Voting for the first phase of the highly anticipated Gujarat elections took place on 9th November. Though the day started with the excitement of voting for almost half of the total Vidhan Sabha seats, it ended up with campaigners getting back to promotion for the second phase of voting which is on 14th December.
The day started on a dramatic note when voters found something tricky with EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) on one of the booth but EC (Election Commission) quickly acted upon the complaints and immediately changed the disputed voting machines.
The Voting in the first phase was done for total of 89 seats out of total 182 seats of Gujarat Vidhan Sabha. The first phase of the election included voting for important seats like Kutch, Morbi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Surat, Navsari and Valsad.
The first phase will seal the fate of the total of 977 candidates including the present chief minister Vijay Rupani who contested for Rajkot west constituency and looked quite confident about BJP winning the election “People should come out in large numbers to vote. We are very confident, no question of any challenge,” Vijay Rupani told the media.
The overall voting percentage was recorded to be 69% which is around 2% less than the 2012 elections.
Although Congress performed badly in the elections last time (2012) in the respective 89 constituencies, Senior Congress leader like Ahmed Patel claimed that congress will manage to dethrone BJP this time around.
It remains to be seen how the results turn out, as Gujarat Vidhan Sabha elections are turning out to be another one of Rahul Vs Modi battle.