Gujarat polls: Senior leaders cast their votes; 12% voting till 10 am

Gujarat polls: Senior leaders cast their votes; 12% voting till 10 am

A skirmish related to the elections took place between two groups of the same community in Hasanpur village in Visnagar, Mehsana.

Rupani, though, is not the first person to use Pakistan in the run-up to the election in Gujarat. Heavy security deployment was made to ensure no further clashes and tensions. This is nearly neck and neck with the 68 per cent voter turnout in the first phase on Saturday last. Modi, who stood in a queue before exercising his voting right, greeted the people from his SUV after casting his vote. There are 851 candidates in the fray.

Many bigwigs, including union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki and Patidar leader Hardik Patel have cast their vote.

Apart from the 112 general observers deployed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the Gujarat elections, 70 counting observers have been appointed by the ECI for counting of votes registered in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) which will be carried out on December 18 in 37 selected regions of the state.

In Maninagar, the constituency once is a symbol for the seat of PM Modi, Congress has given a ticket to foreign-educated young face Sweta Bhrambhatt in opposition to BJP's sitting MLA Suresh Patel. The election is being seen as a "prestige battle" for Prime Minister Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi. Congress now has 39 seats and one each with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and an independent. The voter turnout in the 2012 assembly election was 71.3 per cent.

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