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Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 LIVE: Majority of Exit Polls Predict Congress Set to Sweep State

News18.com | December 7, 2018, 7:10 PM IST
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Rajasthan Assembly Election LIVE Updates | Voters at two polling booths in Jalore's Ahor constituency created ruckus after voting was halted due to technical EVM malfunction. Glitches related to voting machines were reported at several places. Despite that, the state registered 41% voter turnout till 1 pm. With just two hours left for polling, all eyes are now on exit polls. News18 will begin its extensive coverage of the exit polls soon after voting end.

Meanwhile, after casting her vote in Jhalawar, chief minister Vasundhara Raje spoke to the media and expressed her dissatisfaction over Sharad Yadav's body-shaming comment. "To set an example for future it's important that EC takes cognisance of this kind of language. I actually feel insulted and I think any woman would," she said. Yadav had apparently said at an a rally that Raje should rest as she has grown fat over the years and might have got tired.
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Dec 7, 2018 7:10 pm (IST)

FOLLOW THE EXIT POLLS HERE | Exit Poll Results LIVE: Pollsters Give Congress Edge in Rajasthan; Close Call in Chhattisgarh, MP. KCR's Gamble May Pay Off

In the 200-seat Rajasthan Assembly, the Congress is hoping to capitalise on a perceived wave of anti-incumbency against Vasundhara Raje.

Dec 7, 2018 7:10 pm (IST)

NEWSX-NETA ON RAJASTHAN | The survey has forecast BJP to get 80 seats, the Congress 112 seats and 7 for others. The majority mark in the 200-seat Assembly is 101. In 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats, Congress had won 21, the BSP three and others 13.

Dec 7, 2018 7:09 pm (IST)

TIMES NOW-CNX ON RAJASTHAN | The survey has forecast that the Congress will get 105 seats, BJP will get 85 seats and BSP will settle for 2. The half way mark in the 200-seat Assembly is 101. In 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats, Congress had won 21, the BSP three and others 13.

Dec 7, 2018 6:32 pm (IST)

INDIA TODAY-AXIS ON RAJASTHAN | The survey has forecast BJP to get 55-72 seats, the Congress 119-141 seats. The majority mark in the 200-seat Assembly is 101. In 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats, Congress had won 21, the BSP three and others 13.

Dec 7, 2018 6:06 pm (IST)

TURNOUT IN RAJASTHAN | Rajasthan is a high-stakes state for the Congress as it is hoping to ride the “anti-incumbency” wave against Vasundhara Raje. The state, which voted today, witnessed nearly 60 percent turnout till 3 pm. Of the 200 seats, 199 went to the polls. The election in Ramgarh constituency of Alwar district was put off following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh. The results will be out on December 11, along with those from MP, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

Dec 7, 2018 6:06 pm (IST)

KEY CONTESTS IN RAJASTHAN | Vasundhara Raje, who is the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, fought against veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh in Jhalrapatan, the constituency she has represented since 2003. Manvendra Singh switched to the Congress just before the election, making the fight tougher for Raje this time. She had won 63 per cent of the votes cast in 2013, winning the seat by a margin of 60,896. Tonk, with a sizeable Muslim population, is a keenly-watched contest between Sachin Pilot and BJP candidate and Rajasthan Transport Minister Yoonus Khan, who is the saffron party's only Muslim face in the elections. The BJP had initially fielded sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta in Tonk. But in a change of strategy, the party dropped him and sent Khan to take on Pilot.

Dec 7, 2018 6:05 pm (IST)

TIMES NOW-CNX ON RAJASTHAN | The survey has forecast BJP to get 85 seats, the Congress 105 seats and 2 for BSP. The half way mark in the 200-seat Assembly is 101. In 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats, Congress had won 21, the BSP three and others 13.

Dec 7, 2018 5:19 pm (IST)

Sadulshahar, Suratgarh, Raisingh Nagar, Anupgarh, Sangria, Pilibanga, Nohar, Kolayat, Shahpura (Jaipur), Chomu, Bari, Bayatu, Ghatol, Pratapgarh, Pokran, Ramganjmandi have recorded a turnout of over 80%.  Meanwhile, low voting percentage has been recorded in Mewar region.  

Dec 7, 2018 5:10 pm (IST)

All-Women Booths Evoke Mixed Response | The Election Commission's move to set up all-woman booths for the assembly polls in Rajasthan received a mixed response with the voters giving it a thumbs up but the polling staff expressing some reservations. In a first-of-its-kind experiment in the state, the polling staff and security personnel at 259 out of the state's total 51,687 polling booths are all women. Fifty of these booths have been set up in Jaipur alone. Both men and women can caste votes at these booths. Women voters lauded the initiative.

Dec 7, 2018 5:08 pm (IST)

Over 72% voter turnout has been recorded in Rajasthan till 5 pm as polling is still underway there.  

Dec 7, 2018 5:06 pm (IST)

Bikaner Demands Extension in Voting | People standing in queues for several hours in Bikaner, due to faulty EVMs, are demanding an extension in voting time. People in Sardarpura and Jodhpur have made similar demands, the FIrstpost reported.  

Dec 7, 2018 5:05 pm (IST)

In the 2013 assembly polls, BJP had won 163 seats, while as Congress and BSP had taken 21 and 3 seats, respectively. 13 seats had gone to others.  

Dec 7, 2018 4:50 pm (IST)

Highest voter turnout has been recorded in Jaisalmer and Pokhran seats, with 70.31% and 71.29%, respectively. Jalore, Kota North, Jodhpur, Marwar Junction, Ajmer North have recorded the lowest voter turnouts.  

Dec 7, 2018 4:38 pm (IST)

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Gandhi asked party workers to be vigilant after polls close. "In MP, EVM's behaved strangely after polling: Some stole a bus and vanished for 2 days! Others slipped away & were found drinking in a hotel. In Modi's India, the EVMs have mysterious powers," he said, in an apparent reference to media reports that Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs reached a collection centre in Madhya Pradesh 48 hours after voting ended on November 28. 

Dec 7, 2018 4:37 pm (IST)

Rahul Asks party Workers to be Alert | Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked party workers to be vigilant after polls close in Rajasthan and Telangana, saying in "Modi's India, the EVMs have mysterious powers". Gandhi on Thursday had urged party workers in two states to put all their efforts at their respective polling booths to ensure the party's win in both the states.

Dec 7, 2018 4:30 pm (IST)

A voter smiles as she shows identity card during the state Assembly elections, at a polling station in Ajmer, Friday, Dec.07, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Dec 7, 2018 4:21 pm (IST)

Watch Out for Exit Polls at News18.com from 5 pm |  After voting ends for the last two states at 5 pm, News18.com will bring you its exit poll that will give you an insight into voters' views and polling trends in Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. You can also watch the exit polls live on CNN-News18 for our extensive broadcast coverage.

Dec 7, 2018 4:15 pm (IST)

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. Voting started with delay of nearly an hour at Sathur and Mandi polling booths in Hindoli. In other areas of the districts, the pace of voting was slow resulting in long queues at most of the booths. In Jodhpur district, long queues were seen outside several polling booths. An elderly priest who turned up to vote, said he voted for "dharam ki raksha" or protection of religion. In Baran district, people in Sukhnair village of Chipabadaud stayed away from polling. They said they were not satisfied with any political party.
None of the parties showed concern for local issues, one of the villagers said. 

Dec 7, 2018 4:14 pm (IST)

In border districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, people reached polling booths walking several miles through the desert to cast their votes Friday. People here had to walk long distances as polling booths are located at far off places. Both the districts share border with Pakistan and is 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.

Dec 7, 2018 4:08 pm (IST)

In many parts of Rajasthan, more than 20% votes were cast in the first three hours of polling which started at 8 am.Waiting in a queue to cast his vote in Sanganer Assembly constituency of Jaipur, Mohan Singh said, "I have come with my grandchildren who are minors, but it is good for them to see the polling process. It makes them aware." It is not just the elders, youths too were excited about casting votes. "Quality education and employment are the main issue for youngsters. There is a need to improve education infrastructure in the state, because many of us have to go out of the state for higher studies," Utkarsh Agnihotri, a first-time voter, who is preparing for NEET said in Jaipur.

Dec 7, 2018 4:03 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Feel Insulted, Poll Panel Must Act: Vasundhara Raje Reacts to Sharad Yadav's Body-Shaming

The chief minister said that Yadav had not only hurt her with his sexist and misogynistic comments, but insulted all women.

Dec 7, 2018 3:59 pm (IST)

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday demanded action against former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav for body shaming her during an election rally, saying she felt insulted by his comments and the Election Commission must take cognisance.Yadav made the personal comments, calling Raje fat and asking people to give her rest, while addressing a rally in Alwar on the last day of campaigning in Rajasthan on Wednesday. 

Dec 7, 2018 3:58 pm (IST)

Polling for 199 seats out of the total 200 in the assembly began at 8 am with voters lining up at 51,687 booths. A senior police officer said polling was going on peacefully and elaborate security arrangements are in place. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot and other leaders were among those who exercised their franchise. Raje (Jhalrapatan), Pilot (Tonk), former chief minister Ashok Gehlot (Sardarpura) are among the 2,274 candidates in the fray.

Dec 7, 2018 3:51 pm (IST)

Nearly 60 per cent of the 4.74 crore registered voters cast their vote by the 3 pm in Rajasthan as the state witnessed brisk polling in the assembly elections Friday. 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 website. 

Dec 7, 2018 3:50 pm (IST)

Selfies of people proudly showing off inked fingers flooded social media as Rajasthan went to polls Friday in 199 out of the 200 Assembly constituencies. Voters, particularly youngsters, took to platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook to post their pictures after exercising their franchise. "Having voted is also a source of pride in the democracy. Therefore, I put a status (on social media about having voted) as soon as I came out of the polling station," a voter Girish Sharma said. "Have chosen my future, you too show up," read the status of Deepesh Goyal, who voted in Ajmer.

Dec 7, 2018 3:19 pm (IST)

Vehicles were set ablaze and vandalised in a clash which broke at a polling booth at Subhash school in Sikar. Voting remained affected for 30 minutes, ANI reported. 

Dec 7, 2018 2:58 pm (IST)

According to a report in ABP News, clashes that broke out in Rajasthan's Sikar district between the Congress and the RLP, occurred in Fatehpur town. 

Dec 7, 2018 2:40 pm (IST)

Poll of Polls With News18 | Don't forget to log onto News18.com for exit polls this evening. Also, watch it live on CNN-News18 with psephologist Surjit Bhalla.

Dec 7, 2018 2:37 pm (IST)

Clashes broke out between workers of the Congress and Hanuman Beniwal's RLP in Sikar district. Security forces and the paramilitary rushed to the scene and brought situation under control, India Today reported. The cause of the clashes remains unclear. 

Dec 7, 2018 1:46 pm (IST)

Watch Out for Exit Polls at News18.com from 5 pm |  After voting ends for the last two states at 5 pm, News18.com will bring you its exit poll that will give you an insight into voters' views and polling trends in Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. You can also watch the exit polls live on CNN-News18 for our extensive broadcast coverage.

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Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 LIVE: Majority of Exit Polls Predict Congress Set to Sweep State

Congress leader Sachin Pilot also voted at a polling station in Jaipur even as technical glitches marred voting at several booths in Rajasthan.

Over 2,000 candidates are in the fray for 199 assembly seats as elections are set to determine whether the BJP bucks anti-incumbency and an increasingly aggressive opposition to return to power.

Votes will be cast at 51,687 polling booths, 259 of them managed exclusively by women officials and security personnel. It is a seen as a straight fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress for about 130 seats.

In other constituencies, groups like the Bahujan Samaj Party and rebels who are contesting against official party candidates may queer the pitch. Vasundhara Raje hopes to return as the state's chief minister.

If the Congress wins, it is expected to pick between former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state party president Sachin Pilot for the top post in the state. In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25.

Raje is contesting from Jhalrapatan constituency, considered her bastion. This time she face BJP veteran Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh who has defected to the Congress, complaining that his old party had hurt the pride of the Rajputs by ignoring his father in the last Lok Sabha election.

In Tonk, Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan Transport Minister and BJP candidate Yoonus Khan are face to face. Khan is the only Muslim candidate fielded by his party. Ashok Gehlot is fighting for the Sardarpura seat.

The polling caps a hard-fought campaign between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 12 major rallies and Congress president Rahul Gandhi nine in the state. Both sides fielded their top leaders in the campaign.

Telangana and Rajasthan are the last states to go to the polls in the current round of assembly elections, which also covered Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. The counting for all states is on December 11.

Election officials said 2,274 candidates are contesting in Rajasthan which has 4.74 crore registered voters. About 1.44 lakh security personnel have been deployed for polling day. The state assembly has 200 seats, but election in Alwar district's Ramgarh constituency has been put off due to the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.

More than two lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) and verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in the elections, chief electoral officer Anand Kumar said Thursday. He said it was for the first time that VVPAT machines are being used in Rajasthan.

The BJP has fielded candidates for all 199 seats and the Congress for 194. For the five remaining seats, the Congress is in alliance with other parties. The BSP fielded 190 candidates, the CPI (M) 28 and CPI 16.

Of the total 4,74, 37,761 registered voters, 2.27 crore are women and 20,20,156 are registered as first-time voters, Kumar told reporters. In the run-up to the polling, the Election Commission received 3,784 complaints related to violation of code of conduct. Of them, 3,098 were found true, he said. He said 13,182 booths are being called critical.

Micro observers will be deployed at 4,982 booths, videographers at 3,948 and there will be webcasting from 3,138. As many as 4,146 vulnerable villages have been identified. Central Reserve Police Force personnel will be stationed at 7,791 booths.

Nearly Rs 15 crore has been seized as unaccounted cash during the campaign period. Liquor worth Rs 25 crore, drugs worth Rs 7.48 crore, gold and silver worth Rs 6.88 crore and vehicles worth Rs 11.89 crore were also seized. Over 4,000 illegal arms were seized after the model code of conduct came into force last month. Rajasthan Director General of Police O P Galhotra said foolproof security arrangements are in place.
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