Jaipur, Oct 21 : An estimated 10.35 per cent polling was recorded in Mandawa Assembly constituency in Jhunjhunu and 8.26 percent in Khinwsar Assembly seat in Rajasthan's Nagaur district.
Polling in both the constituencies in Rajasthan began at 7am amid tight security arrangements. The by-elections were necessitated after Khivsar (Nagaur) MLA Hanuman Beniwal and Mandawa (Jhunjhunu) MLA Narendra Kumar were elected to the Lok Sabha in May this year.
Khinvsar Congress candidate and former minister Harendra Mirdha, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) candidate Narayan Beniwal, brother of Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal exercised their franchise. Mandawa is witnessing tough fight between Congress candidate Rita Chaudhary and BJP's Sushila Sigada.
As many as 12 candidates, nine in Mandawa and three in Khinvsar, are in the fray.
A total of 259 polling stations have been set up in Mandawa where 2,27,414 electorate are expected to exercise their franchise, whereas in Khinvsar, 2,50,155 people will cast their votes in 266 booths. Sixty polling stations in Mandawa and 121 in Khinvsar have been identified as sensitive.
Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said eight companies of central security forces each have been deployed in both the constituencies. No untoward incident has been reported. (UNI)