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Voting begins for 1st phase; 89 seats up for grabs, 788 candidates in fray

Voting For the first phase Gujarat Assembly election began at 8 am on Thursday In 89 of the total of 182 seats in 19 districts of The Saurashtra-Kutch Region and southern parts of the state

The fate of 788 candidates in the first phase will be decided by 2,39,76670 voters, who will vote before 5 pm today.

According to the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) stated that the voting takes place at 14,382 stations. Of these, 3,311 are located in urban areas and 11,071 in rural.

Live It said that webcasting is being carried out from 13,065 polling stations in order to keep an eye on the process.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP(which headed Gujarat Since 1997, has tried to retain the power of the state for the seventh consecutive term.

If It will surpass the record of the Left Front Government that won the West Bengal Elections for seven consecutive terms until 2011

This The BJP is not only facing competition from its traditional rivals, but also from the modern one. Congress But also the new poll entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who has sought to be seen as the main challenger for the ruling party.

The BJP and the Congress All 89 seats are up for grabs.

The Arvind KejriwalAAP is running for 88 of the 88 seats. Its Candidate from Surat East Constituency had withdrew his candidature, leaving the party without a seat to contest in the initial phase.

Apart The BJP Congress AAP, 36 other political organizations including the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party This is India-Marxist (CPI-M). Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), have also submitted candidates for seats that are up for grabs in the first phase.

The BSP fielded 57 candidates and BTP 14 candidates. CPI-M has four candidates.

As In the initial phase, as many as 339 independents were also involved.

In The BJP won 48 seats out of 89 in the 2017 elections. Congress 40 seats were won, and one was won by an independent candidate.

Of There are 788 total candidates in fray. 70 of them are women, nine by the BJP and six by The BJP. Congress Five by the AAP.

An overview of key constituencies and players

Jamnagar North (Jamnagar)

In Jamnagar North The battle is between BJP and Congress Rivaba Jadeja, cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife, Congress’ Bipendrasinh Jadeja AAP’s Karsan Karmur.


BJP has filed Kantilal Amrutiya Replace sitting MLA with Cabinet Minister Brijesh Merja He is up against it Congress’ Jayantilal Jerajbhai Patel AAP’s Pankaj Ransariya.

Khambalia (Devbhoomi Dwarka)

This Seat is crucial as the AAP’s chief minsterial candidate Isudan Gadhvi Is contesting from there. He BJP’s opposition is met. Mulu Ayar Bera And Congress’ Vikram Madam.

Rajkot West (Rajkot)

The BJP has granted a ticket to two times Deputy Mayor Darshita Shah Who are you against the AAP’s? Dinesh Joshi And Congress’s Mansukhbhai. This Seat is a bastion of BJP that the party has not lost since 1985.

Talala (Gir Somnath)

The BJP has filed Bhagwan Barad From the seat where AAP is challenging Devendra Solanki And Congress’ Mansinh Dodiya. Barad In 2017, Had been awarded the seat Assembly polls.


BJP has its four-time winner and MLA sitting in the House of Representatives. Babu Bokhiria Once again. He It is against Congress Candidat Arjun Modhwadia AAP’s Jeevan Jungi.


Kandhalbhai JadejaThe son of a late don Santokben Sarmanbhai Jadeja, is contesting the Samajwadi Party ticket. He The 2017 award was won by Hadwin Assembly Elections on the NCP-ticket ticket: However, he quit the party in recent weeks after being denied a ticket.

With Inputs from agencies

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