Polling peaceful in Hadoti region
Barring stray incidents of violence, polling passed off peacefully in all four districts of Hadoti region on Friday.
Enthusiasm was seen among the voters in Hadoti region, where people were seen lined up since morning in front of polling booths in Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar districts.
There are 17 assembly constituencies in Hadoti region including four each in Jhalawar and Baran districts, six in Kota and three in Bundi district.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje cast her vote at the ‘Pink booth’ of community centre of Housing Board Colony in Jhalarapatan, which was manned by women personnel.
Later, accompanied by her son and Jhalawar MP Dushyant Singh and his wife Niharika Singh, Raje claimed that the polling underway in Rajasthan is in favour of the development works carried out by her government.
Raje is facing challenge from Congress candidate and sitting MLA from Sheo assembly constituency, Manvendra Singh who is the son of former Union minister Jaswant Singh.
Incidents of scuffling and stone-pelting among the workers of BJP and Congress were seen at Dhaba village in Jhalawar district. Jhalawar SP Anand Sharma said that police reached on time and used mild force to disperse the party activists. “It was a mild incident,” he said.
Jhalawar district collector Jitendra Kumar Soni said that around 63% voting was registered in Jhalawar district till 3 pm.
Police also dispersed scuffling workers of Congress and BJP at the booth of Santoshi Nagar Housing board of Kota South assembly constituency.
Queues of voters were seen since the beginning of the polling in Kota.
Reports of fault were received from some polling booths including polling booth in Vallabh Bari near Gurudwara of Kota North constituency, Ghodewaale baba school in Dadabari area of Kota South constituency and others due to which polling was delayed for around half an hour.
Meanwhile, the Madanpura village of Pipalda assembly constituency, which had announced to boycott polls in the past, voted after insistence of the administrative officials and reconciliation among the villagers.
In Muslim dominated areas in Kota city, family members and volunteers were seen carrying elderly voters on palanquins, cots and wheelchairs.
Kota district collector Gaurav Goyal informed that around 56.18% polling was registered in Kota district till 3pm.