Voting begins for first phase of Gujarat assembly polls

Ahmedabad, Dec 13 (ANI): Voting on 87 constituencies for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections began today amidst tight security.

The polling, which began at 8 a.m. will continue till 5 p.m. The constituencies where polling started include 48 in seven districts of Saurashtra, 35 seats in five districts of south Gujarat and four seats in Ahmedabad district.

A total of 846 candidates are in fray. For this phase, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates on all 87 seats going to the poll, whereas Congress is contesting on 84 and Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) on 83 seats.

Prominent candidates, whose fate would be decided in this phase, include Keshubhai Patel, Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava, Gujarat BJP president R C Faldu, state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil.

The Election Commission (EC) has made robust security arrangements to ensure that voting is carried out peacefully.

A total of 44 thousand 579 polling stations have been set up. Out of which, 17 thousand booths have been identified as critical and extra precautions have been taken. (ANI)

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