Rajasthan, Telangana assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Election officials leave for polling stations after collecting EVMs ahead of Rajasthan polls on Thursday. (Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras)
After a high-decibel election campaign, voting is underway in Rajasthan and Telangana Friday. Voting for 119 constituencies in Telangana began at 7 am, while it will start at 8 am for 199 out of 200 seats in Rajasthan. Voting in Alwar district’s Ramgarh constituency has been postponed due to the death of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Laxman Singh.
In Rajasthan, over 4.75 crore people will cast their vote and over 2,000 candidates are in the fray for 199 assembly seats. Voting will be held at 51,687 polling booths, 259 of them managed exclusively by women officials and security personnel. The polling will determine whether the BJP bucks anti-incumbency and an increasingly aggressive Opposition to return to power. In Telangana, meanwhile, over 2.8 crore voters, 1.41 crore men and 1.39 crore women including 7.04 lakh voters under the age of 20, will exercise their franchise in 32,815 polling stations. About 1 lakh police personnel, including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are on poll duty in the state.