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Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 Highlights: Re-polling being held at a single booth in Karanpur

Live updates of the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly polls

  • Dec 10, 11:33 AM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 08:40 PM (IST)

    Polling in Rajasthan has concluded. Meanwhile, the exit poll results for all five states are out.

    Who is likely to win the battle in Rajasthan? Find out here.

       Polling in Rajasthan has concluded. Meanwhile, the exit poll results for all five states are out.   

   Who is likely to win the battle in Rajasthan?  Find out here .
  • Dec 07, 05:01 PM (IST)

    The caste dynamics in the state and the race for reservations

    Rajasthan is a land of myriad colours, and this pluralism extends to the communities and ethnicities that make up the population of the state.

    The state is made up of 89 percent Hindus, 9 percent Muslims while 2 percent belong to other religions. The Scheduled Caste (SC) population is 18 percent, Scheduled Tribe (ST) 13 percent, Jats 12 percent, Gujjars and Rajputs 9 percent each, Brahmins and Minas 7 percent each.

    Among these, the Rajputs and the Jats have been at loggerheads ever since the princely states were merged into the Indian Union in 1952. At that time, the princes had fielded a large number of their nominees, and the electorate which was used to being ruled by the kings had voted for them.

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  • Dec 07, 04:10 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 04:08 PM (IST)

    Voters walk miles through desert to cast votes   In Rajasthan's border districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, people reached polling booths walking several miles through the desert to cast their votes on Friday.
    People here had to walk long distances as polling booths are located at far off places. Both the districts share the border with Pakistan and are part of the Thar desert region.
    Despite hardships, people from remote villages came out to vote with a noticeable number of women seen at the polling stations. One such voter is 101-year-old Pali Devi who voted at a booth in Barmer.
      People of Rajasthan have been voting since 8 this morning for 199 seats of the state assembly.
      In Bundi district's Hindoli area, 102-year-old Kisni Bai reached the polling booth with the help of a stick to cast her vote.
      Click here to read more.

  • Dec 07, 04:05 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 04:02 PM (IST)

  • Dec 07, 03:53 PM (IST)

    District wise voter turnout till 3.00 pm

    Ajmer: 56%
    Alwar: 60%
    Barmer: 59%
    Bharatpur: 62
    Bikaner: 59%
    Chittorgarh: 67
    Churu: 58%
    Jhalawar: 62%
    Tonk: 57%
    Udaipur: 60%

  • Dec 07, 03:46 PM (IST)

    Almost 60 percent voter turnout was recorded in Rajasthan till 3.00 pm.

    With two hours still to go before the end of polling, 59.14 percentage of the votes had been cast, according to the Election Commission.

  • Dec 07, 03:33 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 03:14 PM (IST)

    Religion big factor in Pokhran

    Western Rajasthan's Pokhran assembly constituency is set for a close fight on December 7 between a Hindu religious leader fielded by the BJP and son of Muslim 'peer' pitted against him by the Congress.

    The BJP candidate, Pratap Puri, is the head of the Taratara 'math'. The Congress' Shale Mohammad is the son of Muslim religious leader Gazi Fakir, who has a large number of followers both within India and across the border in Pakistan.

    Both Puri and Fakir hold considerable sway among their communities, making the Pokhran constituency in Jaisalmer district one of the state's most hotly contested seats.

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  • Dec 07, 02:53 PM (IST)

    Voter turnout by 1.00 pm, according to ECI: 

    # Pushkar 45.44%
    # Garhi 43.98%
    # Bayfu 46.87%
    # Jamwa Ramgarh 44%

  • Dec 07, 02:47 PM (IST)

    Violence reported in Sikar district

    Stone pelting was reported in a polling booth in Sikar district of Rajasthan. A motorcycle was also torched by miscreants. Police officials were able to contain the violence, although voting was suspended for half an hour. Voting has resumed now, news channel TimesNow has reported.   

  • Dec 07, 02:35 PM (IST)

  • Dec 07, 02:33 PM (IST)

    Will a third front be able to oust BJP and Congress from the state?

    Just weeks before Rajasthan was scheduled to go to polls, a third front emerged in the state. Many political parties, barring the BJP and its nemesis Congress, came together to oust the national parties from the state.

    The Left parties forged an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Janata Dal (Secular). Besides, the state witnessed an influx of new players in the state.

    Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal floated a new political party on October 29.  Beniwal was also reportedly in talks with BJP MLA (Sanganer, Jaipur) Ghanshyam Tiwari, who quit the ruling party and floated his own Bharat Vahini Party (BVP). While Beniwal is popular among the Jats, Tiwari aims to target the 7 percent Brahmins in the state.

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, later announced that it will be contesting for all the 200 seats.

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  • Dec 07, 02:24 PM (IST)

    Will a third front be able to oust BJP and Congress from the state?

    Just weeks before Rajasthan was scheduled to go to polls, a third front emerged in the state. Many political parties, barring the BJP and its nemesis Congress, came together to oust the national parties from the state.

    The Left parties forged an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Janata Dal (Secular). Besides, the state witnessed an influx of new players in the state.

    Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal floated a new political party on October 29.  Beniwal was also reportedly in talks with BJP MLA (Sanganer, Jaipur) Ghanshyam Tiwari, who quit the ruling party and floated his own Bharat Vahini Party (BVP). While Beniwal is popular among the Jats, Tiwari aims to target the 7 percent Brahmins in the state.

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, later announced that it will be contesting for all the 200 seats.

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  • Dec 07, 02:11 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 01:43 PM (IST)

    41.37 percent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in Rajasthan, Election Commission Spokesperson has tweeted. 

  • Dec 07, 01:40 PM (IST)

    Congress could win its first direct contest against BJP in five years

    As Rajasthan votes today, the Congress is looking to win its first election in a direct contest with the BJP in five years.

    All indicators and pre-poll surveys in the run-up to the election have backed the grand old party to storm back to power in India’s largest state.

    The BJP state government headed by CM Vasundhara Raje is unpopular on the ground and that seems to be the biggest factor going for the Congress.

    Earlier this year, the bypoll results in the traditionally bipolar state indicate this change of mood as the Congress won with massive margins in Alwar and Ajmer.

    Although the BJP has tried to make amends and activate its cadre in the interim, there has been no palpable change in public mood.

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  • Dec 07, 12:57 PM (IST)

    An elderly man is being carried to a polling station to cast his vote for the state Assembly elections in Jodhpur. (Image: PTI)

     An elderly man is being carried to a polling station to cast his vote for the state Assembly elections in Jodhpur. (Image: PTI)
  • Dec 07, 12:47 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 12:42 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 12:41 PM (IST)

    Major issues that will influence the election this year

    Unemployment

    Before the BJP won with an unprecedented victory in 2013, Vasundhara Raje had promised 1.5 million jobs, with a mantra “Lathi nahi, naukriya doongi”. in the four years of BJP rule, around 157,804 government jobs were announced in different departments, but appointments had been made to only 41,800.

    Farm Distress

    In May 2018, five farmers from the Hadoti region in Rajasthan had committed suicide over garlic prices hitting rock bottom due to bumper crop. As a result the farmers had to sell their crop at throwaway prices.

    Fragmented Traditional Voter Base

    Rajasthan comprises a spectrum of ethnicities and communities, and this diversity has, more often than not, led to conflict.

    The conflict doesn’t remain restricted to inter-community fighting, but extends to dissatisfaction with the administration over reservations and quota in government jobs.

    Social Sector Schemes

    According to reports, an estimated 2.5 million families have been removed from the food security scheme in an attempt to weed out fake beneficiaries. In addition, over 2 million people are unable to access the subsidised rations due to the Point of Sale (PoS) machines not being able to read their fingerprints, indicating that the poor are suffering at the expense of a digital governance.
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  • Dec 07, 12:28 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 12:21 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 12:20 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 12:13 PM (IST)

    Rajasthan polls: Over 20 percent voter turnout in first three hours of voting     Over 20 percent of over 4.74 crore voters exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling in Rajasthan Friday amid reports of EVMs malfunctioning at some polling booths   The polling began at 8 am and the voting turn out was 20.9 percent at 11 am, poll officials said.    There were reports of some EVMs not working which delayed voting at a few polling booths.   – PTI

  • Dec 07, 12:03 PM (IST)
  • Dec 07, 11:59 AM (IST)
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