New Delhi, Dec 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress-elect President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged the voters in Gujarat to exercise their franchise in the second phase of voting that has commenced.
Taking to twitter Modi said “Today is Phase 2 of the Gujarat elections. I request all those voting today to vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy”.
Meanwhile, Gandhi also tweeted “The ushering in of a new Gujarat has already begun. Your one vote will strengthen and empower the foundations of democracy. I appeal to the people of the state to vote more and more for a bright tomorrow”.
Polling began in 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions at 8 a.m. and will continue till 5 in the evening. There are 851 candidates in the fray.
Elections are being held in Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts in the northern and central regions.
The first phase of polling for 89 seats in the 182-seat state assembly took place on December 9, during which 60 per cent voting was recorded.