Polling underway for 1st phase of Assembly polls in Gujarat

  • Polling underway for 1st phase of Assembly polls in Gujarat
09-12-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Polling is underway for the first phase of Assembly elections in Gujarat. Voting is taking place for 89 constituencies in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat from 8 AM and will continue till 5 in the evening. Over 2 crore 12 lakh voters will decide the fate of 977 candidates, including 57 women, in this phase.

Prominent candidates include Chief Minister Vijay Rupani who is contesting from Rajkot (West). He is pitted against Congress’ Indranil Rajyaguru. Congress leader Shaktisingh Gohil, who was the former leader of the Opposition of the Gujarat Assembly, is trying his luck from Mandavi. BJP has fielded Virendrasingh Jadeja against Gohil.

According to election commission, all arrangements are in place for the smooth conduct of the polls. Both VVPAT machines and Electronic Voting Machines are being used in this phase in over 24,600 polling booths. Over 1 lakh 74,000 police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order situation in Gujarat.

Polling for the second and final phase will be held on 14th December. The counting of votes will take place on the 18th of this month along with Himachal Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the voters of Gujarat to turnout in record numbers and vote. In a tweet, Modi particularly called upon the youngsters to exercise their franchise.

Tags : Gujarat Assembly election 1st phase election Gujarat BJP Congress Vijay Rupani Narendra Modi

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