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Gujarat Elections 2017: Voting For Phase 1 Of Assembly Polls End

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| December 9 , 2017 , 17:07 IST

The first round of voting for this year's most anticipated Gujarat Elections have ended on 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions. PM Narendra Modi's home state has witnessed aggressive campaigning from both the BJP and Congress to influence over 2.12 crore voters for supporting their respective parties.

Gujarat's current Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will compete during the Phase 1 elections among the total of 977 candidates. The round matters the most, given the total of 58 seats which fall under the Saurashtra and Kutch regions which will determine the better chances for a party to form the next government.

Surat also known as the diamond and textile hub of the country has been adversely affected by the implementation of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will surely hamper in BJP claiming the 12 seats falling under the region. The second and third phase of the elections will take place on December 14 and 18 respectively.

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Gujarat Assembly elections have proved to be the war ground for contenders who are competing against each other for governing the state for the upcoming tenure. While BJP is not leaving any stone unturned for keeping their legacy, Congress vice-President is also taken the challenge heads on.

In the previous state assembly elections in 2012, from the 58 Saurashtra and Kutch seats, BJP had won 35 seats, the Congress won 20, the now-defunct Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) won 2 seats and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 1 seat.

Almost 27,158 EVMs are being used in 24,689 polling stations. The prestige battle between BJP and Congress has turned bitter at many instances. However, PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi has urged the voters to exercise their franchise in large number irrespective of who they vote for but paatidar leader has requested people to vote against BJP.