Jaipur, Dec 7 : As per tentative estimates 74.06 per cent of the 47.43 million electorate exercised their franchise in Rajasthan Assembly elections on Friday.
The polling that began at 51,687 polling stations spread over 199 assembly constituencies in the state at 8am concluded at 5pm this evening locking in EVMs fate of 2274 contestant, including 187 women. Barring glitches due to malfunctioning of some EVMs, minor incidents of arson, stone throwing, clashes and one stabbing reported from different places, the polling by and large passed off peacefully, Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar and Special Director General of Police(Law and Order) NRK Reddy said here tonight.
Mr Kumar and Mr Reddy thanked the people for their cooperation in holding smooth the peaceful polls. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her predecessor and AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot have also expressed satisfaction over peaceful polling and thanked the people for heavy turnout at Polling booths.
Mr Gehlot said that high voting percentage was an indicator of people's dismay over the government's performance and they have voted for change in the state. The tentative figures on voters turnout showed that Sangaria recorded the highest polling percent of 86.39 Marwar Junction constituency in Pali district reported lowest turnout of 60.17 percent.
There are 200 seats to the state assembly in the state. The election on the Ramgarh seat in Alwar district has been countermanded following death of BSP nominee Laxman Singh Chaudhary.
Notable among those whose fate was sealed in polling today are Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje(BJP-Jhalrapatan), former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (Congress-Sardarpura), Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (Udaipur), Congress State President Sachin Pilot (Tonk), Congress nominee former Union Ministers Dr CP Joshi(Nathdwara), Dr Girija Vyas (Udaipur), former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's son-in-law Narpat Singh Rajvi (BJP-Vidhyadhar-Jaipur), former Union Minister Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh(Congress-Jhalrapatan), Ghanshyam Tiwari (Sanganer-BVP) and Hanuman Beniwal (Khimsar-RLMP).
In the present 14th House, the ruling BJP holds 160 seats, Congress 25, BSP and NUZP 02 each, NPP 01, Independents 07 and three seats are vacant. Counting of votes will take place on December 11 simultaneously in all five poll bound states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. UNI