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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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Vikas Makwana - Junagadh
I just want to say that everbody please open the eyes nobody is hero for us neither BJP or CONGRESS or OTHER PARTY.what government is giving to us nothing just check the gov. jobs or business we are not getting anything. Rich people are becoming more rich but most of the peoples are falling in middle class where nothing is happening.our best docters, engg or high professional are not getting good valuable support, recongnisation of there knowledge so other country hired them and our gujarat government just sees all that. i just want to highlight that that every 3 month there should be election if they not performing just fired then and give chance to others.GUJARATI PEOPLE IF YOU HAVE FOOD IN YOUR HOUSE THEN YOU CAN EAT OTHERWISE YOU CAN DIES NO PARTY COMES AT YOUR HOME AND SAY WE ARE GIVING YOU THE FOODS AND SHELTER ETC WHICH ARE NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL.SO PLEASE JAGO
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Vikas Makwana - Junagadh
what to do twith voting and hero of BJP,congress or any other party. we are gujrati people are not benifitted at all from anybodys party there are nothing called employement which gives better life to human beings.the election has to be done for every 3months all those who are not performing fired them out and give the chance to other.nothing in happening in aGUJARAT. our best docters, engg, professionals are hired by other country and as our government is just seeing all things.so please Gujarati Jago nobody is doing for us if we have food at our home then we can survive otherwise we can die.
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Jayesh Rakholiya - Ahmedabad
During been C.M. , Keshubhai had done nothing in his area ``Visavadar``from where he has gone to fight against BJP.What will he do if may be he will win? Answer is ``NOTHING``
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Jayesh Rakholiya - Ahmedabad
During been C.M. , Keshubhai had done nothing in his area ``Visavadar``from where he has gone to fight against BJP.What will he do if may be he will win? Answer is ``NOTHING``
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vijay singh rana - dholpur
heartly congratulation to n.modi
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dinesh - new delhi
good luck modi, good luck india
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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.
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divyam - VAdodara
Yes...The rays are with modi.coz we got devlpmt,peace,and employment..
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Paresh - Mehsana
Correct man, i agree with you !!!!!!!
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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.
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Ravindra Pratap SIngh - Lucknow
Yes, no chance for Keshu bhai
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MNS - Mumbai
You should go back to Gujrat, if you are so fond of him and Gujrat. Dont waste your time in mumbai if you are not happy here !
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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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