Come Monday and Gujarat votes in its second phase. Going to battle will be 93 seats across 14 districts, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Gandhinagar. PM Modi is expected to arrive in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening. He will cast his vote at Nishan School (Ranip) after seeking blessings from mother Heeraben.
The second phase spans Central and North Gujarat. The first phase on Dec 1 across 19 districts and 89 seats, covered Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat. Gujarat is seeing a triangular fight between the ruling party, the Congress and aggressive debutante in the western state, the Aam Aadmi Party. According to reports, voter turnout in the first phase was at 60 per cent. In all, 182 constituency seats have pitted 1,621 candidates across 93 Assembly segments. Significant seats in the second phase include CM Bhupendra Patel’s Ghatlodia, Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s Viramgam and BJP candidate Alpesh Thakor’s Gandhinagar (South).
All 21 of the Assembly seats in Ahmedabad district have received EVMs. Authorised personnel have already been deputed at all 1,353polling stations. In Gandhinagar, five Assembly seats are gearing up for the footfall on Monday. MHA Amit Shah is expected to vote at the Municipal Sub-Zonal Office, Naranpura at 10:30 am. On the other hand, CM Bhupendra Patel has been scheduled for a 9 am balloting at Booth 95 in Shilaj Primary School. The second phase is hinged on 2.54 crore eligible voters who have been listed across 26,409 polling stations. The Election Commission (EC) has enlisted the services of 84,000 polling personnel and 29,000 presiding officers across the 14 poll-bound districts. Real time monitoring has been set up at sensitive polling stations. Additionally, the Education Review Center at Gandhinagar (Gujarat Education Department) will be the third eye, actively observing crucial polling places. CCTV cameras will be set up for continual vigil.