Last Updated: 18 Dec 2017, 18:07:33 PM
 
GUJARAT ASSEMBLY POLLS: THE BJP VS CONGRESS BATTLE
18.05 PM
Rahul accepts defeat

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accepted the "verdict of the people" and took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the Congress Party workers for their efforts.

15.42 PM
BJP President Amit Shah addresses media on election results:


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13.17 PM

Celebrations broke out at the Gujarat BJP headquarters 'Kamalam' in Gandhinagar today as soon as the trends suggested that the ruling party was poised for a victory in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Party supporters gathered in large numbers at the office and distributed sweets among themselves. The BJP supporters, waiving the saffron flag and donning the party cap, greeted each other over the impending victory of the party which is set to retain power for the sixth term in a row.


12.40 PM

Activist Teesta Setalvad tweets this image saying, "Gauri Amma's Blessings with You @jigneshmevani80

12.07 PM
As the BJP win became apparent in the middle half of the counting, reactions started pouring in to commend the party on this victory in the state of Gujarat.


11.13 AM
'Done with Gujarat elections'

Former J-K CM Omar Abdullah who was an agitated commentator on the Gujarat assembly elections made this final tweet on the subject today.


11.05 AM
“We will form governments with a clear majority in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,” says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh confident of victories in both states.

Meanwhil,e BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli reacted to a question on NDTV that BJP president Amit Shah's claim of a 150-seat win in Gujarat is far off the mark and therefore was a setback.

"How can a victory be a setback? A setback is for one who has said they will form the government and has lost yet again, consistently. We are consistently winning," Kohli said.


11.04 AM
BJP at 105, still shy from 2012 mark

Current trends indicate the BJP ahead on 105 seats, while the Congress continuing on 76 with others leading in on 1 seat.

The 2012 assembly elections tallied the BJP at 116 while the Congress was stumped at 60.
10.51 AM
Rupani wins, BJP squarely in the lead

Vijay Rupani wins from Rajkot even as the BJP crosses halfway mark, takes lead on 94 seats, Congress ahead on 64.

92 seats is the halfway mark in the 182-seat Gujarat polls.


10.39 AM
Meanwhile, our cartoonist Satish Acharya sums up the Gujarat results as only he can:


10.35 AM

This is what Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had to tell The Telegraph in an interview. Will his words come back to haunt him?
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10.15 AM
Important leads: Deputy CM Nitin Patel (BJP, Mehsana), Jignesh Mevani (Vadgam, INDC), Alpesh Thakore (Radhanpur, Congress).
10.11 AM
The markets at least have called the Gujarat elections. The Sensex has gained over 150 points at 10.07 am. The Nifty 50 is up by over 55 points. 
10.06 AM
Hopes of BJP coming back to power in Gujarat has returned, at least as far as investors are concerned. Sensex, which tanked in early morning trade by 800 points, was 0.15% up at 9.58 am with 17 components in the green, reports Reuters.
09.57 AM
BSE, after tanking almost 800 points in an early-morning frenzy, is now almost flat at 33450.95. NSE is down 11.75 at 10321.50.
09.55 AM
After all the excitement, the BJP is once again pulling ahead according to trends. The ruling party is now in the lead in 106 seats. Congress has fallen back to 75 seats, a gain of 14 still. Either party needs 92 seats to claim power.
09.47 AM
Divine intervention

These Uttar Pradesh supporters of the BJP performed a havan in Varanasi as counting of votes continues for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.

Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is back in the lead from Rajkot West as we have reported. He was trailing earlier.


09.47 AM
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is back in the lead and ahead by 7600 votes from his constituency of Rajkot West, at the end of the third round of counting.
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09.38 AM
The swing away from the BJP is all the more massive when seen in the context of the 2014 Lok Sabha results. It is minus 65 for Modi's party, it is plus 63 for the Congress at the moment. Not the result BJP would have wanted to see after 41 rallies by the PM in Gujarat, as Omar Abdullah underlined earlier. 
09.32 AM
Congress leads in Godhra

Congress candidates continue to lead from all three seats after second round of counting in Morbi.


09.32 AM
Formal count could end up being close to local TV channels' count that currently shows Congress ahead, says poll guru Yogendra Yadav on NDTV. Is Yadav going to be proved right?
09.26 AM
Omar Abdullah's snipe at PM Modi


09.21 AM
The Gujarat surprise has rattled the markets. BSE metals, PSU, bankex, IPO indices decline steeply with a loss of over 2 percent each, reports Reuters. The rupee too has dropped sharply in early session, trades at 64.62 per dollar against the last close of 64.04.

09.12 AM
Gujarat early leads and trails

Shaktisinh Gohil of Congress is trailing even as Jignesh Mevani of the INDC continues to lead. Congress' Alpesh Thakore also leads as does BJP's Pradipsinh Jadeja.
It seems Vijay Rupani is back in the lead even as his second in line Nitin Patel, continues to trail.

09.07 AM
Trailblazing: CM Rupani, Deputy CM trail in early counts

Not only is Chief Minister Vijay Rupani now trailing in Rajkot West, his Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is also trailing!


09.07 AM
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani trailing in his Rajkot West Constituency now!
09.04 AM
Congress 74 and BJP 75 now. It is plus 22 for the Congress and minus 20 for the BJP at the moment in comparison to the 2012 Assembly Polls tally. There are going to be some real jitters in the BJP camp now.
09.01 AM
Ho ho ho! It is Congress' 70 to BJP's 71 now. This is getting exciting, at least for now. 
09.00 AM
TV reports suggest that counting has been stopped in Jamnagar following violent clashes


08.58 AM
Is there a twist in the tale? Congress leading in 65 to BJP's 72 now. Time to get hooked to the counting, if you already have been.
08.52 AM
If early leads are an indication, the Congress has certainly improved its showing with a gain of 11 seats in early count.The Congress now ahead in 51, the BJP in 75.
08.44 AM
Fresh numbers reflect a BJP lead in 73 seats. Meanwhile, Congress is ahead in 45 seats.


08.43 AM
Among the 66 BJP candidates now in the lead is CM Vijay Rupani, who is leading from his Rajkot West constituency. Congress is ahead in 32 seats, a gain at the moment of plus three. Remember these are only early leads.
08.36 AM
The BJP continues to stay on target for a nearly two-thirds majority on its own. Currently leads in 60 seats, a gain of 2. Congress is ahead in 24 seats, minus 2 at the moment in comparison to their 2012 tally.
08.31 AM
The BJP had won 115 of the 182 seats in the 2012 Assembly elections. If the trend indicated by the early leads hold, they are on target to at least emulate that. BJP currently ahead in 54 seats, a gain of two seats; Congress leads in 16 seats.
08.31 AM
Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti told ANI that all arrangements have been made by Gujarat's Chief Electoral officer to ensure smooth counting in all halls for the state assembly elections. “I assure you that there can be no tampering with the EVMs,” Joti said.

EC officials are monitoring counting centres through 1251 CCTV cameras installed in 37 centres.


08.26 AM
The BJP is ahead in 37 seats according to early leads. The Congress leads in 1. It is a gain of +1 at the moment for BJP in comparison to 2012.
08.22 AM
And a Facebook Post to be read following all the allegations of EVM rigging:
08.21 AM
BJP, Cong eye countdown

Officials at counting centre set up in Ahmedabad’s Gujarat College open ballot boxes as counting of votes begins.

Early trends from TV channels suggest the BJP is leading in 7 seats while the Congress is leading in 4.


08.18 AM
As we await the first leads, a column from Shekhar Gupta that is worthy of a read - on how Modi is losing his hold amongst Gujarat's disgruntled youth:
08.13 AM
Countdown to victory

Counting is scheduled to begin in Morbi, Tankara and Wankaner constituencies within half-an-hour. Counting staff hurrying up to the vote counting centre in Morbi.

Visuals from Election Commission’s webcasting control room in Gandhinagar. EC has installed a total of 1251 cameras across 37 counting centres in the state.


08.09 AM
Supporters perform havan outside Congress president Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi ahead of counting of votes.


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18 DECEMBER 2017

Battleground Gujarat: Verdict today

BJP hopes for 6th straight win; Congress looks to end its 32-year drought. The couting of the votes will begin at 8am and the rsults are likely to be out by afternoon.

16.28 PM
Congress, BJP confident of victory in Gujarat

Ahead of the vote count on Monday, both the ruling BJP and Congress expressed confidence of forming a government in the state.

"This will be a sixth consecutive and a historic win for the BJP," BJP spokesman G.V.L Narsimha Rao told IANS.

Meanwhile, Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed confidence that the Congress would win as the people of Gujarat have voted for change. 

09.12 AM
UPDATES - 17 December 2017

Re-polling in Gujarat

The re-polling at six polling stations of Gujarat commenced today.

It is being conducted in Vadgam, Viramgam, Daskroi and Savli polling stations.

The re-polling was ordered on Friday late night, citing technical reasons, where the Election Commission annulled the polling data that was present in the EVMs.

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UPDATES - 15 December 2017 

Modi Wave or EVM Wave?

Even as various exit polls predicted BJP victory in the Gujarat assembly elections, the AAP on Friday questioned these but said if results on December 18 indeed tallied with the predictions the BJP must have manipulated the EVMs.

14.30 PM
BJP heading for sweep in Gujarat: Exit Polls
At least three exit polls on Thursday showed the BJP was headed for a win in Gujarat after the two-phase assembly elections concluded in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.

17.26 PM
Voting for Gujarat Assembly Election ends as the second phase polling concludes. Now all eyes are on the exit polls that will give an insight into the battle between Congress and BJP.

17.09 PM
Sensex ends higher; Gujarat exit polls in focus

Indian shares rose on Thursday, rebounding from two days of losses, after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised rates but kept its outlook unchanged, although caution lingered ahead of the release of exit polls from elections in the state of Gujarat.

The benchmark BSE Sensex closed up 0.59 percent at 33,246.7 while the broader NSE Nifty ended 0.58 percent higher at 10,252.1. The indexes fell as much as 0.50 percent each earlier in the day.

16.43 PM
Meanwhile, voting was temporarily stopped in Chhaniyana village as voters alleged EVM rigging


16.10 PM
Congress workers march to EC in protest over PM Modi's roadshow

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained the Election Commission over Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi's interview to a channel in poll-bound Gujarat, the Congress on Thursday hit back and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated the Model Code of Conduct at Sabarmati in Gujarat by holding a roadshow after casting his vote.


15.37 PM
Voting gets underway in Godhra

People stand in queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Godhra in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. Voting started at 8 am and will end at 5 pm.

The turnout in the Gujarat assembly polls till noon was 29.3 per cent, according to the Election Commission. 2.22 crore voters are eligible to vote in the Gujarat elections. The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for the past 22 years.


15.31 PM
OBC campaign leader Alpesh Thakor votes in Patan

Congress leader Alpesh Thakor has cast his vote in Ahmedabad in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017.

Alpesh Thakor, 40, who spearheaded the OBC campaign in Gujarat before joining the Congress, was among the early voters today.

Thakor is contesting on a Congress ticket on the Radhanpur seat in Patan district, where he is taking on BJP's Lavangji Thakor.

"It is a matter of happiness for me that I was the first voter to cast vote at my polling booth. We are committed to changing the kind of politics happening in the state," he said as he came out of the booth after voting, news agency PTI reported.


15.12 PM
Meanwhile, the voter turnout in central Gujarat's Kheda was 46.42 percent, it was 45 percent in north Gujarat's Banaskantha.


15.06 PM
Congress likely to get 100 seats: Hardik Patel

Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel said the ruling BJP in Gujarat was set to lose the Gujarat assembly elections 2017, and that the Congress was likely to get around 100 seats in the 182-member house, news agency IANS reported.

"Official files have already started disappearing from the state Secretariat," Hardik Patel told reporters after casting his vote in Viramgam in Ahmedabad district in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017.

Hardik Patel said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was likely to get 70 seats. "The BJP has already accepted defeat -- that is why half of the government is out working in the elections." The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for the past 22 years. "People should vote to throw out the arrogant from power in Gujarat," he said, reported IANS.


14.59 PM
Congress to protest at EC office in Delhi

Congress to protest outside the Election Commission office in Delhi at 3.15 pm, India Today reported.

According to the report, the Congress will gherao the premises of the apex poll body to protest the inaction against BJP's alleged violations of election code of conduct.


14.53 PM
Meanwhile, the voter turnout in central Gujarat's Kheda was 46.42 percent, it was 45 percent in north Gujarat's Banaskantha.


14.46 PM
Communal clashes in Vadodara

According to The Indian Express, clashes between two groups have been reported in Savli Assembly Constituency in Vadodara. Few two wheelers were set on fire.

According to the report, it may have been a communal clash. Voting has been suspended for a while. Security personnel have reached the area to bring situation under control.


14.31 PM
LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad

Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad district's Jamalpur Khadiya in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017.

The BJP is hoping to retain Gujarat for the fifth term as it has been in power in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the past 22 years.


14.28 PM
"1.63% VVPATs replaced after mock polling," says election officer

"Out of total machines (EVMs) deployed for second phase of Gujarat polls, 1.63 per cent VVPATs replaced after mock polls. 0.88 per cent ballot units and 0.86 per cent control units also replaced," Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain told news agency ANI. 2.2 crore people are eligible to vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017, according to the Election Commission.

"Compared to phase one, there has been less than 50 per cent cases of EVM replacements in phase two. Our target remains to replace faulty EVMs as soon as possible," said Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain, new agency ANI reported.

"We are live web-casting from 1,700 booths. Security is properly deployed, and staff reached on time," he said. "We have given proper instructions to ensure that EVMs which encounter problems are changed in time so as to avoid any delay that was encountered during the first phase of polling," BB Swain said.


14.27 PM
BJP's "full fledged campaign on polling day", says P Chidambaram

Congress leader P Chidambaram accused the Election Commission of allowing a roadshow of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, saying it is a gross violation of rules and that the Commission was "sleeping on the job", news agency PTI reported.

"It is an election campaign. What is the EC doing?" he tweeted, reacting to PM Modi displaying his inked finger while moving about on an Ahmedabad road after casting his vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017.


13.47 PM
PM Modi after casting his vote walked with inked fingers among the public. However, the Congress has dubbed it a 'roadshow' and slammed PM for the same.

"PM Modi's roadshow after casting vote is a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct. EC it seems is working under pressure from PM and PMO," said Ashok Gehlot,Congress.
13.21 PM
Yogendra Yadav predicts BJP's fall in Gujarat

Swaraj India leader and political expert Yogendra Yadav has predicted a major drubbing for the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 in which the second round of voting is set to be held tomorrow.

Yadav, in the Twitter handle, has given three possible scenarios, all of which predict win for Congress. In 'Scenario 1', which Yadav terms as 'possible' outcome, the Congress is slated to win 92 seats while the BJP will manage 86 seats. Vote share of both the parties is likely to be 43%.


12.45 PM
Narendra Modi casts his vote in Ranip

PM Modi stood in a queue at booth number 115 in Sabarmati's Ranip locality to cast his vote. BJP's sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress' Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat.


12.02 PM
Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki votes in Anand

Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki has voted in Anand in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017.

The Gujarat assembly polls are being seen as a prestige battle for Prime Minister Modi, who belongs to Gujarat, and also the first major test of leadership for Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi. Counting of votes is on December 18.


11.43 AM
14% voting in Vadodara district

As of 11 am, Vadodara district has recorded a voter turnout of 14 per cent. Meanwhile Ahmedabad district has recorded a turnout of 9.6 percent till 10 am.


11.41 AM
Meanwhile, the Congress has petitioned the Election Commission for action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for addressing an event organised by an industry body on the eve of the final phase of the Gujarat polls where he attacked the main opposition party.

The Congress’s complaint came soon after the EC yesterday issued a show cause notice to Rahul Gandhi for prima facie violating the model code by giving interviews to Gujarati TV channels, and asked him to reply by December 18, failing which it will decide the matter without any reference to him.


11.29 AM
About 12 per cent voter turnout recorded in first two hours

Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain cast his vote in Gandhinagar. 



10.47 AM
Low voting turnout in Ahmedabad, claims India Today

According to India Today, the voter turnout till 10 am has only been ​around 9.6 percent.


10.43 AM
Arun Jaitley votes in Ahmedabad, hopes Gujaratis will continue to support 'vikaas yatra'

"Main Gujarat ki janta se appeal karta hoon ki vo bhaari maatra mein aayen aur vote karein, vikas yatra ko qayam rakhein," FM Arun Jaitley, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, said after casting his vote in Ahmedabad's Vejalpur


10.38 AM
Voting delayed by 50 minutes as EVM malfunctioning hits polling centre in Chhota Udaipur

The EVM in Sankheda's Sodhaliya village in Chhota Udaipur was dysfunctional for 50 minutes, so voting was halted for that duration. We fixed the machine and now the voting is underway: Gaurang Rana, Polling Officer.


10.08 AM
PM Modi's mother Hiraben votes in Gandhinagar

Modi's mother was accompanied by her younger son Pankaj Modi and other family members. After casting her vote, the prime minister's mother, who is in her 90s, showed her inked finger to media persons outside the poll booth.

"May god bless Gujarat," she told the reporters while emerging out of the poll booth.


10.01 AM
7% voting till 9 am

As per Election Commission reports, Gujarat has recorded seven percent voting till 9 am today.


09.59 AM
EC orders repolling in 6 booths

The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday ordered repolling in six booths, where first phase polling was held on 9 December. The repolls will be held on 14 December.

Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat BB Swain said the poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections.

The presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results necessitating the re-election.


09.25 AM
BJP President Amit Shah cast his vote in Naranpura


09.06 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President-designate Rahul Gandhi have appealed to the voters in Gujarat to exercise their franchise in the second phase of polling that has begun.

"Today is Phase 2 of the Gujarat elections. I request all those voting today to vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy," Modi said in a tweet.

"The ushering in of a new Gujarat has already begun. Your one vote will strengthen and empower the foundations of democracy. I appeal to the people of the state to vote more and more for a bright tomorrow," Gandhi tweeted.

08.38 AM
PM Modi's mother Heeraben arrives to cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar


08.23 AM
Gujarat second, final phase of assembly elections: 
Voting for 93 seats in the second phase of Gujarat Election 2017 begins.

18.07 PM
Over 70% voting in Gujarat first phase

Over cent voting was registered in Gujarat at close of polling at 5 pm in the first phase, though there were still long queues lined up to vote at most polling stations, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gujarat, B B Swain said on Saturday.


17.12 PM
Congress complains of EVM 'tampering' via bluetooth, EC orders probe

Senior Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia today complained of possible tampering with electronic voting machines at three polling booths in a Muslim-dominated area of Porbandar claiming that some machines were found to be connecting to external devices via bluetooth.

The Election Commission said that based on the Congress leader's complaint, an inquiry had been initiated.

"We detected that the EVMs at three polling booths at Memanwada, a Muslim-dominated area, are connected to external devices through bluetooth. When the bluetooth of a mobile phone is turned on, a device named 'ECO 105' is shown as available," Modhwadia, the Congress candidate from Porbandar, said.

This clearly means that the EVMs can be tampered with using the device via bluetooth, he alleged.

"The chips fitted in the EVMs appear to be programmable using bluetooth, and this raises the possibility of tampering. The voting system should be immune to such connectivity to external devices," he said.

Modhwadia said he had registered a complaint with the district election officer.

The election officer visited the booth and saw the display, he added.

Chief Election Officer B B Swain said an inquiry was ordered into the matter and the collector and the observer of the Election Commission (EC) were sent to the spot.


16.51 PM
Centenarians to the vote

115-year-old Ajiben Chandrwadia voted at a booth in Upleta town of Rajkot district. Another centenarian, a 104- year-old woman, exercised her franchise in Morbi district accompanied by her family members.


16.47 PM
Rahul Gandhi: Did PM Modi visit Dalits, Patidars when they were attacked?

Hitting back at Narendra Modi for saying that Congress leaders deserted the people of Gujarat during the floods, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday asked if the Prime Minister visited the houses of Dalits when members of the community were beaten up.

“Did Modi visit the houses of Dalits when their youths were beaten up?” Gandhi said at a rally at Harij in Patan district. The remarks seemed to be a reference to last year’s incident in Una, where four Dalit youths were flogged by ‘cow vigilantes’ in public, allegedly for cow slaughter. The video of their brutal thrashing had gone viral and led to widespread protests across the state.


15.24 PM
Voting resumes in Surat after 70 malfunctioning EVMs replaced

According to reports, 70 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had malfunctioned in Surat, some of which were later restored.

According to Indian Express, during the First Level Checks (FLCs) conducted across the state, the Election Commission (EC) has rejected 3,550 VVPATs that were found to be defective.

"There is no issue, at few places where machines had problems that has been resolved, machines have been replaced wherever required. Polling is going on peacefully," said Bhavnagar District Collector Harshad Patel.

The percentage of VVPAT rejection has been the highest in Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Patan districts, official sources said Wednesday.


15.05 PM
40.47% voter turnout recorded till 2 pm

The first phase of Gujarat assembly elections 2017 will be held on Saturday across 89 constituencies in Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions.

Over 2 crore 12 lakh voters will decide the fate of 977 candidates, including 57 women, in this phase.


15.02 PM
EVMs alright, says authorities

"There are no issues with the EVMs, a few places where the machines had problems, have been resolved. The machines were replaced wherever required. Polling is going on peacefully," says Bhavnagar District Collector, Harshad Patel.

"There are 24,000 polling booths in Gujarat, the problem has occurred in 7 or 8 booths," Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said.

"We have a number of EVMs in reserve. Concerned officials keeping continuous check," he said.


14.06 PM
No more 'Vikas'

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the issue of 'development' has been missing from his speeches.

"Vikas (development) is missing from the Prime Minister's speeches this time. What is the reason? There was no manifesto till the campaigning for the first phase ended. Is rhetoric the new government in Gujarat?"


13.13 PM
Voter turnout till 12 noon has been recorded at 31%

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says, "Voting trends look fine. We will win by a landslide margin. The BJP has given a great model of development in Gujarat and no party can question that. EVMs are questioned in every election, it is nothing new. The Election Commission will look into it."


12.55 PM
Voting was boycotted by the villagers of Kalyanpur in Jam Jodhpur constituency opposing the unavailability of water in the region.


12.23 PM
Voter turnout at 23%

The first phase of polling in Gujarat elections today has recorded around 23% voter turnout till 12pm, according to Tv9 Gujarati.

Around 11% voter turnout was recorded in the initial two hours during polling on 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions in the first phase of the crucial Gujarat assembly polls. After the polling process began at 8 am, people could be seen stepping out of their homes despite cold weather and queuing up to exercise their franchise at the polling stations.

According to officials, around 11% voting has been recorded in the first two hours. Although there were reports of technical glitches in EVMs in Surat and some other centres, the polling process resumed after the machines were replaced, officials of the Election Commission said.

In the first two hours, several important leaders and candidates cast their votes, including Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his opponent on Rajkot-West seat Indranil Rajyaguru, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani and Congress MLA of Amreli seat Paresh Dhanan, among others. Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara also cast his vote in Rajkot.


12.21 PM
"I want to tell all Congress leaders who are abusing me, mocking my poor family, asking who my parents are- this nation is my everything. Every moment of my time is devoted to India and 125 crore Indians," PM Modi.

"In every part of the nation, the Congress has misled the Muslim community. They have made fake promises of reservations for Muslims but in no state have they fulfilled their promise."

"Salman Nizami asks on Twitter- Modi who is your father, who is your mother? Among the other things he says- he calls for Azad Kashmir. He calls our army rapists. How can the people accept such people like Salman Nizami? He also says there will be an Afzal from every home," he said.
10.47 AM
1.5% EVMs in Surat malfunctioned, some have been restored

70 out of 4,397 electronic voting machines or EVMs have malfunctioned in Surat in the Gujarat assembly election 2017. The over 4,000 EVMs have been deployed at the 16 seats - 12 in Surat (urban) and four in Surat (rural). Some of the EVMs have been restored, officials said.

The total number of EVMs to be used in the first phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017 is 27,158 and the total number of polling stations is 24,689, according to the Election Commission.


10.08 AM
Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara casts his vote in Rajkot's Ravi Vidayalaya booth.


10.03 AM
A couple comes to a polling station in Bharuch to cast their vote in the Gujarat assembly election 2017 before their wedding ceremony.

The Bharuch assembly constituency is one of the largest industrial areas including Ankleshwar GIDC and it is sometimes called the chemical capital of India. In the 2012 Gujarat elections, BJP's Dushyantbhai Patel won from this seat while Congress's Sandip Mangrola could not win.

Patel Dushyantbhai Rajnikant of BJP is fighting the Gujarat assembly election 2017 against Patel Jayeshbhai Ambalal of the Congress.


09.33 AM
Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader Vijay Rupani has cast his vote at a polling booth in Rajkot in the Gujarat election 2017.

Gujarat's Rajkot-West seat has been a BJP stronghold and is considered safe for the ruling BJP, which has been representing it since 1985.

But this time the elections in this constituency could heat up with Vijay Rupani facing Congress leader Indranil Rajyaguru, the legislator (MLA) from Rajkot East and who is also the richest candidate in the Gujarat election 2017.


08.55 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the voters, particularly the youngsters, to cast their votes in the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections.

"Phase 1 of Gujarat polls begin. Urging all those voting today to turnout in record numbers and vote. I particularly call upon youngsters to exercise their franchise," he said in a tweet.

08.47 AM
BJP Gujarat Chief Jitubhai Vaghani casts his vote in Bhavnagar

"We are going to win 150+ seats under the leadership of PM Modi ji, we face no obstacles," he said.


08.45 AM
27,158 EVMs being used in 24,689 polling stations in the first phase of Gujarat polls 2017.