Rajasthan elections see 75 pct voting

Jaipur, Dec 1 : Rajasthan recorded 74.83 percent turnout of voters as polling concluded on Sunday amid sporadic violence for 199 constituencies in the state to elect a new assembly.

The general populace comprising 4.08 crore voters in Rajasthan exercised their franchise on Sunday to elect their representatives for 199 seats in the state.

Amid tight security arrangement, voting in the state began at 8 am on Sunday.

Some alleged booth capturing bids were foiled during the day while a there was at least one incident of arson.

After the demise of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Jagdish Meghwal, the election has been deferred in Churu district till Dec 13, while polling at 199 seats out of 200 seats in Rajasthan took place on Sunday.

Over 47,000 polling booths were setup across the state.

For 199 assembly seats, voters sealed the fates of 2087 candidates including that of state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his bete noire BJP's Vasundhra Raje among others.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are fighting for all seats, the National People's Party (NPP) has emerged as another strong party which is vying for 150 assembly seats and the BSP has fielded its candidates in over 100 seats to give a competition to two major parties.

According to reports, BJP chief in Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje and Congress Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cast their votes early in the day.

Counting of votes will take place on Dec 8.

--IBNS (Posted on 01-12-2013)

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