New Delhi: Polling in the states of Rajasthan and Telangana on Friday saw a high voter turnout at 72.6% and 67%, respectively, the Election Commission (EC) said. However, both figures are likely to go up as final figures are yet to come in.

Voting for the 200-member Rajasthan assembly and 119-member Telangana assembly was held on Friday. These elections, coming ahead of the 2019 general elections, are being seen to have key stakes for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

Counting for the two states will be held with the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram on 11 December.

“I would like to thank the electorate of Rajasthan for turning up in large numbers. The turnout at 5pm was 72.6% and is likely to go up. In the 2014 general elections, the turnout was 63.02% while in the 2013 assembly elections the turnout was 75.23%. Polling is still going on and the number is likely to go up," deputy election commissioner, Sandeep Saxena said while addressing a press conference in Delhi.

In Rajasthan, there is a direct contest between the BJP and Congress. The BJP, which came to power in 2013 after winning 163 seats, is banking on development in its election campaign. The state has had a trend of changing governments every five years since 1993. This election saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hold more than 10 public meetings in the state. The Congress is trying to corner the BJP on issues of unemployment, farm distress and anti-incumbency against chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

There are approximately 2,274 candidates, including 189 women, in the fray for 199 out of the 200 assembly constituencies in the state. Rajasthan has an electorate of 4.77 crore.

Voting is being held in 199 seats in Rajasthan after election in Alwar’s Ramgarh district was postponed due to the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party’s candidate.

In the 2014 assembly elections, Telangana saw a voter turnout of 69.5%. Polling in Telangana saw complaints of missing voters’ names. The commission is looking into the complaints.

“There have been complaints of names missing in Telangana. The commission will undertake an exercise after the voting process is finished. Points have been flagged in the commission and necessary steps will be taken. An inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken," said Umesh Sinha, deputy election commissioner.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which won the previous 2014 elections, hopes to come back to power. The party won 63 seats in 2014, and expects to win close to 100 of the 119 seats.

However, the Congress-led grand alliance comprising the Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India and Telangana Jana Samithi, are expected to give TRS supremo and caretaker chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao a tough fight. The election is also a do-or-die situation for the TDP, which might be wiped out of the state if it fails to win at least some of the 13 seats it is contesting. The Congress is also looking to return to power after it lost in 2014.

An electorate of over 2.80 crore is eligible to exercise its franchise in the state, which has over 1,800 candidates contesting elections.

Telangana saw cash seizure of 115.19 crore and the value of total seizures was 136.89 crore. Rajasthan saw a total cash seizure of 12.85 crore. Liquor worth 39.39 crore and drugs worth 14.58 crore were seized from the state.

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