Ahmedabad: A total of 1.65 lakh voters are expected to exercise their franchise on Monday for the bypoll to Mansa Assembly constituency, which has been made a prestige issue by BJP and Congress.
The byelection was necessitated following death of former Speaker Mangaldas Patel.
As the state assembly elections are scheduled to be held in December 2012, the candidate elected from this seat will have a term of mere eight months.
However, the election has been made a prestige issue by both the main parties as it is considered to be only major election that will be held before the state assembly elections later this year.
DD Patel of BJP is pitted against Babuji Thakor of Congress for the seat.
BJP has deputed senior leaders, who campaigned for the elections, to monitor the process, party office-bearers said. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said his party was expecting a "positive" outcome in the contest.
Mansa has been represented by BJP from 1995, but the margin of victory has remained slander for the party.
In 2007, Mangaldas Patel had defeated Thakore (who is again contesting on Congress ticket this time) by just over 3000 votes.
Tight security arrangements have been made for the poll where videography will be conducted on each booth of the constituency. The counting will be held on March 21.