Gujarat voting in second phase of Assembly polls today
Gandhinagar: Gujarat is voting in the second phase of the Assembly polling as fates of several key leaders including, CM Bhupendra Patel (Ghatlodia), Patidar leader Hardik Patel (Viramgam), will be decided on Monday.
The voting is being held in 93 out of 182 Assembly seats across 14 districts of the politically crucial state.
Voting started at 8 am and will continue till 5.30pm in the evening.
The first phase of the voting for 89 seats was held on Dec 1.
Nearly 2.51 crore voters are registered in the second phase of polling spread across Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravali, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda and Chhota Udaipur districts of the state.
Out of the 2.51 crore voters, 5.96 lakh voters are in the age group of 18-19 years.
A total of 833 candidates are in the fray in 93 seats in the second phase of polls in Gujarat.
The election results will be announced on December 8 along with Himachal Pradesh's.
Indian PM Narendra Modi urged people to vote in large numbers.
Urging all those who are voting in Phase 2 of the Gujarat elections, particularly the young voters and women voters to vote in large numbers. I will be casting my vote in Ahmedabad at around 9 AM.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2022
"Urging all those who are voting in Phase 2 of the Gujarat elections, particularly the young voters and women voters to vote in large numbers. I will be casting my vote in Ahmedabad at around 9 AM," he tweeted.
Modi arrived in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening to exercise his franchise for the second phase of polls. He met his mother and took her blessings in the evening.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to cast his vote at a polling station in Ranip locality in Ahmedabad city.
Union Home Minister and BJP MP from Gandhinagar Amit Shah is also scheduled to cast his vote at a municipal sub-zonal office in Naranpura.
The state, that traditionally has remained a battlefield between BJP and Congress, has witnessed the entry of a third party- the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party for the first time making the elections a triangular contest.