The inaugural Rajasthan Assembly Elections were held on February 29, 1952. This historic election marked the beginning of democratic governance in the state following India’s independence.
The election saw a total of 616 candidates contesting for 140 constituencies in the Assembly, which included 20 two-member constituencies and 120 single-member constituencies.
The Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the dominant party, winning 82 of the 160 seats with 12,86,953 votes, bagging 39.46% of the total vote share.
The Akhil Bharatiya Ram Rajya Parishad (RRP) came in second, winning 24 seats with 3,99,958 votes, bagging 12.26% of the total vote share.
The then Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) won 8 seats with 1,93,532 votes, bagging 5.93% of the total vote share.
Other parties like the Socialist Party, the Krishikar Lok Party, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, and the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party also contested, winning a few seats each.
Independents won 35 seats, bagging 35.35 per cent of the total vote share.
The election saw a turnout of 32,61,442 voters, which was 35.19 per cent of the total electorate of 92,68,215 voters.
(Data taken from the Election Commission of India.)
(Published 11 November 2023, 10:10 IST)