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Rajasthan records 74 per cent turnout

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

recorded a turnout of 74 per cent in polling Friday, sealing the fate of Minister whose is hoping to return to power after a tough challenge from the

The said 73.85 per cent of voters exercised their franchise, a tally just short of the 75.23 per cent registered in the previous assemble elections.

The police reported a few clashes among supporters but said polling across the 51,687 booths was largely peaceful.

Special DG (law and order) N R K Reddy said ITBP jawans opened fire in the air to disperse a mob trying to enter a booth at a village in Alwar's Mundawar constituency.

There were clashes and arson outside the booths in Bikaner and Sikar but polling remained unaffected, he added.

At places in the border districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, people walked miles through the desert to cast their votes.

In district's Hindoli area, 102-year-old was among the voters. Also in Bundi, Dhapu Bai, said to be over 100 years old, was brought to the polling station on a cot by her family members.

First-timers recorded the significant milestone in their lives with selfies, displaying an inked finger, to be posted on

"Have chosen my future, you too show up," one man posted.

Jaisalmer's Pokaran recorded the highest turnout of 87.03 per cent. The lowest, 59.97 per cent, was in Pali's Sumerpur, where held a public rally on the last day of electioneering.

The BJP is trying to retain power in the state it won in 2013, displacing Ashok Gehlot's government.

If returns, as exit polls predicted Friday evening, Gehlot is tipped as a possible candidate for the post along with the

contested from her constituency, Pilot from Tonk and Gehlot from Sardarpura.

Results will be declared on December 11, along with those from four other states that went to the polls during the past weeks.

There are 2,274 candidates in the fray for 199 constituencies out of the total 200 in

Polling in district's Ramgarh constituency will take place later due to the death of candidate

Raje, the BJP's ministerial candidate, contested against veteran BJP Jaswant Singh's son in a constituency she has represented since 2003.

had switched to the Congress just before the election.

In Tonk, Pilot contested against Transport Minister Yoonus Khan, the BJP's only Muslim face in the elections.

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

Polling began at 8 am, picking pace over the first few hours.

The final turnout figure will be released by Saturday morning, Rajasthan's said.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:13 IST