Voting for Gujarat Assembly Election ends, 68% overall turnout

Gujarat Polling second phase
Gujarat Polling second phase

Ahmedabad, Dec 14: The second phase of Gujarat assembly polls on Thursday saw over 68 per cent voting, the Election Commission said.

There were people still lined up outside polling booths, and the final figure will be available later, news agency IANS quoted,  an official said.

Voting  took place in 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions of the state including Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts

There are 851 candidates in the fray. Special deployment of police has been made to ensure law and order.

49  people turn out for voting till 3 pm, According to The Indian Express, Election Commission had to suspend voting in Salvi of Vadodra after clashes broke out between to communities in Wankher village.

PM Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality.  BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat.

Senior BJP leader LalKrishan Advani casts his vote in Jamlapur Khadiya of Ahmedabad

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The arrival of Prime minister Narendra Modi with his huge Convoy was not less than a roadshow.

People are also waiting for Prime minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati, where he will cast his vote

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar.

The first few hours of polling in the second and final phase of the Gujarat elections on Thursday saw very few voters following a dip in the temperature. Ten per cent voting was recorded in two hours, an official said, adding the process will pick up as the day progresses.

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel casts his vote in Mehsana’s Kadi. He is contesting against Congress’s Jivabhai Patel.

PASS leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in his village Viramgam. Hardik is supporting Congress against BJP in the assembly election. Howerver he has denied reports of joining BJP.

Voting halted for 50 minutes after people complained of dysfunctional EVMs. However Gaurang Rana, Polling Officer claimed that the machines have been fixed and now the voting is underway.

Arun Jaitely standing in queue waiting for his turn to vote. After casting his vote the Finance minister urged people to come and vote to continue the Gujarat Development.

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s mother HeeraBen  casts her vote in the poling booth of Gandhi Nagar.

BJP president Amit Shah casts his votes in Naranpura, Ahmedabad.

ShankerSinh Vaghela who left Congress earlier this year also casts his vote in Gandhi Nagar’s Vasan village.

The second phase of Gujarat election also includes Hardik Patel’s Bastion Mehsana from where he started his the campaign demanding reservation for Patidars. Hardik Patel’s mother and father casting their vote from Viramgam

A total of 25,575 polling booths have been set up in 14,523 places.

The Election Commission has deployed hundreds of companies of the Central Armed Police Forces, 12 companies of Rapid Action Force and 19 companies of the State Reserve Police Force for the election.

The first phase of the polls for 89 seats in the 182-seat state assembly were held on December 9 with over 60 per cent polling registered.

(IANS)

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