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Gujarat Assembly elections Live Updates: 69% voting recorded in second phase

Gujarat Assembly elections LIVE UPDATES: Voting began at 8 am; 93 constituencies across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat are undergoing polls today.

Gujarat Elections Live Updates: PM Modi cast his vote in Sabarmati (Express photo by Javed Raja)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cast his vote in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality in the ongoing second and final phase of the Gujarat assembly polls. Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) sitting MLA Arvind Patel is contesting against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat.

Earlier, PAAS leader Hardik Patel, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president Amit Shah also cast their votes in their respective constituencies.

Ninety-three constituencies spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat are going to polls. A total of 851 candidates are in the fray and over 2.22 crore people are taking part in the election to decide their fate. Follow LIVE updates of the exit polls here.

Gujarat Assembly elections LIVE UPDATES

7.12 pm: “No FIR has been lodged against Rahul Gandhi. He has only been issued a notice under model code of conduct and given 5 days time to respond to it,” says Election Commission

7.05 pm: Regarding the matter of PM attending the launch of a submarine, it is not under jurisdiction of Model Code of Conduct and no permission was also sought from the EC, says Election Commission

7.00 pm: “Last night, a Congress delegation met EC over several allegations made by them. EC deliberated and wrote to CEO to submit his report by Thursday. The matter is under examination and under due deliberation,” says Election Commission

6.40 pm: 68.70 % voting recorded in the second phase of polling in Gujarat. Sabarkantha district saw the maximum polling at 77 percent.

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5:01 pm Voting for Gujarat Assembly Election ends as the second phase polling concludes

4.15 pm: A major clash has been reported in Chaniyana village, Banaskantha district. Voting has stopped from 12 noon

4.00 pm: “Have received a complaint regarding Model Code violation after PM Modi voted. It is a complaint that is is more anticipatory in nature which says a crowd was there and this could be a roadshow. This complaint has been given to DEO Ahmedabad,” says Swain

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3.45 pm: “We received a complaint from a person that when he switched on Bluetooth on his mobile phone, it connected to the EVM machine. We are checking this at every place, senior officers and observers are at the spot to check this,” Swain said

3.40 pm: 47.40% voter turnout till 2 pm in phase two of Gujarat elections, says state Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain

3.30 pm: Congress workers march to the Election Commission office in New Delhi to protest against PM Modi’s roadshow after casting his vote on Thursday. They were stopped by police outside Sardar Patel Bhawan near Patel Chowk. Police have beefed up security near the EC office.

3.20 pm: BJP-Congress workers clash in Anand assembly Constituency, pelt stones, damage cars. Police is at the spot to control the situation.

3.10 pm: Sojitra assembly constituency in Anand district has recorded 52.07 per cent voting till 2 pm, the highest in the district. The total voter turnout at Anand district until 2 pm is 47.01 per cent. Vadodara district, which has 10 assembly constituencies, saw a voter turnout of 48.85 per cent until 2 pm. Karjan assembly constituency recorded the highest polling at 56.62 per cent. Dabhoi assembly constituency saw 56.08 per cent voter turnout

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3.05 pm: Banaskantha records 49.77 per cent voting till 2 pm. Highest polling seen in Vav constituency with 58.54 per cent

3.04 pm: Jitpura village in Umreth assembly constituency of Anand district has submitted a memorandum to the district collector boycotting the polls. The villagers are unhappy since the government has not processed their request to grant Jitpura the status of a revenue village.

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3.00 pm: A voter in Manjalpur, which falls under Vadodara City district, said his vote had already been cast through EVM before he reached the polling station. The returning officer has taken manual voting of the person and assured that his electronic vote will be canceled.

2.50 pm: Gujarat MLC Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said, “The clash occurred when youths belonging to both communities came face to face. Soon a mob gathered and set two-wheelers on fire. The police have also received a complaint six months ago when the Bharwad community objected to the marriage of a girl from their community to the Muslim youth.”

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2:00 pm: Voting at Savli Assembly Constituency in Vadodara has been suspended after reports emerged about clashes between two groups in Wankaner village. Initial reports suggested that it was a communal clash. Few two-wheelers were set on fire. Security personnel have reached the area to bring situation under control. Vadodara DEO P Bharti has sought a report from Savli Returning Officer about the clash.

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1:58 pm: Average polling in Gujarat till 12 pm is 29.30 per cent; highest in Sabarkantha at 36.56 per cent and lowest Ahmedabad at 23.92 per cent.

1:45 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad District’s Jamalpur Khadiya.

Gujarat elections Live Updates: Senior BJP leader LK Advani cast his vote in Ahmedabad District’s Jamalpur Khadiya

1:20 pm: “PM Modi’s road show after casting vote is a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct. It seems that the Election Commission is working under pressure from the PM and PMO, ” ANI quotes Congress leader as saying in a press conference.

1:15 pm: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer, says that compared to phase 1, less than 50 per cent cases of EVM replacements have been reported in phase 2. “Our target remains to replace the faulty EVMs as soon as possible,” ANI quotes Swain as saying.

“We have received two complaints regarding presence of Bluetooth in polling booths in Ghatlodia and Mehsana,” he adds.

1:00 pm: Polling in Samyana village in Vadgam constituency stopped in protest by Patidar due to a cross mark opposite Jignesh Mevani’s election symbol. However, later on it resumed.

12:45 pm: Former cricketer Nayan Mongia casts his vote in Vadodara’s Akota. Seemaben Akshaykumar Mohile of BJP is contesting against Ranjit Sharadchandra Chavan of Congress at this seat.

12:40 pm: 39 per cent voting has been recorded till 12 pm in the ongoing second phase polling in Gujarat, reports ANI.

12:30 pm: BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha urges people of Gujarat to come out in large number and vote in the ongoing second phase polling.

12:20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality. BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat.

Gujarat elections Live Updates: PM Modi cast vote in Sabarmati

12:10 pm: PM Modi arrives in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote at booth number 115. BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat.

11:45 am: A voter turnout of 9.6 per cent has been registered till 10 am in the Ahmedabad district in the ongoing second and final phase of state assembly polls in Gujarat.

11:40 am: People gather in large numbers in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will cast his vote. The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for the last 22 years. The Congress is also looking to make a comeback.

11:25 am:  Congress Gujarat chief Bharatsinh Solanki casts his vote in Anand.  In Ahmedabad, voter turnout till 10 am has been reported at 9.6 per cent.

11:10 am: 12.81 per cent voter turnout in Vadodara till now. Panchmahal registered voter turnout of 13. 50 per cent in first two hours.

11:00 am: Zero per cent voter turnout in Savli, Waghodia, Padra, Akota and Vadodara City Assembly Constituencies in Vadodara District. Officials say the figures haven’t been tallied yet … so they have released it as zero per cent.

10:55 am: Thasra Assembly Constituency in Kheda district records 11.83 per cent voter turnout until 10 am.  Amul chairman Ramsinh Parmar, who defected from the Congress to the BJP during the Rajya Sabha polls, is contesting as a BJP candidate from this constituency.

10:45 am: Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel casts his vote in Mehsana’s Kadi. He is contesting against Congress’s Jivabhai Patel.

10:40 am: PAAS leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Viramgam. 24-year-old Patel has pledged support to the Congress in Gujarat.

Gujarat elections Live Updates: Patidar leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Viramgram.

10:35 am: 

Gujarat elections Live Updates: Voters in Ahmedabad queue-up (Express photo by Javed Raja)

10:20 am: 63 cases of malfunction of EVMs and VVPATs reported during mock poll in the second phase of assembly elections in Gujarat

10:05 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley casts his vote in Ahmedabad’s Vejalpur. He urges the people of Gujarat to come out in huge numbers and exercise their right to vote. READ MORE

10:00 am: 

9:58 am:

Gujarat elections Live Updates: People coming out of polling booth, close to the house of Shwetang Patek killed during Patidar agitation in 2015, at India colony in Thakkarbapanagar, Ahmedabad.

9:40 am: Shankersinh Vaghela casts his vote in Gandhinagar’s Vasan village. Thirty-five years after he won his first election from Kapadvanj, Vaghela, now 77, has chosen to stay out of the 2017 campaign.

9:35 am: Gujarat elections: Voters queue-up as state goes for second phase of polling

Gujarat elections Live Updates: An old woman being taken to a polling booth in Ahmedabad.

9:20 am: BJP president Amit Shah casts his votes in Naranpura, Ahmedabad. Shah had on Wednesday criticised former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who in a video statement said he is “deeply hurt” by PM Modi’s allegations that he colluded with Pakistani guests at a dinner and discussed the Gujarat assembly polls.

Gujarat elections LIVE UPDATES: BJP president Amit Shah casts his vote in Ahmedabad

9:00 am:

8:55 am: Prime Minister Modi’s mother Heeraben cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar.

8:45 am: Three polling stations in Vadodara City Assembly Constituency report malfunctioning of EVM machines. Election officers replace the machines to start voting.

8:35 am:

8:23 am: Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel casts her vote in Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia.

8:20 am: 

Gujarat elections LIVE UDPATES: People wait in queue to cast their votes

8:15 am: Priests from the Swaminarayan temple sect queue up to cast their votes at a polling station in Babajipura in Vadodara city.

Gujarat elections LIVE UPDATES: Priests from the Swaminarayan temple sect queue up to cast their votes at a polling station in Babajipura in Vadodara. (Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

8:05 am: 

8:00 am: Voting for second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections begins.

7:57 am:

7:50 am: “To my fellow citizens of Gujarat: Every vote matters. Just go out and vote. Vote for a change of government after 22 years. Don’t underestimate the power of your vote. Every vote can bring about change,” says senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

7:10 am: Welcome to our live blog on the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections. Voting will begin at 8 am in 93 constituencies spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat. Follow our blog for latest news and updates from Gujarat.

7 :00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people of Gujarat to vote in “record numbers” in the second and final phase of assembly polls.

First published on: 14-12-2017 at 07:27:59 am
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