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Over 60% polling in Rajasthan bypolls, results on February 1

Alwar Lok Sabha recorded 62.08% voting, Ajmer had 65.35% polling and Mandalgarh 78.81%.

jaipur Updated: Jan 29, 2018 22:22 IST
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There were 39,02,168 voters in the three constituencies.(HT Photo)

The three bypolls witnessed high turnout with Ajmer and Alwar crossing 60% mark and Mandalgarh assembly constituency crossing 75% on Monday.

Alwar Lok Sabha recorded 62.08% voting, Ajmer had 65.35% polling and Mandalgarh 78.81%

The elections, which covered 17 assembly constituencies, passed peacefully. However, minor tiffs and news of EVM malfunction were reported from some areas.

Congress and BJP supporters exchanged heated words at a polling station in Ramnagar area in Ajmer North constituency after Congress supporters asked education minister Vasudev Devnani to leave the polling booth charging him with violating the poll conduct.

Women in Ajmer walk towards the polling booth on Monday. ( HT Photo )

According to sources, Congress supporters stopped Devnani from giving an interview to a news channel soon after he came out of the booth after casting his vote. “He was giving an interview to a news channel inside the polling booth, clearly violating the poll conduct,” alleged Vipin Baisil district Congress general secretary. “Some of the BJP supporters, including party’s district secretary Tulsi Soni, tried to manhandled our people,” he alleged.

However, Devnani denied giving any interview inside the polling station, “I just told the media people that BJP will win when they asked me a question about the party’s prospect. I did not say an additional word.”

The officer on special duty in election department, HS Goyal said, “No major law and order issue has been reported and the poll process went off peacefully. There were 8-10 complaints of EVM malfunctioning, which were replaced.”

In fray are 42 candidates, comprising Jaswant Singh Yadav (BJP) and Karan Singh Yadav (Congress) from Alwar; Raghu Sharma (Congress) and Ram Swaroop Lamba (BJP) from Ajmer; and Shakti Singh Hada (BJP) and Vivek Dhakad (Congress) in Mandalgarh.

In Alwar, voting was boycotted in Googlekota and Lamajpur village of Alwar district, where villagers were unhappy over land acquisition for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

A similar incident was reported from the Mandalgarh assembly constituency, where voters in ward 10 and 11 boycotted the polls as they were angry over the lack of development.

Education minister Vasudev Devnani had a heated argument with Congress supporters in Ajmer on Monday. ( HT Photo )

Alwar, district electoral officer Rajan Vishal said, “In the beginning, some reports came in about technical issues in VVPAT machines but the problem was resolved as engineers and master trainers were deputed in every constituency. Some machines were also replaced.”

In Ajmer, EVM snag was reported from some polling booths in Kishangarh and Ajmer South constituency, which delayed the polling process. Complaints of proxy voting were also reported in Ramganj area. “When I reached polling booth number 51 in Ramganj area, I was told that my vote had been cast,” alleged Deepak Gupta, a local.

Many voters at several polling stations also complained that they could not cast their votes despite having an election slip. “After reaching the polling station, I was told that my name was not there in the voter’s list,” said another voter at Vaishali Nagar area. Similar incidents were reported at several other booths in Kishangarh, Kekari, and Pushkar.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 22:22 IST