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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ex-Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje votes amid ruckus over power failure

Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s son and BJP candidate from Jhalawar-Baran Lok Sabha seat, Dushyant Singh, and his supporters created uproar over power failure at a polling booth in Jhalawar in the morning. Raje also spoke to the DEO about the issue.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 12:00 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times, Kota
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Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje with son and MP candidate Dushyant Singh and his wife after casting their vote, in Jhalawar, Rajasthan, on Monday, April 29. (HT Photo )

Former chief minister and national vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Vasundhara Raje, cast her vote at Topkhana government school in Jhalawar on Monday during the fourth phase of polling of the Lok Sabha elections. Her son and BJP candidate from Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary constituency, Dushyant Singh, and daughter-in-law Niharika Singh were also with her during voting.

Meanwhile, there were reports of malfunction of electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some places in Kota parliamentary constituency. Kota District Election Officer Muktanand Agarwal said 15 EVMs were replaced. In Jhalawar, District Election Officer Sidhartha Sihag said fewer than 10 EVMs reported technical glitch in the Jhalawar-Baran seat.

BJP MP from Kota parliamentary constituency, Om Birla, cast his vote with family at the polling station in Shastri Nagar, and Congress candidate Ramnarayan Meena cast his vote at Maharani Girls College in Bundi.

After the voting, Raje told reporters that BJP will win all seats in the state as people are looking forward to another term for Prime Minister Modi at the Centre.

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Earlier, Dushyant Singh and his supporters created uproar over power failure at a polling booth in Jhalawar in the morning. He complained to the DEO about it. Sub-divisional magistrate Mohanlal Pratihar came to the polling station because BJP workers began heckling him.

Vasundhara Raje also spoke to the DEO about the issue.

Sihag said that the issue of power failure was addressed within half an hour and polling resumed at the polling station.

There were some reports about people in villages in Pirawa and Khanpur regions of Jhalawar boycotting voting in the morning hours but the election department officials convinced them for voting later.

There was excitement in the voters since the polling began at 7am. Rahiman Bano, 100, came on a wheelchair to vote at the Vigyan Nagar polling booth. “I have been voting since Independence. I don’t want to miss this festival of democracy,” she said.

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First Published: Apr 30, 2019 11:46 IST