"In the first four hours the voting percentage is around 20-21 percent in the state," Additional Chief Electoral Officer Ashok Manek said.
    
Long queues were witnessed all over the state outside polling booths since early morning hours. People were found queuing up in front of the polling booths even before the polling started at 7 am.
    
The reason for high early voting could also be that the state is witnessing severe heat conditions, where temperatures in the last two days were recorded above 43 degree Celsius in some major parts.
    
In Vadodara city, where contest is between BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress leader
Madhusudan Mistry, the voter turnout in the first two hours was as high as 34 percent.
    
More than 100 people queued up at a polling station in Dandia Bazaar area of Vadodara even before 7 am.
    
Mistry, who voted from Sector 18 of Gandhinagar, said the early high voter turnout might be due to heat conditions.
    
No untoward incident was reported from the state till 11 am, officials said.

(Agencies)

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