HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014


Polling percentage breaks previous records in Rajasthan


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.

Tough fight between BJP and Jaswant in Barmer

Barmer voters

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.

Rain, hailstorm fail to dampen spirit of Jaipur voters
Rain, hailstorm fail to dampen spirit of Jaipur voters

Despite pleasant weather in Jaipur, voters’ turnout was slow in the early hour but picked up later.

Jalore village women vote for first time

Women voters
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.

Odds favour BJP, Cong nowhere, say bookies

The betting market of Rajasthan seems to be on overdrive before the onset of polls.

Day ends on a hectic note for candidates

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.

Modi mania in Rajasthan pushes real issues to the backseat

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.

Chandresh Kumari still waiting for ‘royal’ support

Chandresh Kumari
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.

Pink City acquires saffron hue as Raje roadshow takes over

Vasundhara Raje
The Pink City of Jaipur turned saffron on Monday once Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje arrived in a show of support to BJP candidate from Jaipur Lok Sabha seat Ramcharan Bohra.

Power hungry Modi behind BJP big spend: Anand Sharma

 Union minister Anand Sharma on Friday launched a scathing attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, calling him arrogant.
“Modi is arrogant and has hatred written on his face. His thoughts and words do not reflect politeness. His only aim is to grab power at any cost,” alleged Sharma

Over a dozen candidates in Rajasthan fail to cast their votes

Missed votes
While the political leaders kept instilling in the people the importance of voting, over a dozen candidates failed to cast their votes on Thursday.

Villagers boycott poll exercise in Rajasthan

Amid more than 50% polling reported in Rajasthan, there was one village that did not vote on Thursday.

Raje misusing govt machinery to rig polls: Jaswant to EC

Independent candidate Jaswant Singh has submitted a complaint to the Election Commission of India accusing chief minister Vasundhara Raje of misusing the government machinery to rig polling in Barmer parliamentary constituency.

D-Day for Rajasthan Cong, BJP

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.

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voting awareness
Various organisations in the state have taken measures to increase voters’ participation in the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP accuses Rajasthan Congress of buying FB ‘likes’

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.

Rajasthan royals’ affair with politics began 63 years ago

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).”
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