Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 Highlights: Over 60% voter turnout was recorded on Thursday as polling in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls ended at 5 pm. Barring a few untoward incidents and reports of technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in some places, the voting process, was largely peaceful, Chief Electoral Officer P Bharathi said.
Political parties on Friday will continue their campaigns for the second phase of the elections. PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to address public rallies at four places today; he began his programmes with the 12 pm campaign in Banaskantha’s Kakrej. Union Home minister Amit Shah will also address the public at four places today. AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi, and leader Gopal Italia will campaign for the party. For the Congress, MP Shaktisinh Gohil is expected to conduct rallies in Thasra and Matar assembly constituencies.
The northern districts which will go to polls on December 5 for the second phase will be a tough battleground for all parties as the Congress has performed better than the BJP in the last two assembly elections there. Congress will try to retain its edge in the region, which accounts for 32 seats, while BJP is facing rebellion in some pockets.