Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022: In the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections, voting is being held on 89 seats today. Voting will take place between 8 am to 5 pm. There are 788 candidates in the fray for these seats falling in 19 districts of the state.
Ahmedabad: In the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections, voting is being held on 89 seats today. Voting will take place between 8 am to 5 pm. There are 788 candidates in the fray for these seats falling in 19 districts of the state. In the first phase, more than 2 crore voters will use their vote. The biggest challenge for the BJP in this election is the Aam Aadmi Party, which has managed to push back the Congress in the contest.
There are over 5.74 lakh first-time voters and 4,945 voters above 99 years of age who will vote in the first phase of the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha elections. 25,430 polling stations have been set up for the purpose. Out of the 788 candidates, 718 are male candidates whereas 70 are females, according to the Election Commission of India.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia urged voters to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise, especially first-time voters, ahead of the polling.
Some key points:
– The 89 seats are spread across 19 districts in the Kutch and Saurashtra regions and the southern part of the state. The seats on which special attention will be paid today are Morbi, Kutch, Rajkot, Porbandar and Junagadh.
– In Gujarat, BJP is ruling the state since 1995. The real challenge for the party is to arrest the decline in numbers. The party’s score has been shrinking since 2002—falling from 137 to 99 in the 2018 election.
– AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal has also done vigorous rallies in Gujarat. Buoyed by the landslide victory in Punjab earlier this year, the Delhi chief minister has made Gujarat the party’s next target.
– Out of the total 89 seats in the first phase, six to seven seats are such where Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party ie AAP has influence. Six of these seats are from Surat district. Whereas, one seat is in Dwarka district.
– The BJP has conducted a high voltage campaign, carpet-bombing the state with high-profile leaders.
– BJP released its manifesto for Gujarat elections. The party has promised to give double the number of jobs than the Congress. BJP has talked about giving 20 lakh jobs in 5 years, while Congress has talked about giving 10 lakh jobs.
– PM Modi has so far done 20 rallies for the Gujarat assembly elections. Along with this, he has participated in two programs. In this way, before the second round of voting, PM Modi would have addressed 27 meetings in Gujarat.