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Rajasthan set for polling in a bipolar contest between BJP and Congress

File photo: Electronic voting machine. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2018, 06.38 PM (IST)

All arrangements related to voting and security have been put in place for Assembly elections in Rajasthan as the state goes to polls on Friday, December 7.

A high-decibel campaign that witnessed several of election rallies and road shows across Rajasthan ended on Wednesday evening.

Political pundits say that the battle for the Rajasthan assembly elections to be held on Friday is a close contest between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress.

Voting will take place from 8 am to 5 pm on December 7 in 199 constituencies. 

52,000 polling booths, including at least one all-women booth in each constituency, have been set up.

A total of around 4.77 crore voters will exercise their right to vote to decide the fortune of 2,274 candidates who are in the fray.

The campaigning in the largest state was highly occupied with the farmer issues, corruption, and the youth.

The campaign also raised issues related to Hindutva, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi sparred over ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans, and there was a row over the caste of Lord Hanuman.

Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several other Union ministers campaigned in the state, which the Bharatiya Janata Party is fighting to retain.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also crisscrossed the state, travelling by road and by air and addressing at least five meetings a day.

The Congress fielded Rahul Gandhi, party’s state unit chief Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot in the campaign for the closely contested elections.

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati also campaigned in the state. The contest is mainly between the BJP and the Congress candidates in about 130 seats.

About 50 other seats will see contests in which rebel candidates from both major parties are in the fray, refusing to step down in favour of the official nominees.

Counting will take place on December 11.

(With inputs from agencies)