Around 74 percent of more than 4.74 crore registered voters exercised their franchise in Rajasthan where elections were held on Friday, 7 December, for 199 of the 200 Assembly seats.
At the close of the polling, the Election Commission said the turnout was 73.85 per cent, less than a percentage point short of the 75.23 percent registered in 2013, reported PTI.
Officials said the final figure could be higher.
There were reports of EVMs malfunctioning at some polling booths. The police reported a few clashes among supporters, but said polling was largely peaceful.
The results for the Rajasthan Assembly elections will be declared on 11 December, along with those from Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.
Stay with The Quint on 11 December to know who finally wins the race to the throne in Jaipur.
- 199 out of the 200 Assembly seats in Rajasthan went to polls on Friday
- Polling in Alwar district’s Ramgarh has been postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh
- Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot said they are confident of a win
- Vasundhara Raje slammed Sharad Yadav for fat-shaming her
Rajasthan Elections: All You Need to Know
Will Rajasthan see a break in the 25-year trend of alternating between the BJP and the Congress governments every consecutive term, as the state goes to polls on 7 December?
In Rajasthan, the BJP is fighting anti-incumbency to retain power though no party has been repeated after one term in the last 20 years. With the poll surveys predicting that Congress was ahead, the BJP has made persistent efforts over the last few days to shore up its prospects with Modi, the main vote getter for the BJP, addressing around 12 rallies.
Rajasthan Elections: Pros and Cons of Important Players
The election, which is seen as a do-or-die situation for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, will also decide her fate within the BJP.
Two time-CM Ashok Gehlot is not only an experienced administrator, but also enjoys a loyal vote-base. He has the ability to swing sections of the OBC vote towards the Congress.
Sachin Pilot, the son of former Dausa strongman Rajesh Pilot, is perhaps the most likely choice for the Congress' CM candidate. It will be interesting to see how things unfold for Pilot, with the BJP contesting its only Muslim candidate against against the Congress leader in the Muslim-dominated seat of Tonk.
Campaigning Ends for Rajasthan Elections
Campaigning in the high-stakes 7 December Assembly elections, dubbed as the semi-final before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, ended in Rajasthan on Wednesday, 5 December with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi making a concerted attempt on the last day to win the contest for their parties.
The campaign in both the states has been bitter with personalised attacks by leaders of various parties.
BJP President Amit Shah has also been holding road shows and addressing press conferences in Rajasthan. The BJP had won 163 seats in Rajasthan in 2013 elections while Congress bagged 21.
On the other side, Rahul Gandhi has been on a relentless campaign in both Rajasthan and Telangana. The party has not projected a chief ministerial candidate in both the states.
Rajasthan Elections: Candidates to Watch Out For
Voting Begins in 199 Out of 200 Assembly Seats
Voting in 199 out of the 200 Rajasthan constituencies began at 8 am on Thursday, 7 December. Polling in Alwar district’s Ramgarh has been postponed due to the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.
PM Modi, Other Leaders Urge People to Vote in Large Numbers
राजस्थान में आज मतदान का दिन है। राज्य के सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा आग्रह है कि वे पूरे उत्साह के साथ लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में अवश्य भाग लें और भारी संख्या में मतदान करें।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 7, 2018
प्रदेश का हर नागरिक लोकतंत्र का प्रमुख आधार है और संविधान ने आपको सरकार चुनने के लिए मतदान का अधिकार दिया है। इसलिए आपका नैतिक कर्तव्य है कि मत का उपयोग जरूर करें तथा दूसरों को भी मतदान के लिए प्रेरित करें।— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 7, 2018
आओ लोकतंत्र का महापर्व मनाएं, आओ मतदान करें। pic.twitter.com/l75NSA6j6d
प्रदेश के मतदाताओं को मेरी शुभकामनाएं। लोकतंत्र के इस महापर्व को मनाएं, स्वयं मतदान करें एवम सभी को प्रेरित करें।— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 7, 2018
मतदान आपका अधिकार ही नहीं नैतिक कर्तव्य भी है।
लोकतंत्र के पर्व में अपनी भागीदारी अवश्य निभाएं।#RajasthanElections2018
CM Vasundhara Raje Casts Vote in Jhalrapatan Constituency
As a woman Chief Minister, casting my vote at a #PinkPollingBooth - run completely by women gives me a great sense of pride.— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 7, 2018
I urge you all to go out and vote, celebrate your identity and exercise your right. pic.twitter.com/LijPTcfoFi
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje casts her vote at polling booth no. 31A in Jhalrapatan constituency of Jhalawar and said she is confident of the BJP’s win in the state.
Voting Underway in Jodhpur
An 80-year-old woman cast her vote at booth no. 103 in Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur district.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Casts His Vote in Jaipur
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore casts his votes at polling booth 252 in Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur.
"“We have to cast our vote today by thinking who is actually taking the nation forward.”" - Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Voting Yet to Begin in Two Booths in Jalore Due to EVM Malfunction
Voting is yet to begin in two polling booths Jalore’s Ahor following EVM malfunction, reported ANI.
Party Will Sit and Discuss Who Will Become CM After We Get Majority: Sachin Pilot
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said his party will sit and decide who will become the chief minister after they get a majority in the election.
6.11% Voter Turnout Till 9 AM
Confident of a Massive Victory in Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot
Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot cast his vote at polling booth number 106 in Jodhpur. While talking to reporters, he said he was confident that his party will win with a massive mandate and form the government in the state.
EVM Replaced in Bikaner's Kisamidesar Following Technical Glitch
Following a technical glitch, an EVM has been replaced at polling booth number 172 in Bikaner's Kisamidesar.
Voters Create Ruckus in Two Polling Booths of Ahor Constituency
Voters created ruckus at two polling booths - booth no. 253 and 254 in the Ahor constituency of Jalore, ANI reported. The incident happened as voting has been halted following EVM malfunction.
21.89% Voter Turnout Till 11 AM
Here is a look at the district-wise polling percentage till 11 am.
Arjun Ram Meghwal Stands in Queue to Cast His Vote
BJP’s election management committee co-convener Arjun Ram Meghwal stands in queue to cast his vote at polling booth number 172 in Bikaner.
Erstwhile Royals of Jodhpur Cast Their Votes
Erstwhile royals of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh and his wife cast their votes at polling booth number 194 in Sardarpura constituency, reported ANI.
Several Polling Booths Run Entirely by Women and Differently-abled
Over 250 polling booths will be fully operated by women, while three will be operated by differently-abled persons in Rajasthan.
3932 volunteers have been engaged to bring voters with disabilities to the polling booths.— Arti Dogra (@artizzzz) December 7, 2018
Around 872 wheelchairs are available at the booths as well. Over 100 vehicles are being used to assist such voters.#RajasthanElections2018 @CeoRajasthan @jogaram @SpokespersonECI pic.twitter.com/yXKgvLmkPh
41.57% Voter Turnout Till 1 PM
Violence Mars Voting in Sikar
Violence marred voting in Rajasthan's Sikar on Friday, 7 December, as vehicles were set on fire and vandalised in a clash between two groups near a polling booth at Subhash school in Fatehpur. Voting was halted for 30 minutes and resumed after miscreants were removed from the spot by the police, reported ANI.
59.66% Voter Turnout Till 3 PM
'Voted to Ensure Better Healthcare for Old People': 85-Yr-Old Gita Devi from Alwar
Eighty five-year-old voter Gita Devi, hailing for Alwar, says that she has voted to ensure better healthcare for old people.
"I've also voted for the government which will work for women's safety," she added.
'In Modi's India, EVMs Have Mysterious Powers': Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi warned party workers to be vigilant after polls close in Rajasthan and Telangana on Friday evening.
“In MP, EVM’s behaved strangely after polling... In Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers [sic],” he said.
Congress party workers, be vigilant after polls close today.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 7, 2018
In MP, EVM's behaved strangely after polling:
Some stole a ? and vanished for 2 days! Others slipped away & were found drinking in a hotel.
In Modi’s India, the EVMs have mysterious powers ?
Stay alert! pic.twitter.com/DViNl8fdPC
Voter Turnout Till 3 pm Revised to 59.43%
The voter turnout till 3 pm was 59.43%, tweeted the official spokesperson of the Election Commission of India.
72.7% Voter Turnout Till 5 PM
'Think Congress is Heading For Victory in Rajasthan': Sachin Pilot
As voting concluded in Rajasthan and the exit poll predictions were released, Congress leader Sachin Pilot told CNN-News18 that he believed that the Congress is heading for victory in Rajasthan.
"“We should wait for the results but I think Congress is heading for victory in Rajasthan. Congress is in a formidable position because of the hard work of all the Congress leaders in the state.”" - Sachin Pilot, as quoted by CNN-News18
Pilot also reportedly slammed the Modi government for using the ED, CBI and other agencies against the Opposition.
Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot and Vasundhara Raje Thank Voters After Polling Ends
I thank all the voters of #Rajasthan, who participated in the festival of #Democracy.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 7, 2018
People from all walks of life voted in large numbers. It was great joy to see their participation.
I am sure voters hv given their ashirvad to Congress. We are forming govt wd blessings of ppl.
विधानसभा चुनाव में भारी उत्साह के साथ मतदान करने तथा शांति व कुशलता से लोकतंत्र के महापर्व को सफल बनाने के लिए सभी जागरूक मतदाताओं, भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं एवं पदाधिकारियों, चुनाव कर्मचारियों, पुलिस व सुरक्षा बल के जवानों का हार्दिक आभार। हमारी यही सहभागिता लोकतंत्र को महान बनाती है। pic.twitter.com/awDOZrZk5d— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 7, 2018
My heartfelt gratitude to the people of Rajasthan for the love & support they have given to the Congress.— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) December 7, 2018
I would also like to commend all the ranks & files of the Congress party for working tirelessly to create a historic campaign. You people are the real heros. @INCIndia
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