After high decibel campaign, Rajasthan, Telangana vote today: All you need to know

Police personnel march in front of the Hawa Mahal ahead of Rajasthan Assembly elections, in Jaipur. (Photo: PTI)

After a high-voltage campaign that saw a fierce war of words among the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and other regional parties, voting in two of the most crucial states, Telangana and Rajasthan, has started Friday.

What is likely to throw some light on how the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would turn out, these state elections will set the stage for the mega battle next year.

As soon as polling ends on Friday, media outlets, including India Today TV, will announce their respective exit poll results.


In Telangana, more than 1.50 lakh polling officials, including reserve staff were seen giving final touches on Thursday to make the election to the 119-member House a smooth affair.

Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the state, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations for the 119 stations.

High pitched campaigns by political heavyweights across party lines ended at 5 pm on Wednesday.

Additional DG (law and order) Jitender told PTI on Thursday that about one lakh police personnel, including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are engaged in poll duties.

A senior police official said security has been beefed up at bordering areas for the polling on Friday, which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions.

On Wednesday, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and several others criss-crossed the entire state to give that final push to the campaign before the state votes on Friday.

While KCR was without doubt the star campaigner for TRS, the Congress and the BJP fielded their bigwigs for campaigning which turned out to be a shrill one.

A massive TRS rally in Telangana’s Vemulawada on Wednesday. (Image: TRSParty/Twitter)

The BJP relied on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party president Amit Shah.

The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet.

It is to be seen if KCR’s gamble to opt for early elections pays off while the BJP and Congress have alleged that KCR feared loss if the elections were held simultaneously with the 2019 general elections.

The Congress has stitched the ‘Prajakutami’ (People’s Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI to take on the ruling TRS, led by KCR.

The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.

The BJP, which won five seats in alliance with the TDP in the last elections in 2014, said it ensured that there is a triangular fight in Telangana this time.

Polling will start at 7 am and end at 5 pm, while in 13 constituencies which were classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends one hour before (4 pm).

For the first time, Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.

As many as 1,821 candidates, including a transgender, are in the fray in the election.


Books To Be changed So ‘nobody Like Kanhaiya Kumar Is Born’: Rajasthan Minister

Books To Be Changed So 'No One Like Kanhaiya Kumar Is Born': Rajasthan Minister

JNU college students‘ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar become arrested on sedition fee over acontroversial event at the campus wherein anti-India slogans had been allegedly raised.
Junior training minister Vasudev Devnani become addressing country assembly
adjustments to inculcate feeling of patriotism in students, says Devnani
JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar become arrested on sedition expenses
A Rajasthan minister stated that primary modifications have been being made within the collegecurriculum which could encompass biographies of freedom combatants to make surenobody like Kanhaiya Kumar is born” inside the country.

“To inculcate the sensation of patriotism in students, fundamental changes are being made within thecurriculum,” Vasudev Devnani, Minister of nation for education (number one and secondary) stated within the assembly on Thursday.

“In view of the recent JNU incident, authorities universities have been asked to hoist the countrywide flagif you want to inculcate patriotism in students,” state better training Minister Kali Charan Saraf said.

Jawaharlal Nehru university (JNU) students‘ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar become arrested on seditionfees over a arguable occasion on the campus where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised. He becamelater released on bail.

Rajasthan Says Considering Online Registration of FIRs

Rajasthan Says Considering Online Registration of FIRs

Rajasthan government is considering online registration of FIRs and the facility would be started in one of the districts this year, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said.

Replying to a question on law and order in the assembly, Kataria said the government is also considering setting up of a team of IT experts on divisional level to investigate cybercrime related case.

“We are considering online FIR registration and this year we may start in any of the districts initially. On the basis of the result of the initiative, further decision (to expand the facility) would be taken,” he said, amid uproar by Opposition members on the issue of law and order situation of the state.

Kataria, in reply to a question asked by the ruling party MLA Banwari Lal Singhal, said the crime rate in 2015 had come down and there was a decrease of 5.8 percent in IPC related cases compared to the previous year which shows that the law and order in control of the present government.

When BJP MLA Singhal said the government has been able to control crime, Congress members including Shakuntala Rawat and Girraj Singh created uproar and alleged that complainants have to face problems in getting their FIRs registered in police station.

They said that the minister has presented the figures but the real situation is different.

Shakuntala Rawat, who represents Bansur (Alwar) constituency, said the law and order situation has “deteriorated” in Alwar with cases of rape, murder, loot common.

She alleged that two murders took place in five days in her constituency recently which indicates towards the grim situation.

As the pandemonium continued, Speaker Kailash Meghwal asked the Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi to tell the Opposition members to keep calm.

Meghwal said that he will give time to all those members who want to speak, but only under rules and regulation.

When the zero hour began, the Speaker listed the motion of adjournment and was giving his ruling but during this, NPP MLA Kirori Lal Meena raised an issue related with certificates of ST castes for which the Speaker did not allow him to speak.

Meena created uproar and also stormed to the well of the House two times along with his wife MLA Golma Devi to raise the issue.

After few minutes, the Speaker announced that he will not take up any issue of zero hour and adjourned the House till 2pm.

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