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Assembly polls Highlights: Over 72% turnout recorded in Rajasthan, 67% in Telangana

Rajasthan, Telangana Assembly Election 2018 Voting Highlights: Voting for 119 constituencies in Telangana began at 7 am, while it started at 8 am for 199 out of 200 seats in Rajasthan.

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Rajasthan, Telangana Election 2018 LIVE: Voters show their identity cards as they stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their vote for the state Assembly elections, in Ajmer, Friday. (PTI Photo)

Rajasthan, Telangana Assembly Election 2018 Highlights: After a high-decibel election campaign, voting has concluded for Rajasthan and Telangana. A turnout of 72.7% was recorded Rajasthan and 67 per cent in Telangana. Voting for 119 constituencies in Telangana began at 7 am, while it started at 8 am for 199 out of 200 seats in Rajasthan. Voting in Alwar district’s Ramgarh constituency has been postponed due to the death of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Laxman Singh.

In Rajasthan, over 4.75 crore people cast their vote and over 2,000 candidates are in the fray for 199 assembly seats. Voting was held at 51,687 polling booths, 259 of them managed exclusively by women officials and security personnel. The polling will determine whether the BJP bucks anti-incumbency and an increasingly aggressive Opposition to return to power.

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In Telangana, meanwhile, over 2.8 crore voters, 1.41 crore men and 1.39 crore women including 7.04 lakh voters under the age of 20, exercised their franchise in 32,815 polling stations. About 1 lakh police personnel, including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states were on poll duty in the state.

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Polling peaceful in 13 sensitive Telangana constituencies in Maoist-hit areas

Polling passed off peacefully Friday in 13 Telangana assembly constituencies identified as sensitive in view of proximity to Maoist affected areas bordering Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, police said.

Police said they arrested a cadre of banned CPI-Maoists in Bhadradri Kothagudem District and seized two pipe bombs, thwarting attempts to carry out attacks through its "action teams".

"The polling process in 13 constituencies out of the 119 assembly segments identified sensitive to Left wing extremism wasconducted in peaceful manner," Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) was quoted as saying by PTI 

Voting still underway in Telangana, turnout recorded at 67% till 6 pm

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Voting concludes for Rajasthan

Rajasthan: Exit polls predict a clear win for Congress

Even as voting is yet to be ended in Rajasthan, Exit polls already presict a win for Congress.  Follow Exit poll LIVE 

Rajasthan: 72.7% voting till 5 PM

As voting nears end in Rajasthan, a turnout of 72.7% was recorded till 5 PM.   Polling was set to end at 5 pm but officials said those already in the queue at the booths by then were being allowed to vote.

The results will be out on December 11, along with those from the other four states which saw Assembly elections in the past few weeks. Raje, who is the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, is fighting 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.

In about 130 constituencies, the contest appears to be mainly between the BJP and the Congress. In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25.

All-woman polling booths evoke mixed response in Rajasthan

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.

KCR confident on winning back in Telangana

TRS supremo and caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao exuded confidence that his party would come back to power in Telangana with a "huge majority.

"AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, "I am fully confident that we will be successful in every seat. I hope the people of Hyderabad, people of Telangana will vote for us." His party has fielded candidates in eight constituencies and is supporting the TRS in other segments.

The Congress has stitched together "Praja Kutami" (People's Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) to take on the ruling TRS, which is seeking a second term in office. The TRS is going it alone in the polls, so is the BJP.

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Telangana Congress Chief Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that his party candidate in Kalwakurthy Assembly segment, Vamsichand Reddy, was attacked by BJP cadre in Amangal where he had gone to observe the poll pattern. However, the BJP's chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao denied the allegation saying the Congress was "playing victim games sensing disastrous defeat." Chief Electoral Officer Kumar said the district electoral officer was inquiring into the matter. 

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Mood of voters in Rajasthan

"Candidates seek votes, they win but do not address our long-pending demand of a proper approach road to the village. We have largely decided to boycott polling," Gendalal Kushwah, a local, said.

"There must be peace and prosperity in the country," the 96-year-old said as her wrinkled face gleamed with a smile when asked what encouraged her to vote.

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.

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Sachin Pilot after voting

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. This is a maiden assembly election for Pilot, a two-time MP who is seen as a chief ministerial possibility if the Congress wins. He has represented Dausa and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies in the past.

56.17% voter turnout recorded in Telangana till 3 pm

Voter turnout recorded till 3 PM in Telangana is 56.17  per cent.

Nearly 60 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in Rajasthan

With two hours still to go before the end of polling, nearly 60 percentage of the votes had been cast in Rajasthan by 3 pm, according to the Election Commission website. The witnessed brisk polling in the assembly elections Friday. The election in Ramgarh constituency of Alwar district was put off following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh. 

K Chandrasekhar Rao casts his vote

Congress candidate from Kalwakurthy, Mahbubnagar was allegedly attacked by unknown miscreants

49.15 voter turnout recorded in Telangana till 1 pm

Voter turnout recorded till 1 PM in Telangana is 49.15 per cent.

42% turnout recorded in Rajasthan till 1 pm

Polling was going on at a brisk pace in Rajasthan Friday where nearly 42 per cent of the over 4.74 crore voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm. The polling began at 8 am and the voting percentage till 1 pm was 41.37 per cent, according to the Election Commission's website. A senior police officer said polling was going on peacefully and elaborate security arrangements are in place.

Telangana BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya cast his vote in Hyderabad

Telangana BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya cast his vote at booth no.229 in Ramnagar of Musheerabad constituency in Hyderabad on Friday.

Voting underway in Rajasthan

Sania Mirza cast her vote in Hyderabad

Tennis player Sania Mirza cast her vote at Film Nagar Cultural Center in Hyderabad.

23.4 per cent voter turnout in Telangana till 11 am

Voter turnout recorded till 11.00 am in Telangana is 23.4 per cent.

Rajasthan voting: 105-year-old woman cast her vote in Kishanpura

Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal stands in queue to cast his vote

21.89% voter turnout recorded till 11 am in Rajasthan

Voter turnout recorded till 11.00 am in Rajasthan Elections 2018 is 21.89 per cent.

Ruckus at polling booth no. 253 and 254 in Ahor

Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Voters create ruckus at polling booth no. 253 and 254 in Ahor constituency of Jalore as voting has been halted following EVM malfunction.

IN Rajasthan, the contest is mainly between BJP and Congress

In about 130 constituencies, the contest appears to be mainly between the BJP and the Congress. In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25. Discus gold medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Krishna Poonia is the Congress candidate in Sadulpur. Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal is a concern for both the parties. He founded the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party and has fielded 58 candidates. The main BJP rebels include four ministers — Surendra Goyal (Jaitaran), Hem Singh Bhadana (Thanagaji), Dhan Singh Rawat (Banswara), Rajkumar Rinwa (Ratangarh). BJP MLAs Navnit Lal Ninama (Dungarpur), Kishnaram Nai (Shri Dungargarh) and Anita Katara (Sagwara) have also defied the party.

Who is fighting from which seat in Rajasthan?

Vasundhara Raje, who is the BJP's chief ministerial candidate, is fighting 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 Bharatiya Janata Party (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.

Ashok Gehlot, who is also seen as a chief ministerial candidate for the Congress, is contesting from Sardarpura, a constituency he now represents.Gehlot has been the Rajasthan chief minister twice.

More about Rajasthan Assembly elections

In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje (Jhalrapatan), Congress state president Sachin Pilot (Tonk), former chief minister Ashok Gehlot (Sardarpura) are among the 2,274 candidates in the fray. 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 the other four states which saw Assembly elections in the past few weeks. The outcome of the elections in Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram is expected to set the tone for the Lok Sabha contest next year.

EVM being replaced at a booth in Bikaner due to technical issue

EVM is being replaced at polling booth no. 172 in Bikaner's Kisamidesar following a technical issue.

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Huge sums of unaccounted cash and illegal liquor were seized since MCC came into effect

Huge sums of unaccounted cash and illegal liquor and other goods were seized since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on September 27. The total seizures stood at nearly Rs 135 crore, including unaccounted cash, illegal liquor and other goods, Kumar said Thursday, adding that the total seizures were 90 per cent more than that of the 2014 polls.

Telangana: 446 flying squads were in operation to check on any irregularity

Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar Thursday said as many as 446 flying squads were in operation in the state to swing into action if any irregularity was reported and 448 static surveillance teams would also keep a watch on the situation. They would wait in the wings to take action, he said. Besides, 224 video-surveillance teams and 133 video-viewing teams were pressed into service. There were 126 assistant expenditure observers and 123 accounting teams. For the first time, the Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.

What the leaders said while campaigning?

Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday the Congress-led alliance is confident of winning the elections "hands-down" and claimed that the KCR was showing "signs of nervousness and insecurity" in recent campaign rallies he addressed. The BJP, which won five seats in alliance with the TDP in the last elections in 2014, said it ensured that there is a triangular fight in Telangana this time.

TRS, Congress, BJP, campaigned extensively in Telangana

The Assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved prematurely on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet. It is to be seen if TRS president and Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's gamble to opt for early elections pays off. While KCR was the star campaigner for TRS, the Congress and the BJP fielded their bigwigs for campaigning which turned out to be a shrill one. For the Congress, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party President Rahul Gandhi addressed election rallies. The BJP relied on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party president Amit Shah. Rahul Gandhi also addressed joint meetings with TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. "We will win 100 seats," Rao repeatedly said in campaign meetings.

1 lakh security personnel engaged in poll duties in Telangana

Additional DG ( Law and order) Jitender Thursday told PTI that about one lakh security personnel, including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states, are engaged in poll duties. A senior police official said security was beefed up at bordering areas which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions.

Telangana assembly elections: TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar had said those in queues at polling stations before 5 pm will be allowed to vote. Telangana leaders Kadiyam Srihari, Harihs Rao, Pocharama Srinivas Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Jagadish Reddy were among those who cast their vote. Former Union Minister Chiranjeevi and cine actors Nagarjuna cast their vote in Jubilee Hills in the city. After casting his vote, Harish Rao said he expected the overall poll percentage to go up given the indication.

The Congress has stitched together Praja Kutami (Peoples Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) to take on the ruling TRS, led by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.

Around 9% voter turnout recorded in first 2 hours in Telangana

Nearly nine per cent of over 2.80 crore voters of Telangana exercised their franchise during the first two hours of polling on Friday. Legislative Assembly elections are being held for the first time in Telangana after its formation as the 2014 Assembly polls were held in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Polling was underway in the 119 Assembly constituencies in the state amid elaborate arrangements.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot cast his vote in Jodhpur

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot cast his vote at polling booth no. 106 in Jodhpur.

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Rajasthan, Telangana Election 2018 LIVE: Polling officers check election materials before taking it to their polling stations in Hyderabad. (AP photo)

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. In Rajasthan, 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. 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.

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In Telangana, Congress-led alliance is challenging the ruling TRS, and the BJP seeking to make it a triangular contest. Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 pm Wednesday. "About 1 lakh police personnel including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are engaged in poll duties," PTI quoted Additional DG ( Law and order) Jitender as saying. The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet. It is to be seen if KCR's gamble to opt for early elections pays off.

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