Forty-six civil bodies, having six municipal corporations, will participate in municipal elections today in Rajasthan, the State Election Commission (RESC) official said yesterday. RESC Commissioner Ramlubhaya informed that Polling will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 1,680 wards of 46 municipal bodies in which 7,375 candidates are fighting. Navdeep Singh, Special Additional Director and General of Police (Law and Order) said that over 35,000 rendered personnel of state police, Rajasthan Armed Constabulary and Home Guards will be positioned to assure free and fair elections.
In elections, Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be used to record votes in the Polls and results will be declared on November 25. Later on the next day of result, Elections for Municipal Chairman and Mayors in six corporations will take place. Six municipal corporations including Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bharatpur and Udaipur, 18 municipal councils, and 22 municipalities will attend elections in circle of five years.
Approx. 63.09 lakh voters are registered to use their votes as ‘Brahmastra for corrupt leaders’ at 6,135 polling booths in 1,680 wards. Candidates have been chosen in almost every ward from both the National Parties, BJP and Congress. Ten candidates of the ruling BJP and six of the opposition party Congress were selected unopposed in civic elections due to withdrawal of their nominations from Municipal Corporation elections on November 15, 2014
Congress will repeat the same strategy which they followed during last elections. They will not depend upon star nominees but will concentrate on micro-level campaigning. For this, a team of observers has been made to choose candidates. On other side, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has approved Rs. 87 crores for growth of various urban areas under different civic bodies during their campaign strategy. They are also putting stress on the funds provided by the state government to various civic bodies.
What are the Possibilities?
Initial ground reports suggest that Congress and BJP will have a close fight during these elections. Pre-poll survey reports suggest that the BJP will marginally take lead over Congress; BJP may get 46.82 percent of votes while INC may acquire 45.08 percent of votes. Other (including regional parties, national parties, and Independents) may garner 8.10 percent of votes. According to beliefs of Political analysts, ‘Others’ may turn a deciding component during the shaping of different civic bodies.
Tecake team requests all the voters to get out of their comfort zone and vote for their leader as it is the most decisive factor in the elections. Every vote counts and it will help making a better government.