A total of 68 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of the high-stakes assembly elections in Gujarat on Saturday, the Congress and BJP were locked in a head-to-head contest in the voting for the 89 seats of the total 182 in the state.
The highest voter turnout was recorded in Navsari and Morbi districts with 75 per cent.
The voting for 93 remaining seats of north and central Gujarat, including Chhota Udepur, will be held on December 14.
A total of 977 candidates are in fray for the first phase polls. Prominent candidates include Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who is contesting from Rajkot (West), and Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil (Mandvi) and Paresh Dhanani (Amreli).
The election is viewed as a prestige battle for PM Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. The campaign shaped up as a duel between Modi and Gandhi.
Meanwhile in Bharuch, after complaints of EVM malfunctioning, Bharuch District Collector said: "Few voters in polling booth 4 said their votes are going to some other candidate. Polling Officer said it’ll be tested & if it’s found to be false action will be taken against them. Those voters left without tests. There’s no truth behind such reports."
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