Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022: Campaigning for 2nd phase ends; see key candidates and constituencies to watch out for
Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022: 833 candidates are contesting in the 93 constituencies that will go to polls in the second and final phase on December 5. The results will be declared on December 8.
Ahmedabad: Campaigning for the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections ended at 5 pm on Saturday. 833 candidates are contesting in the 93 constituencies that will go to polls on December 5 and results will be declared on December 8. Voter turnout of 63.31 % was recorded as of 5 pm on Thursday across 89 Assembly seats in the first phase of Gujarat elections. The fate of 788 candidates will be decided in the first phase. Barring a few incidents, polling was largely peaceful across all 89 seats in south Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions which went to polls in the first phase. The leading contenders in the elections are the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The 93 constituencies where polling will be held on Monday are spread across 14 districts of north and central Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Gandhinagar.
There are 2.54 crore registered voters in these constituencies. Polling will be held at 26,409 booths and nearly 36,000 Electronic Voting Machines will be used. The Election Commission will deploy 29,000 presiding officers and over 84,000 polling officers in 14 districts, said an official release.
key candidates and constituencies to watch out for
Prominent candidates in the second phase include Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from Ghatlodia, Patidar leader Hardik Patel from Viramgam and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar South. Both Hardik Patel and Thakor are contesting on BJP ticket.
The ruling BJP is also facing a challenge from rebel candidates in some places in the second phase. Sitting BJP MLA from Waghodia, Madhu Shrivastav is contesting as an independent after being denied party ticket. Former BJP MLAs Dinu Solanki, Dhavalsinh Zala and Harshad Vasava are also in the fray as independents from Padra, Bayad and Nandod seats.
On Saturday, the BJP had planned several roadshows and rallies of their star campaigners. Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Smriti Irani and BJP president J P Nadda also campaigned for the ruling party in the second phase. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addressed rallies in Ahmedabad and Waghodia. For AAP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led roadshows and addressed rallies in the last two days.
(With PTI inputs)