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Over 60 pc polling recorded in Rajasthan civic polls


Jaipur, Nov 22 (PTI) Polling in 46 civil bodies including six municipal corporation in Rajasthan ended at 6 PM today with registering over 60 per cent voter turn out.

Barring a few incidents in Bikaner, Churu and Jhunjhunu, the polling remained peaceful.

An official of the state election commission informed that 60.72 per cent voters had cast their votes till 5 PM.

Final figure of the turn out is being awaited at the commission’s control room.

Police had to use mild force to disperse mob outside a polling station in Bikaner where a BJP candidate consumed thinner in place of water, which was given to him by someone inside the polling booth.

“BJP candidate Girraj Joshi was given thinner in place of water in a polling booth which made his health bad, irking his supporters.

“When police was taking nearly a dozen persons from opposition party from there, their supporters (opposition) pelted stones at the police prompting us to use mild force to control the situation,” SP Bikaner Santosh Chalke said.

The situation was brought under control but it affected polling for some time.

“We have detained six persons in connection with the stone pelting. The BJP candidate is in hospital and being treated,” he added.

Minor incidents of scuffle were also reported in Churu and Jhunjhunu district.

“Barring minor incidents, the polling was peaceful,” a senior police officer said.

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