Ahmedabad, Dec 14: Voting for the second and final phase of Gujarat assembly elections began today on 93 seats of North and Central Gujarat.
After an acrimonious campaign, around 2.22 crore voters would be exercising their franchise to choose between the two main contenders, the BJP and the Congress.
A total of 851 candidates are in the fray for the second phase.
Prominent candidates in the fray for today's battle include state deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, who is contesting from Mehsana, Alpesh Thakor (Radhanpur), and Jignesh Mevani (Vadgam).
In Maninagar, the constituency once represented by Prime Minister Naredra Modi, Congress has given ticket to foreign- educated young face Sweta Bhrambhatt against BJP's sitting MLA Suresh Patel. Modi had vacated the constituency after becoming the PM in 2014.
The first phase of voting for the 182-member house, held on December 9, covered 89 seats.
The election is being seen as a "prestige battle" for Prime Minister Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi.
Here are the LIVE updates:
- With 65% turnout till 4 PM, voting for Gujarat Assembly Election ends
-Voting for Gujarat Assembly Election ends as the second phase polling concludes
-All-women polling station in Vadodara, being managed completely by women
-BJP delegation leaves from the office of the Election Commission of India
47.40% voter turnout till 2 pm in phase two of Gujarat Election 2017: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer
He added, "We received a complaint from a person, apparently when he switched on bluetooth on his mobile phone it connected to the machine, we are checking this at every place, senior officers&observers at the spot to check this."
-"Chief Election Commissioner was always acting and is even today acting like PM Modi's personal secretary. This is shameful for the Election Commissioner, "Congress Spokesperson Surjewala.
-PM Modi's road show after casting vote is a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct. EC it seems is working under pressure from PM and PMO: Ashok Gehlot,Congress
-Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad District's Jamalpur Khadiya
-Compared to phase 1, less than 50% cases of EVM replacements in phase 2. Our target remains to replace the faulty EVMs as soon as possible: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer
-Former Cricketer Nayan Mongia casts his vote in Vadodara's Akota. Seemaben Akshaykumar Mohile of BJP is contesting against Ranjit Sharadchandra Chavan of Congress here
-39% voting till 12 pm in second phase of Gujarat Assembly Polls
-PM Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati's Ranip locality
-PM Modi stands in queue at booth number 115 in Sabarmati's Ranip locality to cast his vote
-PM Modi arrives in Sabarmati's Ranip locality to cast his vote at booth number 115
-Congress state chief Bharatsinh Solanki casts his vote in polling booth no.201 in Anand
-Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar
-Deputy CM Nitin Patel casts his vote in Mehsana's Kadi. He is contesting against Congress's Jivabhai Patel
-PAAS leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Viramgam
-The EVM in Sankheda's Sodhaliya village in Chhota Udaipur was dysfunctional for 50 minutes, so voting was halted for that duration. We fixed the machine and now the voting is underway: Gaurang Rana, Polling Officer
- FM Arun Jaitley in queue to vote at polling booth no.961 in Ahmedabad's Vejalpur
- Media surrounds BJP President Amit Shah as he leaves after voting in Ahmedabad's Naranpura
- Shankersinh Vaghela cast his vote in Gandhinagar's Vasan village
- BJP President Amit Shah cast his vote in Naranpura
-Parents of Hardik Patel Bharat Patel and Usha Patel cast their votes in Viramgam
-PM Modi's mother Heeraben cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar