Peaceful polling has been conducted in the first phase of assembly polls in Gujrat on Thursday. Nearly 57 percent of polling has been reported at 5 pm. But this figure is likely to be increased as final data are still awaited.
The first phase of polls covered 89 assembly constituencies of Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat. A total of 788 candidates including 70 women are in fray in this phase.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel, Union Minister Parsottam Rupala, Darshna ben Jardosh, former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Former Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, BJP’s State President CR Patil, Congress leader Paresh Dhanani exercised their voting rights on Thursday.
Several prominent candidates from the ruling BJP, Congress, and Aam Admi Party are in the fray in the first phase in Surat and Narmada districts. Known for tourism, textiles and diamond industries both districts have registered good turnout.
All the seats are likely to have triangular fight. However, in few seats, the independent candidates may also impact the polls result.
Among others, the political fate of BJP’s Vinu Moradiya, Mukesh Patel and Kumar Kanani, Congress leader Praful Togadia and Nilesh Kumbhani have been sealed today. For the Aam Admi Party’s Gopal Italia, Dharmik Malaviya and Ram Dhaduk are the prime contenders from Surat.