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Rajasthan polls: Turnout nearly 75%

Sunday, 1 December 2013 - 8:19pm IST | Agency: PTI

Amid sporadic violence, nearly 75% voters today exercised their franchise in Rajasthan Assembly polls to decide the fate of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his bete noire BJP's Vasundhra Raje among others.

The turnout was 74.38%, the highest-ever in the desert state, the Election Commission said. The fate of 2,087 candidates, including Gehlot and Raje, was sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines after the exercise which saw police firing in the air at a few places to restore calm.

A pick up was also set ablaze and reports of attempt to capture a booth and malfunctioning of EVMs were reported from some places, officials said. The voting was held for 199 out of 200 assembly seats up for grabs. Polling was adjourned in Churu constituency to December 13 following the death of BSP candidate Jagdish Meghwal.

Police fired in the air to disperse a group of persons trying to disturb polling at Saleempur in Dausa district, at Rein in Alwar and near Khumber-Deeg in Bharatpur, ADGP (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh told PTI. No one was injured and the polling went on smoothly at these places, he said. "No untoward incident was reported within 200 metres of polling booths in the entire state," the ADGP said.

A pick van was set ablaze by some persons at Fatehpur in Sikar district, the ADGP said. Some anti-socials tried to capture a booth in Rupwas area in Bharatpur district leading to suspension of the polling briefly. "After a brief interruption, the polling resumed," Bharatpur Collector Neeraj K Pawan said.

Gehlot, his wife, son and daughter-in-law cast votes at Vardhman Jain upper primary school in Mahamandir area in Jodhpur. Gehlot is trying his luck from his home turf Sardarpura in Jodhpur district and chief ministerial aspirant Raje from Jhalarapatan constituency in Jhalawar district. 

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