For the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2017, the polling booths have been opened and voting is underway across 89 seats in Saurashtra and South Gujarat. Today the voters in the 19 districts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, will vote for 89 Seats. The ruling BJP holds 67 of these seats while the Congress holds only 16 seats in Gujarat, and the others are held by smaller parties and Independents. This is the biggest Assembly election of the year, now the constituencies to answer that Should the BJP will govern the land of Sardar Patel?
Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi – Porbandar – is also one of the constituencies in which the Assembly election will be held today. Total of 24,689 polling booths are there in Gujarat. About 2.12 crores voters, are expected in which approx 1.11 crore are males and 1.01 crore females while about 245 are from the third gender.
Prominent faces from 977 candidates including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who is contesting from Rajkot – West, Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil – Mandvi and Paresh Dhanani -Amreli.
5:00 PM: First phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017 Ends at 5 PM
4:50 PM: A selfie point built in Bhavnagar to attract voters
4:50 PM: Karnataka’s Governor, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala cast his vote in Rajkot
4:00 PM: Around 55% voting recorded in the state till now in the first phase assembly election.
2:43 PM: Election Commission Team reaches the polling booth after complaints of Faulty EVM, in Thakkar Plot in the Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar.
2:350 PM: People of Morvi District boycotted the elections and protesting against lack of basic resources.
1:07 PM: PM Modi speaks on Salman Nizami’s tweets in his Lunavada rally and said, ‘even an enemy doesn’t ask who is your mother, who is your father, as he is asking to me.’
1:00 PM: Rajiv Shukla on PM Modi’s remarks about Salman Nizami and said we don’t know who is Salman Nizami. He does not hold any position in the party.
12:40 PM: Overall 31 percent voter turnout has been recorded.
12:00 PM: The polling process has been delayed in Vapi, Porbandar, and Valsad among other districts due to faulty EVM.
11:43 AM: Patidar leaders protest outside a polling booth in Junagarh after BJP leader Reshma Patel arrived to cast her vote.
11:15 AM: BJP Union Minister, Parshottam Rupala Casts his vote with his entire family in Amreli.
11:00 AM: EVM has been replaced in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya booth in Surat’s Varaccha
10:45 AM: Congress leader Ahmed Patel casts vote in Bharuch’s Ankleshwar.
10:43 AM: Reports suggest About 15 percent Voter Turnout Recorded overall.
10:20 AM: Congress appeal for the vote with an official tweet,
“आज #GujaratElection2017 के पहले चरण का मतदान शुरु हो चुका है, हम सभी मतदाताओं से अनुरोध करते हैं कि वे आगे बढ़कर समृद्धशाली और समावेशी गुजरात के लिये अपने मताधिकार का प्रयोग करें। सच को वोट दें प्रगति को वोट दें नवसर्जन को वोट दें कांग्रेस को वोट दें”
10:04 AM: Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara casts his vote in Rajkot’s Ravi Vidayalaya booth.
9:30 AM: CM Vijay Rupani casts his vote in Rajkot and he said they don’t face any obstacle during their vote. He is contesting for Rajkot – West seat against Congress leader, Indranil Rajyaguru.
8:25 AM: Bhartiya Janta Party, Gujarat Chief Jitubhai Vaghani casts his vote in Bhavnagar.