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Rajasthan Panchayat Polls Held Successfully – I, II and III Phase

Village communities have been in existence in India for over centuries and Panchayats have been part of these communities since then. Evidence suggests that during the time of the Rig Veda (1200 BC)  self-governing village bodies called sabhas existed.

With the passage of time, these bodies evolved into Panchayats (council of five persons). These bodies were functional institutions of grassroots governance in almost every village. The village panchayat or elected council had large powers, both executive and judicial.

Panchayati Raj is basically a system of governance in which gram panchayats are the basic units of administration. It has 3 levels: village, block and district. At the village level, it is called a Panchayat. It is a local body working for the good of the village. The number of members usually ranges from 7 to 31; occasionally, groups are larger, but they never have fewer than 7 members.

The block-level institution is called the Panchayat Samiti. The district-level institution is called the Zilla Parishad.

Powers to Panchayati Raj Institutions

The ruling Congress in Rajasthan has promised to devolve substantial powers to the Panchayati Raj institutions in the state.

All round development of villages, granting funds to panchayats and imparting more functional powers would be the first priority of the Congress government in Rajasthan.

Panchayati Raj Polls – I Phase

The first phase of Panchayati Raj polls in Rajasthan to elect 390 members of Zila Parishad and 1,915 members of Panchayat Samiti was held on 20 January. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used to conduct the polls .

Panchayati Raj Polls – II & III Phase

The second phase of polls were held on January 29, and today February 2 the III phase was conducted.

There are total of 1013 members in 33 Zila Parishads (district level) and 5273 members in 248 Panchayat Samitis.

Nearly 1.34 lakh police personnel were deployed to conduct free and fair elections.

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Six Young Congress Leaders and Seventeen New Comers as Member of Parliament from Rajasthan

In this year Lok Sabha, seventeen first time MPs will represent Rajasthan in Parliament. The new faces in the Parliament will have 14 MPs from Congress, two from BJP and one independent.

The Congress MPs who will make their debut in Parliament include Jitendra Singh (Alwar), Harish Choudhary (Barmer),  Ratan Singh (Bharatpur) and Bharat Ram Meghwal (Ganganagar-SC).

Girja Vyas won the Chittorgarh seat by defeating sitting BJP MP Srichand Kripalini. The other two are Chandresh Kumari from Jodhpur and Jyoti Mirdha from Nagaur seat who defeated Jaswant Singh Vishnoi and Bindu Choudhary of BJP respectively.

The other Congress MPs, who made a successful entry to the House are Mahesh Joshi (Jaipur), Lalchand Kataria (Jaipur), Khiladi Lal Bairwa (Karauli-Dholpur), Ijyaraj Singh (Kota), Gopal Singh (Rajsamand), C P Joshi (Bhilwara), Jyoti Mirdha (Nagaur), Badri Ram Jakhar (Pali), Raghuveer Singh Meena (Udaipur) and Mahadev Singh (Sikar).

The two newcomers from the BJP are Arjun Ram Meghwal (Bikaner) and Devji Patel (Jalore), and one independent Kirori Meena (Dausa).

Winning Young Candidate from Congress in Rajasthan

Jyoti Mirdha 36, 38-year-old Jitendra Singh and 44-year-old Ijyaraj Singh, Sachin Pilot (31), Lalchnad Kataria (35) , and Harish Choudhray (38) have all emerged as winners in this year’s lok sabha elections.

With six Young Turks from Congress winning in Rajasthan, they formed a little over a third of the 25 MPs that the sate elected.

This young in’ mantra given by party’s general secretary Rahul Gandhi worked unexpected wonders for Congress. It was on his continuous insistence that the party risked giving seats to absolute novice candidates and pitted them against seasoned campaigners.

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Rajasthan General Elections – 6 MPs from Rajasthan can get Ministry in Centre

The Rajasthan State Congress, which has contributed significantly to UPA’s victory by having a clean sweep of 20 seats out of 25,  is now eying a leap in the number of ministries its MPs will get at the Centre.

In 2004, Congress won only four seats and two MPs from the sate – Namonarayan Meena and Sisram Ola  became ministers. This time round, besides the two, who won once again, Girija Vyas, Sachin Pilot, Chandresh Kumari and C P Joshi are hopeful to get posts in the central ministry.

Sachin Pilot, whose victory from Ajmer is being seen as a move away from his father Rajesh Pilot’s shadow, could also win him a ministerial berth. Last time, he won from Dausa, from where his father had won five times. But this time, he had to move to Ajmer after Dausa became a reserved constituency.

Mining minister Sisram Ola, and minister of state for environment and forest Namonarain Meena may be retained whereas Girija Vyas, who won from Chittorgarh, may once again get a ministry. Vyas, at present the chairman of the National Women’s Commission, had been central minister in the past and her experience is likely to work in her favour.

Rajasthan PCC chief C P Joshi, who won by over one lakh votes in Bhilwara despite a one-vote defeat during the assembly polls, is one of the strong contenders for a ministerial job.

Scion of the Jodhpur royal family, Chandresh Kumari, who won from Jodhpur, was also a minister at the Centre in the past and being an experieced campaigner is now billed to get a minsitry again.

Namonarain Meena Set Records -   Won with lowest margin of 317 votes across country.

Union Minister Namonarain Meena was declared elected from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency with a margin of just 317 votes on Sunday.  Mr Namonarain Meena also set a record in this year’s Lok Sabha polls by winning with lowest margin in the country.

Mr Meena barely manged to defeat his nearest BJP rival Kirori Singh Bainsla, who came to limelight after he led the Gujjar agitation last year.

Till Sunday morning, the lowest victory margin in the country was in the name of Nattubhai Gomanbhai, who won as BJP candidate from Dadra – Nagar Haveli. Nattubhai was followed by M K Raghavan of Congress who romped home with a margin of 838 votes from Kozhikode constituency in Kerala.

First Time Two Meenas have won from Eastern Rajasthan

Belying apprehensions of an anti-Meena polarization of votes, the two Meena candidates Kirorilal and Namonarain have retained their forts in eastern Rajasthan as Meena hegemony remains unscathed in the region.

Independent Kirorilal won from Dausa by an emphatic margin of over 1.30 lakh votes while Namonarain could manage a 317-vote victory from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur. This is the first time that the two Meenas have won from eastern Rajasthan.

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Rajasthan Lok Sabha Election Results

The final results of the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections have been declared in 24/25 constituencies in Rajasthan.

There was a problem in one of the EVM machine in Tonk – Sawai Madhopur constituency and because of that the results were not declared till late in the evening. In the first couting of votes, Mr Namo Narain Meena has secured a win with a very low margin of 317 votes.

The final results havnt been declared yet as BJP Candidate Kirori Singh Bainsla is not happy with the overall couting and demands recounting.

The Tonk Sawai Madhopur is a tough battleground this time. Col. Bainsla, who  led the violent Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan in 2007 is contesting against the union minister and Congress nominee Namo Narayan Meena. This battle is a direct Gurjjar-Meena poll battle. Bainsla’s inclusion in the BJP aimed at wooing the Gujjar vote, estimated at around seven per cent of the electorate in the state.

Final Tally of Elections Results in Parliamentary Constituencies in Rajasthan

S.No. Constituency Name Elected Candidae Party Victory Margin Votes
1. Ajmer Sachin Pilot INC 76135
2. Alwar Jitendra Singh INC 156619
3. Banswara (ST) Tarachand Bhagora INC 199418
4. Barmer Harish Choudhary INC 119106
5. Bharatpur (SC) Ratan Singh INC 81454
6. Bhilwara Dr C P Joshi INC 135368
7. Bikaner (SC) Arjun Ram Meghwal BJP 19575
8. Chittorgarh (Dr.) Girija Vyas INC 72778
9. Churu Ram Singh Kaswan BJP 12440
10. Dausa (ST) Kirodi Lal IND 137759
11. Ganganagar (SC) Bharat Ram Meghwal INC 140668
12. Jaipur Mahesh Joshi INC 16099
13. Jaipur Rural Lal Chand Kataria INC 52237
14. Jalore Devji Patel BJP 49805
15. Jhalawar – Baran Dushyant Singh BJP 52841
16. Jhunjhunu Sheesh Ram Ola INC 65332
17. Jodhpur Chandresh Kumari INC 98329
18. Karauli – Dholpur (SC) Khiladi Lal Bairwa INC 29723
19. Kota Ijyaraj Singh INC 83093
20. Nagaur Dr Jyoti Mirdha INC 155137
21. Pali Badri Ram Jakhar INC 196717
22. Rajsamand Gopal Singh INC 45890
23. Sikar Mahadev Singh INC 149426
24. Tonk – Sawai Madhopur Namo Narain INC Final Results Not Out. 1st Couting Margin-317
25. Udaipur (ST) Raghuvir Singh Meena INC 164925

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Rajasthan Lok Sabha Election Trends – Congress Expected to Have a Clean Sweep

In the Latest Updates of Rajasthan Lok Sabha Election Result (Upto 12.00 Pm), Congress is Leading in 20 seats while BJP is Managing only 4 Seats

Candidates Who are Leading in Counting

  • Sachin Pilot ( INC )  Leading by 72128 votes from  Kiran Maheshwari ( BJP )  in Ajmer Seat
  • Namo Narayan Meena ( INC )  Leading by 44929 votes from Kirori Singh Bainsla ( BJP ) in  Tonk – Sawai Madhopur
  • Harish Choudhary ( INC )  Leading by 91733 votes from  Manvendra Singh ( BJP )  in Barmer District
  • Jitendra Singh ( INC )  Leading by 59259 votes from Dr Kiran Yadav ( BJP ) in Alwar Lok Sabha

More Election Trends on EC Website

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Polling Updates Live on Election Commission Website – Bookies Betting Big on Congress to Win

Indian General Election Results to Be Announced on Saturday 16, 2009

The whole nation is waiting eagerly for the election results that are scheduled for Saturday 16, 2009. There is a sense of suspense and enthusiasm among the citizens.

Counting of votes will commence at 8 am on Saturday for all the 25 seats in Rajasthan State. The Election Commission has made the accessibility of the election updates easier than ever before. Now you can just visit the Election Commission of Rajasthan website ( or Call at the Call Centers to get updated trends and results.

According to state chief electoral officer, all the counting stations of the state have been connected to Internet and the EC staff will keep updating the information at completion of each round of counting.

The position of all the recognized seven national parties in the state will be shown separately at the website, enabling the viewer to check the contemporary position of the party candidates in trends and results. The position of other candidates will also be displayed separately.

Arrangements For Secure and Safe Counting in Pink City

The counting for two seats Jaipur and Jaipur Rural will be held at the Commerce College and Rajasthan College respectively. Special measures have been taken to ensure security during the process and special entry passes and routes have been provided to the officials.

Fire brigade, an ambulance and security personal in big numbers will be deputed at the counting station. The officials included in the process are instructed to report at the counting station two hours before the process of counting begins.

As many as 2,704 counting tables are setup at the counting centers in all constituencies. While the maximum of 24 counting tables are setup for Jhotwara Assembly segment of Jaipur constituency, a minimum of 10 such tables are set up for several smaller segments.

Congress may Emerge as the Largest Party

Whatever may be the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, the punters are betting on Congress emerging as the single largest party, according to bookies in Rajasthan.

If one goes by present odds being offered in the betting market, then the Congress is likely to win 140 to 145 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 125 to 130 seats.

The betting market in Rajasthan is considered huge and as per rough estimates, it deals at over Rs.500-600 crores.

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Repoll in Rajasthan – 67% Polling in 59 Booths Across State

About 67% of polling was reported in the 59 booths where repolling was held on Sunday. The Election Commission has ordered repoll in 60 booths spreading across 10 Lok Sabha Constituencies of Rajasthan.

Repolling Facts

The Lok Sabha constituencies where repolling was held includes Jaipur Rural (2), Sawai Madhopur-Tonk (21), Dausa (14), Bharatpur (2), Karauli-Dholpur (3), Alwar (6), Pali (8), Rajsamandh (1), Barmer (1) and Jhalawar-Baran (2).

Repolling was ordered after complaints of large scale booth capturing and damage to EVMs during voting on May 7.

Repolling Mishaps

Polling could not be held in one booth as one person was killed and four others injured when police opened fire to disperse a mob which was allegedly trying to capture a booth at Gotada in Dausa.

According to reports, Rajesh Kumar Mishra, the poll observer, arrived at booth number 15 in Gotada village under Sikrai assembly constituency on Sunday morning only to find fake votes being cast. Mishra immediately suspended four officials on duty and stopped the polling, which upset the members of a particular community.

Soon, Mishra and other government officials were attacked by a mob, forcing police to open fire on the crowd. While 18-year-old Jaikishan Meena was killed on the spot, four others were injured. This is the second death in police firing during polling, the first being at Sawai Madhopur on Thursday.

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Rajasthan Lok Sabha Elections – A SnapShot on Polling across 25 Parliamentary Constituencies

The fourth round of polling on Thursday saw an average turnout of 50%  for  25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan.

Highest 62 per cent polling  in Sriganganagar

According to Electoral Office, the highest polling was reported at 62 per cent in Sriganganagar. Nearly 49 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in Jaipur and Jaipur Rural constituencies, while the turnout was the lowest at 37 per cent in Jalore.

Polling, which was generally slow in the morning, picked up later in the day. A marginal decline in temperature encouraged people to come out and vote. A total of 346 candidates were in the fray expecting support from 37,059,892 voters in the State.

The 42,702 polling booths across the State included six mobile booths in Jaisalmer district.

Prominent candidates whose poll fortune locked in EVMs

Prominent candidates whose poll fortune were locked in EVMs include Congress leader Sachin Pilot from Ajmer Lok Sabha seat, Union Minister Sis Ram Ola (Jhunjhunu), Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and Union Minister Namo Narayan Meena (SawaiMadhopur-Tonk ), Girija Vyas (Chittorgarh), Manvendra Singh, sitting BJP MP from Barmer and son of Jaswant Singh, and saffron nominee Dushyant Singh, son of former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, in Jhalawar-Baran.

Re-Polling on 14 booth across the State – Some Mishaps

There were about 14 booths across the State where the polling process was disrupted due to various malpractices, necessitating re-polling. The dates for re-polling will be decided after a comprehensive scrutiny on Friday.

These polling stations are situated in the Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Pali, Jhalawar-Baran, Dausa and Nagaur constituencies.

One person was killed and another injured in firing by security personnel at a mob that tried to capture a polling booth at Olwara village in Sawai Madhopur district.

An independent candidate Kirorilal Meena received minor injuries when unidentified persons pelted stones at his convoy near Bhadarej village polling booths, 15km from Dausa district headquarters.

There were reports of technical snags in the electronic voting machines at several places and 168 of them had to be replaced during the day.

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Manoj Rajoriya – BJP candidate from the Karauli-Dholpur Parliamentary Constituency

Manoj Rajoria - BJP Candidate for Karauli - Dholpur Seat

Manoj Rajoria - BJP Candidate for Karauli - Dholpur Seat

Manoj Rajoriya will contest as  BJP candidate from the Karauli-Dholpur Lok Sabha Seat.

Manoj Rajoriya’s  Opponent Candidates

Manoj Rajoriya will contest against Congress candidate Khiladi Lal Bairwa, BSP candidate Hattiram, LJNSP candidate Shreelal Khare, KKJHS candidate Gangaram, SP candidate Ramesh and other  independent candidates.

Manoj Rajoriya – Doctor by Profession

Manoj Rajoriya is aged 38 and has done MD in Homeopathic from Rajasthan University.

Karauli-Dholpur Parliamentary Constituency

Khiladi Ram - Congress Candidate for Karauli-Dholpur Seat

Khiladi Ram - Congress Candidate for Karauli-Dholpur Seat

This is a new seat that has been carved out in the eastern fringe of Rajasthan. It includes parts of the erstwhile Bayana constituency, a traditional BJP stronghold. This is also a reserved constituency for the Scheduled Castes.

Given its newness, it does not have a history in Lok Sabha.

In the assembly elections, of the eight segments, the BJP won four, the BSP two, the Congress one and independent (Kirori Lal Meena) one. The BJP vote is about 20,000 more than the Congress vote. The inclusion of six BSP MLAs in Congress has further strengthened the party on Karauli-Dholpur seat where BJP had an advantage in the assembly elections.

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Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat – Nihal Chand vs Bharatram Meghwal, Sita Ram, Shopatram and Kishanlal Nayak

Nihal Chand - BJP Candidate for Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat

Nihal Chand - BJP Candidate for Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat

Nihal Chand Meghwal is BJP Candidate for Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat. He will contest against Congress candidate Bharatram Meghwal, BSP candidate Sita Ram, CPI(M) candidate Shopatram Meghwal and Jago Party candidate Kishanlal Nayak.

Profile of Nihal Chand Meghwal

Nihal Chand was born in Bajuwala, District in Ganganagar Rajasthan. He worked as Pradhan of  Panchayat Samiti, Rai Singh Nagar till 1996. He then got elected to 11th Lok Sabha in  1996 , Re-elected to 13th  and 14th Lok Sabha.

He has served many roles in his political career, it includes Member of Committee on Science and Technology, Environment & Forests & Consultative Committee and Ministry of Defense.

About Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat

Bharatram Meghwal - Congress Candidate for Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat

Bharatram Meghwal - Congress Candidate for Ganganagar Lok Sabha Seat

This is a reserved constituency (SC) in the extreme north of Rajasthan. Of the four previous Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has won this seat thrice, and the Congress once.

This seat seems to have a habit of voting out the incumbents, and the BJP beat this syndrome last time by a hair’s breadth (the victory margin last time for the BJP was wafer thin).

Both the Congress and the BJP have played safe, fielding the same faces they had fielded in the previous Lok Sabha elections, Nihal Chand for the BJP and Bharat Ram Meghwal for the Congress.

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