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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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bakul - GANDHINAGAR
very good voting percentage. i hope that in 2nd phase it will be more
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archaraghunath - chennai
If Modi goverment continues Gujarat will continue the progress and develop
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suresh - Ahmedabad
Only Modi. All other are useless.
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Alpesh - mehsana
all the best to mr.modi
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jitendra parmar - Ahmedabad
A perfect turnout in first phase of voting, Great Gujarat. Vande Matram..
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sanjay patel - kungher-patan
narendra modi is the only man who can handle the whole assambly members of bjp gujarat and he is a vikas puras , he have change the situation of gujarat state. and made a model state. in his period there is 24 hours vijli in all gujarat and a water in canel at the farmer land. we are proud that we got this cm in our state.
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BHAGIRATH RANAVAYA - NAGKA
congratulation TO N ARJUN BHAI MODHWADIA
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sachin - a.p
jai development jai bjp
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Deepak - Patna
Narendra bhai modi is magician for gujrat
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BHAGIRATH - PORBANDAR
congratulatioN ARJUN BHAI MODHWADIYA
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Dipak - Patna
Narendra bhai modi is magician for gujrat
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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.



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heartly congratulation to n.modi



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