 200 seat-Assembly is 101. In 2013, the BJP won the 163 seats while the Congress got only 21 seats