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‘BJP will script NEW HISTORY’: Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi on exit poll projections

Gujarat Exit Polls: Most exit polls predicted a big mandate for the BJP in Gujarat in the range of 117-148 seats in the 182-member assembly, while the Congress was predicted to bag seats in the range of 30-51 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party was projected to bag anything between three and 13 seats. The majority mark in Gujarat is 92.

‘BJP will script NEW HISTORY’: Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi on exit poll projections

NEW DELHI: Gujarat’s Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi on Monday said that his party will script a new history in the state after a majority of exit polls projected a thumping majority for the ruling BJP in the high-stake Gujarat Assembly Elections. Sanghavi also thanked the voters of Gujarat for coming out in large numbers to cast their votes and reaffirming their faith in his party. “BJP along with the people of Gujarat is scripting new history. The people of Gujarat have fought the elections more than the BJP. Our party, BJP, will further expedite the development in the state,” Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said while reacting to the exit poll projections.

 

 

Remarks from Sanghavi came after exit polls predicted a big majority for the BJP in Gujarat while most of them gave an edge to it in Himachal Pradesh, indicating re-election of the ruling party in both states.

Most exit polls predicted a big mandate for the BJP in Gujarat in the range of 117-148 seats in the 182-member assembly, while the Congress was predicted to bag seats in the range of 30-51 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party was projected to bag anything between three and 13 seats. The majority mark in Gujarat is 92.

Exit polls also predicted a close fight between the BJP and the Congress in Himachal Pradesh where results could go either way. A voter turnout of 59.19 per cent was recorded till 5 pm on Monday across 93 seats in the second and final phase of the Assembly elections in Gujarat, said the Elections Commission (EC), down from nearly 70 per cent polling registered in these constituencies in 2017.

Barring a few untoward incidents, the polling was peaceful in the 93 Assembly seats spread across 14 districts of north and central regions of Gujarat, where 833 candidates were in the fray.

The state administration received multiple complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs (electronic voting machines) and VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trails) from many places due to which voting at those booths was impacted. The provisional voter turnout in the second phase till 5 pm was 59.19 per cent, the EC said, adding the figure is expected to increase as many people were still standing in queues at many booths.

The final voting figure is expected to rise further as collecting data from some polling stations takes time and the number does not include postal ballots. The final voter turnout in the second phase of the 2017 Assembly election on these 93 seats stood at 69.99 per cent.

The turnout in the first phase of the 2022 elections across 89 Assembly seats, where voting took place on December 1, was 63.31 per cent. Gujarat, which has a 182-member House, had registered 68.41 per cent voting in the Assembly polls five years ago.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Sukhram Rathva of the Congress were prominent among those who cast their votes in the second and final phase of elections.

The electoral fate of CM Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 832 other candidates in the fray in the second phase, including 285 independents, was locked in the EVMs. District-wise, Sabarkantha recorded the highest voting at 65.84 per cent. Ahmedabad district recorded the lowest turnout at 53.57 per cent till 5 pm. In Vadodara, it was 58 per cent, the EC said.

Prime Minister Modi voted at a polling station at Nishan High School in Ahmedabad city's Ranip area in the morning. His centenarian mother Hiraba Modi cast her ballot at a polling station in Gandhinagar district. Union Minister Shah exercised his franchise at a municipal centre in Naranpura locality of Ahmedabad city.

AAP leader Gadhvi voted at a booth in Ghuma locality here. He is the AAP candidate from the Khambhalia seat in Devbhumi Dwarka district where polling was held in the first phase on December 1.

Apart from CM Bhupendra Patel, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor, and Congress leader Jignesh Mevani were among those in the fray in the second phase of polls. Voting began at 8 am across 14,975 polling stations. The poll body said 41 ballot units, 40 control units and 109 voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs) were replaced due to malfunctioning during the initial hours of voting. A VVPAT is connected with EVM through a printer and allows a voter to check if his/her vote has been cast as per his/her wishes.

The BJP and the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP contested on all 93 seats. The Congress contested 90 seats and its alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has fielded candidates on two Assembly segments. Among other parties, the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) has fielded 12 candidates and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 44.

In the 2017 Assembly polls, the ruling BJP had won 51 of these seats, Congress 39, while three seats went to independent candidates. In central Gujarat, the BJP had bagged 37 seats, outnumbering the Congress which got 22. But in north Gujarat, the Congress had bagged 17 seats, while the saffron party got 14. The counting of votes polled in all the 182 Assembly seats will be taken up on December 8. Altogether, 1,621 candidates are vying for the 182 seats.

 Of the total 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat, polling for 89 segments was held on December 1 when an average voter turnout of 63.31 per cent was recorded.  The counting of votes in all the seats will be taken up on December 8.

(With ANI Inputs)

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