74% vote in Raj, 67% in T’gana
Cong complains of EVM glitches in an otherwise smooth election
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.