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13.10% polling recorded in Rajasthan (9 a.m.)


IANS Jaipur
Thirteen Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan which went to the polls on Monday recorded 13.10 per cent voting in the first two hours despite power failures in several regions, EMV glitches and boycott in some villages.
Among the prominent voters were Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who voted with his wife Sunita and son Vaibhav, who himself is a candidate in Jodhpur, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh.
"Development remains our core issue," Gehlot told the media, adding that Vaibhav Gehlot's winning would connect the Centre and the state and thus ensure better and speedy development in Jodhpur.
Dushyant Singh was angry over repeated power failures in different parts of Jhalawar and said that state administration deliberately wanted to reduce the polling percentage in Jhalawar.
District Collector Sidharth Sihag confirmed the power failure in Topkhana school in Jhalawar. He said the problem was rectified in half hour.
The other leaders who voted early included Union Minister of State Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, BJP MLA Gulab Singh Kataria, former state Minister Kiran Maheshwari, erstwhile prince of Mewar Lakshyaraj Singh and his father Maharana Arvind Singh.
Earlier, villagers of Neempura in Chhabra in Baran district boycotted polling demanding construction of a bridge in their area. Voting there commenced around 9 a.m. after officials reached the spot and convinced them that the issue would be addressed.
Around 30 complaints of EVM glitches were recorded in early hours of voting including in Pali, Devli in Tonk, Bhinai in Ajmer and Chohtan in Barmer district.
Raotha village in Kota district warned of boycotting the polling demanding a road in their village.

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 11:04 AM IST

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