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Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

The election is a direct contest between BJP and Congress.

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot shows his ink-marked finger after casting vote for the state Assembly elections, in Jaipur
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot shows his ink-marked finger after casting vote for the state Assembly elections, in Jaipur. Photo: PTI

Polling for the Rajasthan assembly has ended. Over 72 per cent of the 47.4 million registered voters had cast their vote by 5 pm.

Polling began at 51,687 booths across the state began at 8 am and was largely peaceful, officials said.

The election in Ramgarh constituency of Alwar district was put off following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.

The results will be out on December 11, along with those from the other four states which saw Assembly elections in the past few weeks.

In about 130 constituencies, the contest appears to be mainly between the and the

In the current House, the has 160 seats and the 25.

Key candidates

Raje is contesting elections from Jhalrapatan constituency from Rajasthan's Jhalawar district, same as she did in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 elections. She is facing veteran Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh who has defected to the Congress

leader is contesting from Jodhpur's Sardarpura constituency. is contesting state polls for the first time, from Rajasthan's Tonk constituency. Pilot is in contest with BJP's only Muslim face in the state -Yoonus Khan. Other prominent candidates from Congress include famous Jat leader Rameshwar Lal Dudi who is contesting from Nokha, senior Congress leader and former state revenue minister Hemaram Choudhary from Gudha Malani, state vice-president Mahendra Jeet Singh Malviya from Bagidora, former state home minister Shanti Dhariwal from Kota.

From BJP, also in the fray are state heavyweights like state rural development minister Rajendra Rathore from Churu, Jaipur mayor Ashok Parnami from Adarsh Nagar, state women and child welfare minister Anita Bhadel from Ajmer South, and state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria from Udaipur. Bahujan Samajwadi Party's 5-time MP and 2-time MLA, Lakshman Singh Chaudhary is contesting from Ramgarh.

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

Visuals from Ratanada's Sardarpura constituency Jodhpur: Visuals from Ratanada's Sardarpura constituency as voting concludes at the polling booth at Miranda Public School. #RajasthanElections2018 pic.twitter.com/6RHxjorLco— ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

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Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

Visuals from Jhalawar as polling concludes at polling booth no. 31(A). Voter turnout recorded at this particular booth is 73.83%.  Visuals from Jhalawar as polling concludes at polling booth no. 31(A). Voter turnout recorded at this particular booth is 73.83%. #RajasthanAssemblyElection2018 pic.twitter.com/cKtUw3xdNL — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

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Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

Voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018 is 72.7 per cent Voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in #RajasthanElections2018 is 72.7% https://t.co/FOJ7frlNuT — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

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Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

This Rajasthan village's residents have refused to vote   Residents of Chhemar Ka Pura village under Rajakhera Assembly constituency have decided to not cast votes alleging that their long-pending demand of a proper approach road to their village is yet to be met. "Candidates seek votes, they win but do not address our long-pending demand of a proper approach road to the village. We have largely decided to boycott polling," Gendalal Kushwah, a local, said. 

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

Rajasthan polls: It is not just the elders, the youth, too, were excited about casting votes. "Quality education and employment are the main issue for youngsters. There is a need to improve education infrastructure in the state, because many of us have to go out of the state for higher studies," Utkarsh Agnihotri, a first-time voter who is preparing for NEET, said in Jaipur. 

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

In many parts of Rajasthan, more than 20 per cent votes were cast in the first three hours of polling, which started at 8 am. 

Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

Rajasthan polls: Waiting in a queue to cast his vote in Sanganer Assembly constituency of Jaipur, Mohan Singh said, "I have come with my grandchildren who are minors, but it is good for them to see the polling process. It makes them aware." 

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 06:50 IST
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Rajasthan election highlights: 72% turnout, exit polls predict Congress win

The election is a direct contest between BJP and Congress.

Polling for the Rajasthan assembly has ended. Over 72 per cent of the 47.4 million registered voters had cast their vote by 5 pm.

Polling began at 51,687 booths across the state began at 8 am and was largely peaceful, officials said.

The election in Ramgarh constituency of Alwar district was put off following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.

The results will be out on December 11, along with those from the other four states which saw Assembly elections in the past few weeks.

In about 130 constituencies, the contest appears to be mainly between the and the

In the current House, the has 160 seats and the 25.

Key candidates

Raje is contesting elections from Jhalrapatan constituency from Rajasthan's Jhalawar district, same as she did in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 elections. She is facing veteran Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh who has defected to the Congress

leader is contesting from Jodhpur's Sardarpura constituency. is contesting state polls for the first time, from Rajasthan's Tonk constituency. Pilot is in contest with BJP's only Muslim face in the state -Yoonus Khan. Other prominent candidates from Congress include famous Jat leader Rameshwar Lal Dudi who is contesting from Nokha, senior Congress leader and former state revenue minister Hemaram Choudhary from Gudha Malani, state vice-president Mahendra Jeet Singh Malviya from Bagidora, former state home minister Shanti Dhariwal from Kota.

From BJP, also in the fray are state heavyweights like state rural development minister Rajendra Rathore from Churu, Jaipur mayor Ashok Parnami from Adarsh Nagar, state women and child welfare minister Anita Bhadel from Ajmer South, and state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria from Udaipur. Bahujan Samajwadi Party's 5-time MP and 2-time MLA, Lakshman Singh Chaudhary is contesting from Ramgarh.

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