New Delhi: The polling for 87 seats in the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections began on Thursday morning amid tight security. The polling ended at 5 pm. "Approximately 68 percent voting has taken place in the phase one of the state elections," Additional chief electoral officer Sanjiv Kumar said in Ahmedabad.


A total of 87 constituencies spreading over 15 districts from Saurashtra and south regions of the state went to polls. Political fate of 846 candidates including 46 women was sealed in Electronic Voting Machines. In the first phase, the BJP is contesting all 87 seats followed by the Congress (84), the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel (83) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (79). There are 383 independent candidates in the fray.


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  • Voting for the first phase of the assembly elections in Gujarat began Thursday at 8 am
  • Polling will end at 5 pm
  • Voters in 87 of the 182 constituencies of the state assembly will exercise their franchise at 44,579 polling stations
  • As many as 17,029 of these stations have been declared as sensitive
  • Of an estimated 38 million voters, 19.9 million are male and 18.1 million are female
  • There are a total of 846 candidates in the fray, including 46 women
  • BJP has fielded candidates in all 87 seats
  • Congress has fielded 84 candidates
  • Gujarat Parivartan Party has fielded 83 candidates
  • Bahujan Samaj Party has 79 candidates
  • There are 383 Independents, while others are 130
  • The largest constituency by area is Abdasa (6,278 sq km), while the largest constituency by population is Kamrej (304,621 voters)

Ten ministers of the present BJP government faced the electorate in the first phase. Among them are Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala, Law and Agriculture Minister Dilip Sanghani, Fishery Minister Purshottam Solanki and Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel.

The first phase was an acid test for former CM Keshubhai Patel. Out of the 87 Assembly seats went to polls on Thursday, 54 are in Saurashtra, a Patel dominated region.

The result of the first phase will also be important for the BJP and Congress as the fate of many of their senior leaders got sealed by the electorate.

Destinies of Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Shaktisinhh Gohil was locked in the EVMs.

A total of 1,666 candidates are in the fray for 182-member Gujarat Legislative Assembly. While the ruling BJP has fielded candidates on all the 182 Assembly seats, the Opposition Congress has given tickets to 181 candidates in alliance with the NCP.

The second phase will be held on December 17. Counting of votes is slated for December 20.


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