New Delhi: Campaigning for the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections has reached its peak as campaigning for this phase will come to an end on Tuesday evening.

A total of 87 constituencies spread over 15 districts from Saurashtra and south regions of the state will go to poll on December 13. Political fate of 846 candidates including 46 women, will be decided by over 3.80 crore voters.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is eyeing third consecutive term at the helm in Gujarat, is contesting from Ahmedabad’s Maninagar seat which will go to poll on December 17.

In 2007, he defeated the Congress candidate Dinsha Patel by around 75,000 votes. This time, the Congress has fielded suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta Bhatt from Maninagar.

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 constituencies, the Opposition Congress has given tickets to 181 candidates in alliance with the NCP.

Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. Counting of votes is slated for December 20.


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