Nearly 40% polling in Rajasthan Assembly polls

Nearly 40% polling in Rajasthan Assembly polls

Jaipur: Inter-caste violence and clashes between Congress and BJP supporters marred polling for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly today as nearly 40% of 3.62 crore electorate exercised their right to franchise till after midday amidst tight security.

A supporter of former Minister and expelled BJP leader K L Meena allegedly opened fire at a group of Gujjar voters who were on their way to a polling booth near Balghat in Todabheem constituency, Home Department sources said here.

One person suffered bullet injuries, they said.

Caste rivalry was suspected to be the reason for the violence, they said. A police team was sent to arrest the culprit identified as Holasingh Meena, the sources added.

In another incident, members of a Scheduled Caste community laid a siege at police station in Mahua area in Bharatpur division claiming they were not allowed to cast their ballot by people belonging to an “influential" caste, they said.

A police party escorted hundreds of the protesting members to the polling booth, the sources said.

In Degana constituency, two groups of ruling BJP and the opposition Congress clashed at a polling station in which five persons were injured, they said.

Six persons were injured in a similar clash at Nedach village in Nathdwara Assembly constituency of Rajsamand district late last night, the police said.

Barring a few problems in EVMs in civil lines area here and in Jodhpur city, polling was undergoing smoothly, an official spokesman said. Tight security measures have been taken in all 42,212 polling booths.

The one-day polling will decide the fate of a total of 2,194 candidates including Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje (Jhalara Patan) and Congress leader and ex-CM Ashok Gehlot (Sardarpura). A 68% turnout was registered in the 2003 Assembly polls.