Gujarat polls phase 2: PM Modi casts vote in Ahmedabad

Prime minister Narendra Modi cast his vote in the second phase of assembly elections in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad today. He exercised his franchise at Nishan public school, Ranip in Ahmedabad. Earlier, he left from Gandhinagar Raj Bhavan to cast his vote. Prior to casting his vote, Modi also greeted people on his way to the school. 

He stood in the queue at the polling booth, waiting for his turn to vote. Earlier, today, he urged the people of the state to vote in large numbers. The voting began at 8 am today and will continue till 5 pm. Modi tweeted, “Urging all those who are voting in phase 2 of the Gujarat elections, especially the young voters and women voters to vote in large numbers. I will be casting my vote in Ahmedabad at around 9 AM.”

Polling in the second and final phase is being conducted for 93 Assembly constituencies across 14 districts of north and central Gujarat. As many as 833 candidates from 61 parties are in the fray in the second phase of the Gujarat elections whose fate will be decided by over 2.51 crore electorates. The EC has established 26,409 polling booths and nearly 36,000 EVMs will be used for the purpose. Around 29,000 presiding officers and over 84,000 polling officers have been deployed in 14 districts to facilitate the polls.

Total of 2,51,58,730 voters will vote, of which, 1,29,26,501are men, 1,22,31,335 are women and 894 are from the third gender. During the first phase of polling on December 1, Gujarat saw an overall turnout of 63.14%. The voting began at 8 am in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions. The first phase of voting for 89 seats in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat ended on December 1, with an overall turnout of 63.31%. The results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly election will be announced on December 8. 

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