Voting ends in Gujarat, Over to December 18

RSTV Bureau

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Voting for the second and final phase of Gujarat assembly polls ended today at 5 PM. Polling took place for 93 constituencies in this phase spread over 14 districts across north and central Gujarat. The polling percentage for phase 2 stood at 68.7 %.

For the first phase of polling, the voter turnout was slightly lower at 66.75%. Phase one of polls took place on December 9 in Gujarat and covered 89 seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote at a polling booth in Sabarmati constituency of Ahmedabad district this afternoon.

Many senior leaders including BJP President Amit Shah, former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Shankarsinh Waghela were among the early voters. Prime Minister Modi’s mother Heeraben also cast her vote.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is the member of Rajya Sabha representing Gujarat also cast is vote. “Main Gujarat ki janta se appeal karta hoon ki vo bhaari maatra mein aayen aur vote karein, vikas yatra ko qayam rakhein,” he said after casting his vote in Ahmedabad’s Vejalpur.

In total, the fate of 851 candidates will be decided in this phase. Over 2 crore 22 lakh people, including one crore 7 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their franchise.

The smallest constituency is Dariapur and the largest is Radhanpur. By size of the Electorate, the smallest is Limkheda constituency and the largest is Ghatlodia.

Among the prominent figures contesting in this phase are — Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel is contesting from Mahesana seat, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who is the Congress’ candidate is contesting from Radhanpur and and Jignesh Mewani, the prominent Dalit face of these elections, is contesting as an independent from Vadgam with Congress backing.

Leader of Congress Legislative Party Mohansinh Rathwa is contesting from the tribal constituency of Chhota Udaipur.

The voting began peacefully at 8AM and will close at 5PM.

(With inputs from PTI)