The desert state of Rajasthan has registered a record voting in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election 2019. The voter turnout across 28,182 polling stations was 68.22% on Monday, which is 3.95% higher than in 2014.
On Monday, 13 out of 25 parliamentary constituencies went on polls. The biggest battle was seen in Jodhpur as Vaibhav Gehlot of Congress and BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat locked horns. In Jodhpur, voter turnout crossed 67%, 5% higher than 2014.
In the morning, one hour into polling, the voter turnout was at 13% in the state. It rose to 29% by 11 am. Among the prominent voters were Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who voted with his wife Sunita and son Vaibhav. Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje voted with her son Dushyant Singh and daughter-in-law Niharika Singh.
In Jhalawar, polling booths experienced power cut for hours. The issue was raised by Dushyant who alleged that the state administration had deliberately wanted to reduce the polling percentage in the district. Acting on it, District Collector Sidharth Sihag addressed the power failure in the area.
Amid voting in Rajasthan, around 30 complaints of EVM glitches were recorded in the early hours of voting, including in Pali, Deoli, Bhinai, and Chohatan in Barmer district.
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore expressed confidence after seeing the record voting percentage in the state. While campaigning in Jaipur rural, he said, “People want to bring back Narendra Modi as prime minister.”
The polling took place from 7 am to 6 pm in 13 of total 25 constituencies amid tight security arrangements.
Remaining 12 constituencies- Alwar, Bikaner, Churu, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Jaipur Rural, Dausa, Karauli-Dholpur, Nagaur, and Sriganganagar will go on polls on May 6. Nationwide results on Lok Sabha election 2019 will come out on May 23.