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
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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