Saturday, February 24, 2024

Rajasthan: Polling begins for 199 seats

Rajasthan is voting today to elect members of a new assembly as a voter turnout of 9.77% was reported till 9 am in the state, according to the Election Commission of India.

While the ruling Congress party is pitching on its welfare schemes, policies and guarantees under the Ashok Gehlot government, BJP is banking on communal polarisation.

Rajasthan has a total of 200 Assembly seats but polling will be held in 199 seats as the Congress candidate from Ganganagar’s Karanpur seat Gurmeet Singh Konoor passed away. As per the Election Commission officials, there are 5,26,90,146 voters in 199 constituencies.

The BJP is contesting on all seats while the Congress has left one seat – Bharatpur – for its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) like the 2018 elections.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former CM Vasundhara Raje, former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Congress national spokesperson Gourav Vallabh, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, Vishwaraj Singh Mewar, Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi, and Rajasthan LoP Rajendra Rathore are among the prominent candidates.

The voting will be carried out through as many as 2.74 lakh workers, 6,247 sector officials as well as over 1.02 lakh security personnel.

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