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LS polls: 62 per cent polling recorded in Gujarat


Last Updated: April 30, 2014, 08:57 IST

LS polls: 62 per cent polling recorded in Gujarat

Prominent among those in the fray are Narendra Modi (from Vadodara) and BJP leader LK Advani (Gandhinagar).

Ahmedabad: Updates: 7:24 pm: 62 per cent votes registered in Gujarat for the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, said Election Commission.

5.50 pm: 68.06 per cent voting in Vadodara till 5.00 pm.

4:02 pm: Till 3 pm, 59.53 per cent voter turnout in Vadodara, 47 per cent in Ahmedabad.

1:12 pm: Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben casts her vote at Mehsana.

12:38 pm: Over 40 per cent plus voting in Vadodara till noon.

11:35 am: BJP veteran leader LK Advani casts his vote in Gandhinagar.

11:11 am: 31 per cent voter turnout till 11 am in Vadodara. The royal families of Vadodara have also come out to vote.

10:08 am: BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge and Narendra Modi's key aide Amit Shah cast his vote in Gandhinagar. He appeals to voters to come out and participate in the festival of democracy by casting their vote.

9:52 am: 10 per cent voter turnout registered till 9 am in Ahmedabad.

9:08 am: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi casts his vote. Modi appeals to people to vote in record numbers today. He also apologises to people for not campaigning enough in the state.

Narendra Modi's mother also casts her vote at Ranip in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

8:55 am: Narendra Modi arrives to cast his vote at Ranip.

8:40 am: Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry casts his vote. He is contesting against Modi from Vadodara.

Polling began for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat where elections are being held on Wednesday in a single phase amid tight security arrangements.

More than 4.05 crore electors (2.12 crore male and 1.93 crore female) will decide the fate of 334 candidates who are contesting from 26 seats of the state, where the main fight is between the Congress and the BJP.

Prominent among those in the fray are Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (from Vadodara) and veteran BJP leader LK Advani (Gandhinagar).

Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry is challenging Modi in Vadodara, while senior leader Shankarsinh Vaghela is contesting from Sabarkantha.

The Aam Aadmi Party, striving to emerge as a third alternative in the state, has fielded candidates in 24 seats.

Voting will take place amid extreme heat conditions in the state, with the maximum temperature remaining above 43 degrees Celsius in many parts. Weather forecasters have warned that the extreme heat conditions will continue today also.

The Election Commission of India has extended the time of casting of votes by two hours. They have also made arrangements of water at polling booths.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made with more than one lakh police and para-military personnel being deployed to ensure free and fair polls. The ECI has identified 23 per cent booths out of 45,380 polling stations as vulnerable and critical.

A hectic campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections had ended earlier with the BJP aiming for a clean sweep, banking on the "Modi factor", and Congress fighting back to deny it a walk-over.

The BJP's campaign is centred around the fact that Modi, "a son of the soil", is the party candidate for the top job. Invoking Gujarati pride, it is seeking to win all 26 seats.

The Congress has employed its two big guns, party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi for campaigning in the state. Ahmed Patel, Sonia's political secretary, was stationed in the state to manage the campaign for last few days.

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    (With additional information from PTI)

    first published:April 30, 2014, 08:57 IST
    last updated:April 30, 2014, 08:57 IST