Rajasthan Election: 20% voter turnout till noon

Rajasthan assembly election 2013 recorded 20% voting till Noon, , the state election commission said. The casting of votes at 47,223 polling stations across the state will begin at 8 am and over 4.08 crore electors, including 1.92 crore women would exercise their franchise amid tight security, a Chief Election Office's advisor (PR) said. Polling began at 8 am, and by noon 18-20 percent of the over 40 million electorate had exercised their franchise, officials said in Jaipur. "The polling is peaceful and is expected to pick up during the day," an Election Commission official said. In 2008, Rajasthan recorded 66.25 percent of voting. The Congress came to power then.
The Congress and the BJP are contesting in all the seats while the National Peoples Party (NPP) has put up candidates in 150 and the Bahujan Samaj Party in over 100 seats. The state is witnessing a keen tussle between the BJP, which is determined to return to power, and the Congress, which is hoping for a second straight win. In the outgoing house, the Congress held 102 seats and the BJP 79. Gehlot along with his wife Sunita, son Vaibhav and daughter-in-law in law Himanshi cast their votes at Vardhman Jain upper primary school in Mahamandir area of Jodhpur.

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