Ahmedabad: Over 20 percent polling has taken place till 10 AM for the Mansa Assembly bypoll in Gujarat's Gandhinagar district, officials said.
   
Long queues were seen outside 210 booths where polling is underway amid tight security to avoid any untoward incident, they said.
   
"In the first two hours since 8 AM, there was over 20 percent polling," the officials said.
   
A total of 1.65 lakh voters are expected to exercise their franchise for the bypoll necessitated by the death of former Speaker and BJP MLA Mangaldas Patel.
   
The Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements for polling and videography is being done in every polling booth.
   
Though the elected candidate will enjoy a term of almost eight months as the state Assembly polls are scheduled later this year, both Congress and BJP have made the battle a prestige issue.
   
D D Patel of BJP is pitted against Babuji Thakor of Congress.
     
BJP has deputed senior leaders, who campaigned for the elections, to monitor the process, party office-bearers had said.
   
Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi on Saturday said his party was expecting a "positive" outcome in the contest.
   
Mansa has been represented by BJP from 1995, but the margin of victory has remained slender for the party.
   
In 2007, Mangaldas Patel had defeated Thakore, who is again contesting on Congress ticket this time, by just over 3000 votes.
   
The counting will be held on March 21.

(Agencies)