Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who appears set for a hat-trick in the Assembly polls, is leading by 70,000 votes in Maninagar constituency against Shweta Bhatt.
Modi has polled 94,646 votes while Shweta, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, has polled 24,095 votes so far after 12 rounds of counting, official sources said.
In 2007, Modi had won the elections by more than 87,000 votes.
The widely expected victory triggered noisy celebrations by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters.
Modi, 62, has ruled Gujarat since October 2001 when he replaced incumbent chief minister Keshubhai Patel.
He became Gujarat's longest serving chief minister in July 2007 when he completed 2,063 days in office. In December 2007, he led the BJP to victory for the second time in a row.
BJP appears all set to come to power in the state for the third consecutive term as it was leading in 114 constituencies out of 181, where trends were available.
Congress was leading on 62 seats, NCP on one, Gujarat Parivartan Party on three and JD(U) on one, according to state election office sources.