Jaipur, Apr 15 UNI | 3 months ago

The din of electioneering-that remained at a sedate note this time due to the strict regulations by the Election Commission, came to a virtual halt this evening in 20 Parliamentary constituencies in Rajasthan.

With this, public meetings, rallies, processions or road shows and campaigning through electronic media and SMSs ended today.

However, the candidates and their supporters can go for door to door canvassing, an election office spokesman said here.

The Lok Sabha elections in the state are being held in a two phased manner. While 20 of the 25 Parliamentary constituencies go to polls on Thursday, remaining five--Dausa(ST), Bharatpur(SC), Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Dholpur-Karauli(SC) and Alwar will vote on April 24 in the second phase.

The first phase polling in 20 constituencies on April 17, will lock in the EVMs, fate of 239 candidates, including former Bihar Governor Buta Singh (Jalore), expelled BJP veteran former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh (IND-Barmer), rebel BJP former Union Minister Subhash Mahariya (IND-Sikar), AICC General Secretary CP Joshi and his BJP rival Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Jaipur Rural), Union Ministers Girija Vyas (Chittorgarh) and Chandresh Kumari (Jodhpur), former Union Minister late Sisram Ola's daughter-in-law Rajbala, her rival IND former Minister Rajkumar Sharma (Jhunujhunu) and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's MP son Dushyant Singh (Jhalawar).

About 4.26 crore voters, including 2.01 crore women are eligible to exercise their franchise at 47,948 polling booths in the state in both the phases.

While BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and state Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were the star campaigners for the saffron brigade, who criss-crossed the state, BJP President Rajnath Singh also campaigned in the state.

For Congress, the command of the campaigning remained with former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who held prolonged campaigns for the party nominees throughout the state and in the process addressed scores of public meetings. Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi also visited once to campaign for the party candidates while her son and party Vice President Rahul undertook a two-phased whirlwind tour to the state. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Hooda also visited some Jat dominated pockets. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati also participated in the campaign of BSP nominees.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)