Gandhinagar election result 2019: BJP president Amit Shah is hoping to make his debut in Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat which is considered to be saffron party's citadel. Shah has replaced LK Advani who had won 2014 election by over four lakh votes.
Gandhinagar election result 2019 LIVE: BJP is currently leading from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency where BJP chief Amit Shah is pitted against Congress’ CJ Chavda and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Jayendra Karshanbhai Rathod. Shah has taken a strong lead as he looks set to retain LK Advani’s seat.
When the Bharatiya Janata Party decided against giving Lok Sabha election 2019 ticket to patriarch Lal Krishna Advani from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat, it faced severe criticism from the Opposition and scrutiny from the media. However, the saffron party was unperturbed by the attacks and went on to pick Amit Shah to contest the election. Amit Shah, who is considered to be the BJP’s master poll strategist, now faces the challenge of protecting the party’s citadel. His challengers include Congress’ CJ Chavda and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Jayendra Karshanbhai Rathod. Voting in Gandhinagar was held on April 23. Counting of votes will begin shortly.
GANDHINAGAR LOK SABHA ELECTIONS RESULTS UPDATES:
6.16 pm: BJP president Amit Shah is leading his closest rival Congress candidate C.J. Chavda by a margin of over 5.5 lakh votes.
2.31 pm: Amit Shah leads Congress candidate C J Chavda by 510,787 votes.
11.58 am: BJP president Amit Shah leads from Gandhinagar by 286,165 votes against Congress candidate C J Chavda. Chavda has got 134,186 votes so far.
9.46 am: Amit Shah leads by 63,849 votes in Gandhinagar. Congress candidate C J Chavda trails.
Gandhinagar is considered to be a safe seat for top BJP leaders. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had won the seat in 1996 and LK Advani kept the seat with him since 1998. Advani had defeated his nearest rival Congress’ Kiritbhai Ishvarnhai Patel by massive margin of over four lakh votes in 2014. In 2009 Lok Sabha election, he had defeated Congress candidate Sureshkumar Chaturdas Patel 1.20 lakh votes.
Amit Shah appears confident of making a debut in Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and is banking on his years old relation with the area. “I pasted posters and painted walls when I was in charge of a booth,” Amit Shah said addressing an election rally here ahead of filing his nomination paper while recalling his days as a booth incharge in Naranpura, an assembly segment of Gandhinagar.
Shah also highlighted that it was his privilege to contest election from a seat which leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani has represented in the past.
As per the 2009 data of Election Commission, the Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency has a total of 1,555,709 electorates out of which 756,045 are females and 799,664 are males.
Gandhinagar which boasts of numerous industries is also famous as a tourist destination with major attractions like Akshardham temple, GIFT Tower – state’s tallest building, Mahatma Mandir.
Situated on the bank of Sabarmati River, Gandhinagar district’s population is 1,387,478, as per the 2011 census.