The turnout was 74.38 percent, the highest-ever in the desert state, Election Commission officials said. In 2003 assembly election, the turnout was 68.18 percent and in 2008, it was 66.49 percent, they said.

The fate of 2,087 candidates, including Gehlot and Raje, was sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines after the exercise which saw police firing in the air at a few places to restore calm.

A pick up van was also set ablaze and reports of attempt to capture a booth and malfunctioning of EVMs were reported from some places, officials said.

The voting was held for 199 out of 200 assembly seats up for grabs. Polling was adjourned in Churu constituency to December 13 following the death of BSP candidate Jagdish Meghwal.


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