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Vote count starts in 199 assembly seats in Rajasthan

Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 8:42am IST Updated: Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 8:44am IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: IANS

Counting of votes for 199 of the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan started on Sunday, the Election Commission said.

Polling will take place in Churu December 13 due to the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.

Watched by officials and representatives of the candidates, the counting progressed rapidly in 37 centers across the state. Most results are expected by late afternoon, officials said.

A total of 2,087 candidates contested in Rajasthan, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) confident of ousting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of the Congress.

Over 75 % of some 40 million people voted December 1 to elect a new government.

The Congress and the BJP contested all the seats while the National People's Party (NPP), led by Meena community leader Kirori Lal Meena, put up candidates in 150 seats and the BSP in over 100.

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