In a close race between the Congress and the BJP to choose the next state administration, over 68% of Rajasthan voters cast ballots before 5 p.m. on Saturday. Polling was conducted smoothly, with the exception of a few isolated acts of violence.
More than 51,000 polling places in 199 assembly seats opened for business at 7 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m., although authorities said voters who were already in line would still be able to cast ballots.
The state had 74.06 percent of voters participate in the most recent assembly elections, which were held in 2018. This time, the Election Commission has established a goal of at least 75% voter participation in every district.
During the first two hours of voting, around 10% of the electorate cast ballots; by 11 am, that percentage had increased to almost 25%, and by 1 pm, it had reached over 40%.
68.24% of voters cast ballots through 5 p.m., according to an official.
The death of the Congress candidate has caused the polling in Sriganganagar’s Karanpur assembly seat to be postponed.
December 3 is when the votes will be tallied.
In the Pali and Udaipur districts, two individuals—a senior voter and a candidate’s polling agent—passed away from cardiac arrest at voting places.
1,862 candidates are running for 199 seats, with around 5.25 crore registered voters.
The Election Commission has put extensive plans in place to guarantee a seamless polling experience. Throughout the state, more than 1.70 lakh security guards have been sent.
Stone-pelting caused injuries to two people, including a police officer, at Sanwler village, Kaman, in the Deeg area.
“To disperse the throng, police fired twelve rounds into the air. The incident caused a brief disruption in the voting process, according to Deeg Superintendent of Police (SP) Brijesh Upadhyay.
Two parties fought in Sikar’s Fatehpur, resulting in injuries to a jawan.
Outside a voting place, stones were thrown. The stone-throwing caused injuries to one jawan. There were no civilian injuries. There are around five to seven people in custody, according to Fatehpur DSP Ram Pratap.
In the Bari seat of Dholpur, a fight broke out between a voter and a poll worker at a voting place.
The following violence resulted in damage to two automobiles. After a brief break, voting was resumed in Dholpur, according to Collector Anil Kumar Agarwal.
Forty to fifty persons attempted to access a polling place in Uniara, Tonk district. However, according to SP Rajarshi Raj, things were brought under control.
The opposition BJP and the incumbent Congress are directly competing in the desert state election. While the BJP is hoping to make a comeback in the state before the Lok Sabha elections next year, the Congress is hoping to defy the tradition of the governing party being overthrown every five years.
Early in the morning, long lines of voters—young and old alike—formed at voting places.
Himanshu Jaiyaswal, a college student, told PTI at a voting place at Nitin Public School in Malviya Nagar, “I got ready by 6 am, called up my friends and reached the polling booth so that we are the first ones to vote.”
Another voter, Jai Singh, said, “This is the festival of democracy and everyone should participate in it.”
The first people to vote were former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, Union ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Kailash Chaudhary, and chief minister Ashok Gehlot. Voting was place in Jodhpur for Gehlot and Shekhawat, Balotra for Chaudhary, Jhalawar for Raje, and Jaipur for Pilot.
Rajasthan BJP president CP Joshi cast his ballot in Chittorgarh, while Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Diya Kumari, two party MPs, did the same in Jaipur. BJP MPs Rathore and Kumari are two of the seven running for assembly seats.
Speaking with the media, the leaders conveyed their assurance that their parties will get the mandate from the electorate.
Chief Minister Gehlot said in Jodhpur that there is no anti-incumbency sentiment against the Congress and that the party would once again form the state government. “An undercurrent seems to be present. It seems that the Congress administration will be replicated, he said.
In response, Gehlot’s predecessor Raje said, “I agree with him,” when speaking with media in Jhalawar. Undoubtedly, there is a stream, but it is favorable to the BJP. The BJP’s election emblem, the lotus, will blossom on December 3.
Union minister Shekhawat said in Jodhpur that the BJP was gaining a sizable majority. This time, voters will consider crimes against women, instances of document leaks, and corruption that occurred during the Congress’ five-year tenure.
Rajasthan voters were urged to cast ballots in big numbers earlier in the day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, and a host of other dignitaries.
Shanti Lal, a poll worker for BJP candidate Joraram Kumawat from the Sumerpur seat, reportedly passed out at booth number 47, according to an official. After being taken to a neighboring hospital, he was taken to the district hospital, where medical professionals pronounced him dead at the scene.
In Udaipur, Satyendra Arora, 62, passed out at a voting place. His relatives brought him to a local hospital, where medical professionals pronounced him dead.