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Rajasthan: Voting Begins for 199 Assembly Seats at 7 am Today

BJP Targets Congress on Women's Safety and Paper Leak Scam, Ashok Gehlot Asserts Congress's Return to Power.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
Rajasthan: Voting Begins for 199 Assembly Seats at 7 am Today

As Rajasthan braces for the assembly elections, scheduled for November 25, the political landscape is charged with anticipation. Out of the 200 constituencies, voting will be conducted in 199 between 7 am and 6 pm, with the subsequent vote count slated for December 3.

The incumbent Congress, grappling with anti-incumbency sentiments, is vying for another term in office. In contrast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leveraging the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its bid to unseat the current Ashok Gehlot-led government.

Adjournment in Sriganganagar’s Karanpur: The unfortunate demise of Congress candidate Gurmeet Singh Koonar has led to the adjournment of the election in Sriganganagar’s Karanpur constituency.

Massive Voter Turnout: A staggering 5,25,38,105 voters will decide the fate of 1,862 candidates. Notably, 1,70,99,334 voters fall in the 18-30 age group, with 22,61,008 new voters aged 18-19.

Key Contenders: From the Congress, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Govind Singh Dotasra, CP Joshi, and other prominent leaders are contesting. BJP’s lineup includes Rajendra Rathore, Satish Poonia, Vasundhara Raje, and several MPs.

Party Dynamics: The BJP, contesting on all seats, is challenging the Congress, which has left one seat, Bharatpur, for its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The RLD currently holds the Bharatpur seat.

Prominent Faces: Notable entries include former MP Jyoti Mirdha, who switched from Congress to BJP, and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal of Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), contesting in alliance with Aazad Samaj Party led by Chandrashekhar Azad.

Current Assembly Composition: The Congress holds 107 seats, BJP 70, with a mix of smaller parties and independents. Two seats (Udaipur and Karanpur) are currently vacant.

Unity Amidst Infighting: In response to PM Modi’s criticism of Congress infighting, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot showcased unity by sharing a video featuring Sachin Pilot, appealing to the public to vote for the Congress.

Key Issues: The BJP has raised concerns about violence against women, the paper leak scam, and farmers’ suicides, aiming to challenge the ruling Congress. Gehlot, in turn, is confident of the Congress returning to power and breaking the three-decade-old alternating government trend in the state.

Polling Arrangements: Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta highlighted that 36,101 polling stations, including 10,501 in urban and 41,006 in rural areas, have been set up. A substantial deployment of 1,02,290 security personnel ensures a secure and peaceful voting process.

As Rajasthan readies for this electoral spectacle, the outcome will significantly shape the state’s political trajectory.

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