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Brisk polling in Rajasthan, nearly 60 per cent turnout till 3 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Nearly 60 per cent of the 4.74 crore registered voters cast their vote by the 3 pm in as the state witnessed brisk polling in the assembly Friday.

With two hours still to go before the end of polling, 59.14 percentage of the votes had been cast, according to the website.

Polling for 199 seats out of the total 200 in the assembly began at 8 am with voters lining up at 51,687 booths.

A said polling was going on peacefully and elaborate security arrangements are in place.

Minister Vasundhara Raje, Committee and other leaders were among those who exercised their franchise.

Raje (Jhalrapatan), (Tonk), former minister are among the 2,274 candidates in the fray.

The election in Ramgarh constituency of district was put off following the death of candidate

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

Raje, who is the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, is fighting against Jaswant Singh's son in Jhalrapatan, the constituency she has represented since 2003.

switched to the just before the election, making the fight tougher for Raje this time. She had won 63 per cent of the votes cast in 2013, winning the seat by a margin of 60,896.

Tonk, with a sizeable Muslim population, is a keenly-watched contest between and BJP Transport Minister Yoonus Khan, who is the saffron party's only Muslim face in the

The had initially fielded sitting MLA in Tonk. But in a change of strategy, the party dropped him and sent Khan to take on Pilot.

This is a maiden assembly election for Pilot, a two-time who is seen as a chief ministerial possibility if the wins. He has represented Dausa and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies in the past.

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

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

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 15:30 IST