Voting has always been stronger in rural pockets as compared with urban constituencies and this remained true on Sunday, when an average 70 per cent voting was seen in all rural constituencies of Jaipur.
However, an exception was seen in Bagru’s Ratlaya Village, Diggi Malpura, booth number 82 where 92.95% voting was registered, said BLO Bharat Raj Raigar. Though accounting for a mere 511 votes, 475 people stepped out to make their voice heard.
Call it SVEEP’s impact, the anti-incumbency wave or children’s presence at home urging their parents to go and vote, villagers could be seen reaching booths in tractors packed to capacity on Sunday.
Bagru: At the government school in Muhana market, the Election Commission had set up four polling booths (84, 85, 86 and 87). “There are a total of 4,414 voters in this area. Out of them, 3,399 voters (77%) exercised their franchise,” said Ramphool Gurjar, a BLO in Muhana.
Dudu: One of the most controversial constituencies considered to be a Congress stronghold, Dudu witnessed a huge voter turnout on Sunday. Once people had cast their ballot they could be seen urging others to vote as well. Interestingly, instead of youths, booths in Dudu saw a huge number of elderly voters and women folk. Maximum rush was seen till 1 pm after which the crowd dwindled.
Phulera: Despite fear of violence at booths in Narayana, Phulera and other areas, polling ended peacefully here. BSF teams patrolled the area and security was maintained at some sensitive booths where the administration and authorities feared occurrence of mishaps.
Amber: The sight at booths in Amber market, Kunda and Kukas was unparalleled as the voters’ line reached the national highway! About 30 per cent votes were cast in the first three hours of polling here; the tally stood at 70 per cent at the end of the day. Though security was tight at most booths, Amber market only had one police official standing guard by end of the voting period.
Jamwaramgarh: While Jamwaramgarh wore a deserted look, the polling booths were jam packed with voters. People’s determination to bring about a change shone clearly in the polling percentage which crossed the 70 per cent mark. Heavy deployment of BSF and the local police personnel ensured that voting remained peaceful.