Vot­ing over, exit polls show Cong win 2 states, BJP one

NOW THE WAIT Close fight seen in Mi­zo­ram, TSR likely to re­tain Te­lan­gana; re­sults will be de­clared on Tues­day

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As many as 72.67% of the 47 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers cast their vote in Ra­jasthan on Fri­day where spo­radic in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence were re­ported, while Te­lan­gana saw a mod­er­ate voter turnout of 68.4%, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Fri­day said.

In Ra­jasthan, vot­ing was held for 199 of the 200-seat assem­bly; elec­tion to Ram­garh seat in Al­war dis­trict was coun­ter­manded af­ter the death of Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) can­di­date Lax­man Singh. Briefing the me­dia af­ter the polling, state chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Anand Ku­mar said the polling per­cent­age this time around was less than the 75.23% recorded in the 2013 polls.

He, how­ever, clar­i­fied the polling per­cent­age would in­crease as peo­ple who were al­ready in­side polling sta­tions be­fore 5pm had been al­lowed to cast their bal­lot, adding that postal bal­lots and ser­vice votes also had to be added to the per­cent­age.

The to­tal polling per­cent­age in Te­lan­gana is al­most the same as what was recorded in the 2014 elec­tions, which were held along with Andhra Pradesh. While Medak recorded the high­est turnout of at least 77%, Hyderabad recorded a poor turnout – 56%.

Mean­while, exit polls have pre­dicted a Congress win in Ra­jasthan while in Te­lan­gana, they favour chief minister K Chan­drashekhara Rao’s Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS). It will, how­ever, be a close con­test be­tween the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh.

Elec­tions were held in 5 states since last month. Votes will be counted on Tues­day (De­cem­ber 11). Sur­veys for all states were re­leased on Fri­day af­ter polling ended in Ra­jasthan and Te­langa– na. Mi­zo­ram voted last month.

Polling was largely peace­ful across Ra­jasthan with stray in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence be­ing re­ported from Al­war, Bharat­pur, Churu, Sikar, Bikaner and Jaisalmer dis­tricts. Three peo­ple were in­jured in a clash in Churu while five were in­jured in Bikaner, two in Bharat­pur and one in Sikar. Agency In­dia To­day (Axis) Times Now (CNX)

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Kr­ish­na­murthy Subra­ma­nian

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