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Campaigning in Rajasthan ends, polling on Saturday | Elections News

The high-pitch electoral campaign in Rajasthan for the November 25 Assembly elections came to an end at 6 pm Wednesday.

While the ruling Congress party led with its welfare schemes, policies and guarantees under the Ashok Gehlot government, BJP is banking on polarisation and led with accusations of appeasement politics, Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal murder and riots under Gehlot government, invitations to Ram temple, as well as the issues of law and order, crimes against women, corruption and paper leaks.

Rajasthan has a total of 200 Assembly seats but polling will be held in 199 seats as the Congress candidate from Ganganagar’s Karanpur seat Gurmeet Singh Konoor passed away. As per the Election Commission officials, there are 5,26,90,146 voters in 199 constituencies. The voting will be carried out through as many as 2.74 lakh workers, 6,247 sector officials as well as over 1.02 lakh security personnel.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Gehlot and others held a series of election meetings while Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the election campaign for the BJP and held multiple meetings, including road shows in Bikaner and Jaipur.

After addressing a press conference in Jaipur on Thursday morning, CM Gehlot reached his constituency Jodhpur and held multiple ‘Congress guarantee rallies’, with the last one being at Dhan Mandi in Mahamandir, his birthplace.

Festive offer

BJP president JP Nadda, Union ministers Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Rajnath Singh, and chief ministers Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam), Eknath Shinde (Maharashtra) among others also addressed public meetings in various constituencies across the state.

PM Modi addressed his last poll rally in the state at Deogarh in Rajsamand district’s Bheem constituency, while Home Minister Amit Shah held a road show in Chittorgarh’s Nimbaheda and Rajsamand’s Nathdwara on Thursday.

Polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday and results will be declared on December 3.

According to the regulations, there will be no election-related public meeting or procession or campaigning on television.

Chief electoral officer Praveen Gupta said if any person violates the provisions, he or she will be punished with imprisonment of up to two years or fine or both. The Election Commission has directed that any political person who is not a voter or candidate of that constituency or is not an MP or MLA cannot stay in that constituency after the election campaign is over.

— With PTI inputs

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