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Gujarat Election Second Phase 2017 LIVE Updates: 9.6% Voter Turnout Till 10 AM In Ahmedabad Gujarat Election Second Phase 2017 LIVE Updates: 9.6% Voter Turnout Till 10 AM In Ahmedabad

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Gujarat elections second phase 2017: Polling is being held on 93 assembly seats in 14 districts



The people of Gujarat are voting in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. Voting started at 8 am and will end at 5 pm. 851 candidates are fighting it out. Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP chief Amit Shah are among those who have cast their votes early. Polling is being held on 93 Gujarat assembly seats in 14 districts in north and central parts of the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led an aggressive election campaign for the BJP. Gujarat has 182 assembly seats. The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for the last 22 years. The Congress is also looking to make a comeback in Gujarat; party president-elect Rahul Gandhi led the Congress campaign for the Gujarat assembly polls. According to the Election Commission, 2.22 crore people are eligible to vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. The first phase of polling was held on 89 assembly constituencies in Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions on December 9. The voting turnout was 68 per cent that day, according to the Election Commission.

Here are the live updates of the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017:


 


Dec 14, 201711:27 (IST)Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki votes in Anand

Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki has voted in Anand in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. In Ahmedabad, voter turnout till 10 am has been reported at 9.6 per cent. The Gujarat assembly polls are being seen as a prestige battle for Prime Minister Modi, who belongs to Gujarat, and also the first major test of leadership for Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi. Counting of votes is on December 18.


Dec 14, 201711:20 (IST)Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain votes in Gandhinagar

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. Both the Congress and the BJP ran a high-decibel campaign ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections. The BJP has been in power in PM Modi's home state for the last 22 years. The Congress is also hoping to win in Gujarat, and has struck a deal with Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.


Dec 14, 201710:53 (IST)Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel votes in Mehsana

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has cast his vote in Mehsana's Kadi in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. He is contesting against the Congress's Jivabhai Patel on this seat. In November, Nitin Patel accused senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal of "misleading the Patels". Nitin Patel said Mr Sibal, a lawyer, himself had argued before the top court in 90s against increasing the reservation quota and now he is advocating the quota demand by young leader Hardik Patel-led outfit Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).


Dec 14, 201710:44 (IST)Hardik Patel votes in Viramgam

Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel has cast his vote in Viramgam. Hardik Patel, who is 24 years old, is too young to contest elections. He has pledged support to the Congress in Gujarat, where the BJP has been in power for the last 22 years. Hardik Patel has accused the BJP in Gujarat for doing little for the benefit of the Patidar or Patel community.



"I think Congress will win. BJP will lose. I'm confident and don't need to prepare an appeal to vote for your future," Hardik Patel said after casting his vote.

Dec 14, 201710:34 (IST)Continue journey of development, says Amit Shah

After casting his vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017, BJP president Amit Shah said, "I would like to appeal to the voters to come out in large numbers to cast their vote to take ahead the journey of development." He cast his vote at a polling booth in Naranpura, news agency PTI reported. His wife Sonal Shah and son Jay Shah also cast their vote.



"I believe this tempo should be maintained, and the people should vote in large numbers to give a befitting reply to those opposing the Gujarat model," Amit Shah said. He then went to Kameshwar Shiva temple with his family members.Dec 14, 201710:17 (IST)Stocks open in green as Gujarat votes in second phase

The Sensex opened in the green by jumping 117 points today on value-buying in blue-chips ahead of exit poll results for the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. Asian stocks moved sideways, news agency PTI reported. The NSE Nifty went above the 10,200-mark. The 30-share BSE index was up 116.70 points, or 0.35 per cent, at 33,169.74. The Sensex had lost 402.75 in the previous two sessions, disappointed by grim economic data and the ADB lowering India's economic growth forecast. Analysts said optimistic buying by participants ahead of exit poll results for the Gujarat assembly polls later in the day had a bearing on mood.Dec 14, 201710:15 (IST)EVM stopped working for 50 minutes, says polling officer

"The EVM in Sankheda's Sodhaliya village in Chhota Udaipur was not working for 50 minutes, so voting was halted for that duration," polling officer Gaurang Rana told news agency ANI on the day when the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017 is being held. "We fixed the machine and now the voting is underway," Mr Rana said. Some electronic voting machines had to be replaced during the first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls on December 9 after they malfunctioned.



Polling officer Gaurang Rana.

Dec 14, 201710:04 (IST)Arun Jaitley casts his vote in Ahmedabad's Vejalpur

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stands in a queue at a polling booth in Ahmedabad's Vejalpur to cast his vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) and last year's demonetisation will come into play in the mind of voters as they vote in the Gujarat assembly polls. Arun Jaitley recently said the economic expansion recorded in July-September period marks the reversal of the declining trend of growth seen in the last few quarters.



"I appeal to the people of Gujarat to vote in large numbers, continue the journey of development," Arun Jaitley said.

Dec 14, 201709:45 (IST)Shankersinh Vaghela votes in Gandhinagar

Jan Vikalp leader Shankersinh Vaghela has cast his vote in Gandhinagar's Vasan village in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017. In 1996, when he had walked out of the BJP, Mr Vaghela had floated the Rashtriya Janata Party. He later merged the party with the Congress. Two decades later, Mr Vaghela, angry at not being projected as presumptive chief minister of the party in the Gujarat assembly polls, led a revolt against the Congress in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha polls earlier this year.


Dec 14, 201709:28 (IST)BJP chief Amit Shah votes in Ahmedabad's Naranpura

BJP president Amit Shah has cast his vote in Naranpura in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. The BJP has been in power in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, for the past 22 years. Amit Shah on Wednesday criticised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who in a video statement said he is "deeply hurt" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegations that he colluded with Pakistani guests at a dinner and discussed the Gujarat assembly polls.



"The journey of development has begun. Vote in large numbers. Participate in this festival of democracy. The Gujarat model is talked about across the world..." Amit Shah said.

Dec 14, 201709:06 (IST)Hardik Patel's parents cast their vote

Patel Bharat Patel and Usha Patel, the parents of Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, have cast their votes in Viramgam in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. Hardik Patel, who is 24 years old, is too young to contest the Gujarat assembly polls. He has, however, pledged support to the Congress in Gujarat.



Hardik Patel's mother speaks to reporters after casting her vote in the Gujarat assembly polls 2017.

Dec 14, 201708:33 (IST)PM Modi's mother casts her vote in Gandhinagar

Hiraben, the mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cast her vote at a polling booth in Gandhinagar in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. Voting in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly polls will end at 5 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also cast his vote in the second phase today. "May god bless Gujarat," she told the reporters as she came out after casting her vote.


Dec 14, 201708:28 (IST)Anandiben Patel votes in Ahmedabad's Ghatlodia

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel casts her vote in Ahmedabad's Ghatlodia in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. BJP's Bhupendra Patel is up against Congress's Shashikant Patel on this assembly seat. The results of the Gujarat assembly polls will be announced on December 18. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi have tweeted asking people to vote in record numbers.Dec 14, 201708:23 (IST)Voting underway in Hardik Patel's hometown

Voting is underway in Viramgam's polling booth number 252 in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017. This is Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel's home town. Hardik Patel has said he will try to bring down the BJP in Gujarat; the party has been in power in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state for 22 years. The BJP is guilty of failing to support the demand of Patidars, its loyal votebank for decades, Hardik Patel has said.


Dec 14, 201708:19 (IST)Hardik Patel's mother prays

The mother of Hardik Patel, the Patidar or Patel quota agitation leader, prays as voting for the second phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017 starts. Hardik Patel has called the Gujarat elections a "people versus the BJP" battle. During campaigning, he said it should be a "people's victory, not someone's defeat". Hardik Patel is 24 years old and so is too young to contest elections. He has pledged support for the Congress after much back and forth.



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