Despite pleasant weather in Jaipur, voters’ turnout was slow in the early hour but picked up later.
Amid more than 50% polling reported in Rajasthan, there was one village that did not vote on Thursday.
Voting trends in Barmer show a pitched battle between the BJP and its rebel candidate Jaswant Singh, as Baytoo and Sheo, strongholds of BJP candidate Sonaram and Singh respectively, touched a voting percentage as high as 77% mark.
Thanks to the voter awareness campaign undertaken by the election commission official, hundreds of woman voters in a village of Jalore district of Jodhpur region exercised their franchise for the first time after independence, on Thursday.
While the political leaders kept instilling in the people the importance of voting, over a dozen candidates failed to cast their votes on Thursday.
Breaking record of voter turnout in Lok Sabha polls, Rajasthan today in the first phase of voting in 20 LS seats recorded 63.43 per cent polling - an increase of 15 per cent from 2009 parliamentary elections.
The high-voltage poll battle will on Thursday reach Rajasthan where voters are set to decide the fate of 239 candidates in the month-long Lok Sabha elections.
The betting market of Rajasthan seems to be on overdrive before the onset of polls.
Various organisations in the state have taken measures to increase voters’ participation in the Lok Sabha elections.
With just 24 hours left for the state to go before polls, Lok Sabha candidates of both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Part (BJP) in Rajasthan are busy holding party workers’ meetings and ensuring effective booth management.
Union minister and sitting MP of Jodhpur Chandresh Kumari might not get active support from her brother and erstwhile ruler of Marwar Gaj Singh this time, as the royal palace has not indicated anything that lends support to her till now.
The Rajasthan royals’ romance with politics dates back to 1951 when the former Maharaja of Jodhpur, Hanwant Singh formed a political outfit, a union of independent candidates, and contested the elections. With his election office in Mehrangarh Fort and camel as the party symbol, Singh told the masses, "Main thansu door nahin (I am not far from you).”
The facebook page of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) in last 15 days has become so popular through fake ‘likes’ that it will break the record of earlier fake ‘likes’ of Ashok Gehlot, alleged BJP.
Vote for Modi — a slogan that can be heard from all corners of India. And when it comes to poll related issues, a majority of candidates and senior party leaders of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are trapped in the 'Modi' mania. While all the BJP candidates and senior leaders, including chief minister Vasundhara Raje, are seeking votes on the name of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress candidates and leaders are dissuading people from being carried away by the Modi wave.
A 77-year-old former fauji is traversing the deserts of the largest parliamentary constituency — Barmer — in the scorching heat of 42 degree Celsius. The fauji — Jaswant Singh Jasol — a former BJP member, who held important portfolios in the NDA government at the Centre, is not daring the heat and the dust of the cruel summer here just to enter Parliament for “one last time”. It’s a huge prestige issue between him and chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who belongs to the Scindia clan.