Jaipur, Dec 1 IBNS | 10 months ago

A record 74.85 percent voters out of the 40 million electorate cast their votes in Rajasthan as polling concluded on Sunday amid sporadic violence for 199 constituencies in the state to elect a new assembly.


The highest 85.52 percent turnout was recorded in Jaisalmer, followed by Hanumangarh and Shree Ganganagar with 85.40 percent and 84.06 percent respectively in state.

The lowest turnout of voters recorded in Bharatpur where only 55.21 percent voters cast their votes.

In Ajmer 74.46 percent voting was recorded.

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.

Both major parties BJP and Congress expressed optimism about their victory after the new high of voters' percentage.

"Congress will win again with huge majority," claimed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

His rival Vasundhara Raje of the BJP meanwhile tweeted "People of Rajasthan have made a resolution for change by committing to Suraaj. Their hopes will be the base of a New & Developed Rajasthan."

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.

This time there were 16.51 lakhs first-time voters against 6.71 lakhs first-time voters in last election of 2008.

With an increase of 9.8 lakh first-time electorate, there was increment of 10 percent in voters' turnout in the state.

Both Congress and BJP star campaigners Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi influenced the youths in their favour.

While Rahul Gandhi referred to rural employment guarantee scheme and other public welfare schemes of the Centre to woo the young populace of the state, Narendra Modi's emphasis was on unemployment.

Social media played a major role in turnout of young brigade of state.

A first-time voter Rahul Jain said, "I am very active on social media. My Facebook friends were casting their votes and this motivated me to do so as well."

the counting of votes will take place on Dec 8.

(Posted on 02-12-2013)