Voting ended for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats across 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and southern regions at 5 pm on Thursday. According to the latest figures by the Election Commission of India, 60.23 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections. Addressing a rally in Kalol, Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi hit out at the Congress over Kharge’s remark likening him to ‘ravan’. “There is a competition in Congress on who says more bad words for Modi…We have to teach them a lesson and the way is to vote for “Lotus” on the 5th (second phase of Gujarat elections),” he Read More
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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that he hurls “four quintals of gaalis” (abuses) at the grand old party everyday and targets its leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “Modi claims that Congress gives him two kilograms of gaalis (abuses) everyday. The fact is that you give us four quintals of gaalis everyday. Sometimes you target me or Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi. Without giving us gaalis, you are unable to digest your food. But for the sake of citizens, we never say anything,” Kharge said.
Cooking gas cylinders became a symbol of protest against price rise in Gujarat on Thursday as some voters carried them to polling stations during the first phase of the Assembly elections. READ MORE
According to the latest figures by the Election Commission of India, approximately 60.20 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections.
With polling for the first phase of assembly elections held in Gujarat, the Congress on Thursday complained to the Election Commission over the security of electronic voting machines amid allegations that the Gujarat Police will be in charge of the machines after voting.
A voter turnout of 56.88 per cent was recorded in the first phase of high-stakes Gujarat assembly elections held in 89 out of the total 182 seats across 19 districts of the Saurashtra-Kutch region and southern parts of the state on Thursday. READ MORE
Voting ended with 56.88 per cent turnout recorded for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats across 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and southern regions at 5 pm on Thursday.
Launching a scathing attack on Congress over “abusive” remarks by its leaders against him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reacted to party chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s “100-headed Ravan” jibe and said that he respects the senior leader, who was “compelled” to follow the orders of the party high command to call him “100-headed Ravan”. READ MORE
An average voter turnout of 48.48% was recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections underway in 89 seats across 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and southern regions, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI).
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said there is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive words against him, referring to the opposition party president Mallikarjun Kharge’s ‘Ravan’ jibe at him. READ MORE
Out of the 19 districts where polling was underway on Thursday, Tapi recorded the highest voter turnout at 46.29 per cent till 1 pm, followed by Dang 46.22 per cent and Narmada 46.16 per cent. All these districts are tribal-dominated. (PTI)
Union minister Darshana Jardosh, State Assembly Speaker Nimaben Acharya, BJP leader and Union Minister Parshottam Rupala, Gujarat Home Minster Harsh Sanghavi and Gujarat BJP chief CR Patil, Gujarat Finance Minister Kanubhai Desai and Gujarat Ex-CM Vijay Rupani were among those who cast their votes in the first phase of the Gujarat elections.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Thursday held a roadshow in the Mehsana district which will see polling in the second phase of the Assembly election on December 5.
With phase one of polling for Gujarat Assembly Elections underway, the AAP vs BJP battle heats up. The BJP has now accused the AAP of ‘encouraging liquor use’ during election campaigning.
The BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla released a video clip of AAP leader and MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj who is heard saying that in villages during elections, it feels like a “Holi-Diwali” festivities. He is accused of implying that men are ‘set’ thanks to the alcohol supply they get. READ MORE
Casting his vote, former Gujarat Chief Minister said, “I am confident that BJP is going to form the government in Gujarat for the seventh time”. Rivaba Jadeja, BJP’s candidate from Jamnagar North also cast her vote and dismissed speculations about a rift in the family as her sister-in-law Naynaba and father-in-law campaigned for the Congress. “This is not the first time that two members of a family are associated with two different ideologies,” she said.
Voting for 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat elections began at 8 am. People were seen queueing up outside booths across the region on Thursday morning, and the Chief Election Commissioner has said that record number of votes is expected this year. Among the key candidates in the first phase are AAP’s Chief Ministerial face Isudan Gadhvi, from Khambhalia in Saurashtra region and Rivaba Jadeja, Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife who is BJP’s candidate from Jamnagar North.
The first phase of polling in the Gujarat Assembly Elections will commence at 8 am on Thursday and continue till 5 pm. Voting will be held in 89 seats spread across 19 districts in Saurashtra-Kutch and southern parts of the state across 14,382 polling stations. 788 candidates are in the fray, and an estimated 2.4 crore voters in the region.
High-octane campaigning for the first phase of the polls ended on Tuesday. Out of the 89 seats going to polls in the first phase, the BJP won 48 in the 2017 election, the Congress had won 40, while one seat was bagged by an independent candidate.
Apart from the BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), 36 other political outfits, including the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) have also fielded candidates in various seats which will go to polls in the first phase.
The BJP and Congress are contesting in all the 89 seats while new poll entrant AAP is contesting in 88 seats, as its candidate from Surat East constituency had withdrawn his candidature.
As many as 339 independents are also in the fray in the first phase of polls. In other parties, the BSP has fielded 57 candidates, BTP 14 and CPI-M four candidates. Out of the total 788 candidates, 70 are women including nine fielded by the BJP, six by the Congress and five by the AAP.
Among the prominent candidates, AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi is contesting from Khambhalia seat in Devbhumi Dwarka district of Saurashtra region, while AAP state unit president Gopal Italia is contesting from Katargam in Surat.
Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, is contesting from Jamnagar (North), BJP MLAs Harsh Sanghavi and Purnesh Modi from different seats in Surat and five-time MLA Parshottam Solanki from Bhavnagar (Rural).
Sitting Congress MLAs like Lalit Kagathara, Lalit Vasoya, Rutvik Makwana and Mohammad Javed Pirzada are among the candidates in fray in the first phase from seats in Saurashtra region.
Seven-time MLA and veteran tribal leader Chhotu Vasava is contesting from Jhagadia in Bharuch.
Out of the total 4,91,35,400 registered voters in Gujarat, 2,39,76,670 are eligible to cast their votes in the first phase of the elections. These include 5.74 lakh voters in the age group of 18-19 years, and 4,945 above the age of 99 years.
The election body has set up 89 ‘model polling stations’, as many stations run by differently-abled people, 89 eco-friendly polling stations and 611 run by women. There are also 18 polling stations run by the youth.
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