74% vote in Raj, 67% in T’gana

Cong com­plains of EVM glitches in an other­wise smooth elec­tion

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Jaipur/hyderabad: Ra­jasthan, where the BJP holds a brute ma­jor­ity oc­cu­py­ing 156 of the 200 seats in the state Vid­hans­abha, re­ceived an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from the vot­ers, on Fri­day. Ac­cord­ing to the state elec­tion depart­ment, 74% polling was recorded till 5 pm when the cur­tains came down on the elec­toral process in Ra­jasthan.

In Te­lan­gana, an es­ti­mated 67% of over 2.80 crore vot­ers cast their bal­lots on Fri­day in an elec­tion that will test the pop­u­lar­ity of the rul­ing TRS supremo K Chan­drasekhar Rao and the wis­dom of the great gam­ble he made in go­ing for early elec­tions. Bar­ring stray in­ci­dents of clashes and mal­func­tion­ing of vot­ing ma­chines at a few places, the polling was largely peace­ful, in­clud­ing in ar­eas af­fected by Maoist in­sur­gency.

In 2013, a his­toric 75.23% polling was recorded in Ra­jasthan which saw a change in regime with BJP re­turn­ing to power. The count­ing of votes will take place on De­cem­ber 11 along with the four other states where the polls have been con­ducted.

Out of 200, 199 assem­bly con­stituen­cies went to polls in sin­gle phase on Fri­day. Polling was with­held in the Ram­garh con­stituency of Al­war dis­trict af­ter the BSP can­di­date Lak­sh­man Singh passed away. With the cul­mi­na­tion of polling, the fate of 2,274 can­di­dates has been sealed in the EVMS. There are 187 fe­male can­di­dates in fray this time.

The pace of vot­ing re­mained slow across the state and mal­func­tion­ing of EVMS were re­ported be­fore 12 pm. Till 9 am the vot­ing re­mained at 6.11% across the state. Vot­ing gained mo­men­tum post lunch and touched 59% till 3pm. Till 4 pm, the turnout was recorded at 71%.

CM Raje cast her vote in Jhalara­p­atan, the con­stituency she is con­test­ing for the fourth straight time.

Congress, mean­while, has reg­is­tered its protest, on mal­func­tion­ing of 400 EVMS and lodged a for­mal com­plaint with the elec­tion depart­ment of­fi­cials for re­dres­sal.

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