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Gujarat polls 2012: Record 68 percent turnout in phase 1

Last Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 23:43
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Gujarat polls 2012: Record 68 percent turnout in phase 1 Rajkot/Ahmedabad: A record 68 percent voter turnout was registered in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections on Thursday in the biggest electoral test for BJP stalwart and Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is seeking a third straight term.

The fate of state's top political leaders including the the fledgling Gujarat Parivartan Party(GPP) president Keshubhai Patel, a former Chief Minister and Modi's bete noire, BJP's R C Faldu and Congress' Arjun Modhwadia were sealed in the polling in 87 of the 182 Assembly constituencies.

The voting amid tight security was peaceful barring a couple of incidents of violence and a few complaints of technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines(EVM).

"67.65 percent voting has taken place in the phase one of the state elections," Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karval said in Ahmedabad tonight.

The second phase will be held on December 17 while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 20.

Today's polling covered 48 in seven districts of Saurashtra region, 35 seats in seven districts of south Gujarat and four seats in Ahmedabad district.

The high voter turnout in Saurashtra and South Gujarat is being considered significant by the political observers.

The Saurashtra region, which is home to the powerful Patel community, could pose a tough challenge to Modi with Keshubhai Patel, who quit the BJP to form GPP, leading the charge. Modi succeeded Patel in 2001 as Chief Minister before he led BJP to thumping victories in 2002 and 2007.

Today's voter turnout is the highest in the elections held so far in Gujarat.

The highest polling recorded earlier was 63.70 per in 1967 elections. In 2007, the voter turnout was 59.77 per cent.

Even in 2002, when Gujarat was riding on the pro-BJP wave, 61.55 per cent voting was recorded.

"Just as Gujarat broke the record by registering 68 per cent record voter turnout, the BJP will break all records in winning the state assembly elections," Modi said, addressing an election rally in Vadodara.

The assembly constituencies of Jasdan and Morbi registered 79 per cent polling, the highest in Rajkot district, collector and chief election officer Rajendra Kumar said.

"The voting was peaceful and three was no major incident of violence registered," he said.

Of the 2,582 EVMs deployed for voting, only six had to be replaced, he said, adding there were 64 complaints, mainly pertaining to missing of names from the voters' list.

The average voting in the district was little over 69 per cent with Jasdan and Morbi topping the list at 79 per cent each followed by Dhoraji (75 per cent), Jetpur (72), Wankaner (70) Rajkot East (67), Rajkot Rural (67), Rajkot West (65), Rajkot South (64) and Tankara (60 per cent), he said.

Elsewhere in Saurashtra region, Amreli recorded 66 per cent voting followed by Bhavnagar (65), Jamnagar (65), Porbandar (65), Surendra Nagar (62) Junagadh (59), an official said.

PTI

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First Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 08:19
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SAGAR MORE - SHIRPUR
100% guaranteed that NaMo will PM and he will definitely progress our Nation.
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Anil - Ahmedabad
Modi on Hatrick
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Mehta Parag S - Surat
Higher side of voting trend saws that `` MODI KA JADU FIR SE CHAL GAYA``.
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piyush bhimani - junagadh
keshubhai patel is win all time.........................!
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Bhavan Desai - Ahmedabad
V Cheers for Modi.... Surely BJP will win.
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Amit Pandya - Gandhinagar
Narendra Modi will win with record break seats in favour of BJP, and Gujarat will show how to get rid from congress, Youth of Guajrat is with Narendra Modi not with person who can`t even win 100 seats in a single state.
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abhishek sanghvi - jhabua ( m.p)
modiji ugta hua suraj hai jo kabhi rukta nahin apne samay se chalta hai aur jiske bina duniya chalti nahin . . . so enjoy modi raj and be happy. gud luck gujarat...
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Paresh - Mehsana
Kam kanewale hi jitege bolnewale nahi. N. Modi will win.
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jitu patel - georgia...USA
yes modi is sure ...but now this victory should not change his mind where he my turn out from his real motto ....gujrat no vikas .....end of bharastachar....
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Ashish Kumar Thakor - Anand
Wait and Watch...Modi will win the race and others will only watch it.....best of luck to Modi sir.....
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shashikant mehta - Mumbai
What was the roll of Keshubhai for handling Earth quaue in Kutch? He can also not speak properly. There is no way for him against the progress by Mr. Modi. Also Mr. Narendra Mody holds events & festivals in different district head qurters so that progress is every where? We have received only inflation - taxes and higher price rise in Congress led Maharashtra.



Sompal Tanwar - Haryana
Modi is the great achiever of the development. 33000 MW electricity produced in gujrat only. he is the really hero for our nation.



vijay singh rana - dholpur
heartly congratulation to n.modi



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