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  1. Gujarat election 2017 LIVE UPDATES Phase 2: EC has become captive puppet of PM Modi, BJP, says Congress

Gujarat election 2017 LIVE UPDATES Phase 2: EC has become captive puppet of PM Modi, BJP, says Congress

Gujarat election 2017 LIVE UPDATES Phase 2: After an unexpectedly heated campaign by leaders of BJP and Congress, polling for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 has begun in 93 constituencies of the state.

By: | Updated: December 14, 2017 1:49 PM
SEEGujarat election 2017 LIVE UPDATES Phase 2: PM Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote. BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat. (ANI)

Gujarat election 2017 LIVE UPDATES Phase 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cast his vote in the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. He waited in a queue to exercise his right at a polling booth set up at a school in Sabarmati constituency of Ahmedabad district. After an unexpectedly heated campaign by leaders of BJP and Congress, polling for the Phase 2 of Assembly elections began in 93 constituencies across the state this morning. Besides PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, state Congress president Bharat Solanki and Patidar leader Hardik Patel were amongst those who voted. PM’s mother Heeraben also turned up among early voters and cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar. Meanwhile, Congress has lashed out at the Election Commission (EC) for allowing PM Modi to hold ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad. The party has termed the EC as ‘captive puppet’ of BJP. The votes will be counted on December 18. Stay tuned to this section to keep a track on latest Live updates.

Check LIVE UPDATES of Gujarat Election 2017 Phase 2 polling here:

1: 45 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad District’s Jamalpur Khadiya.

(ANI)

1: 40 pm: Five lakh five thousand crore NPA of public sector bank increased during Modi regime: Congress leader RS Surjewala

1: 38 pm: “Election Commission is working as a frontal organisation of BJP… Why did EC turn a blind eye on Amit Shah’s PC yesterday at a public place like Ahmedabad airport?” asks Congress leader RS Surjewala

1: 35 pm: RS Surjewala hit out at PM Modi and said ,” The way PM is openly violating guidelines and doing roadshow, this shows Election Commission is a puppet and constitution is being violated.”

1: 33 pm: Election Commission has sidelined itself from all constitutional responsibilities, says RS Surjewala

1: 32 pm: PM’s activities indicated that he wants to be somehow significant during Gujarat elections: Congress leader RS Surjewala

1: 30 pm: EC has become the captive puppet of BJP, says RS Surjewala, Congress.

1: 23 pm: 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

1: 21 pm: Voting has stopped at Simlaj village of Aravali district after voters alleged that the button of the Congress candidate on the EVM was not working, reported News18.

1: 20 pm: SEE PICS-

1: 17 pm: Around 39% voting recorded statewide till 12 PM in phase 2 polls- BB Swain

1: 13 pm: Out of total machines deployed for second phase of Gujarat Polls 1.63% VVPATs replaced after mock polls. 0.88 % Ballot Units and 0.86% Control Units also replaced: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer

1: 10 pm: Meanwhile, as per themedia report, Election Commission sources have confirmed that the evidence provided by the Congress was not enough to initiate any action after the Congress filed a report on PM Modi’s violation of poll code.

1: 04 pm: We have received two complaints regarding presence of Bluetooth in polling booths in Ghatlodia and Mehsana.We sent observers to the spot: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer

12: 59 pm: 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

12: 54 pm: Up to noon, Sabarkantha district registered a total voter turnout of 36.56 %. In Aravalli district, the total voter turnout till noon was pegged at 31.95 percent. Overall, the voter turnout is around 39 percent till noon.

12: 51 pm: SEE PICS- From PM Narendra Modi mother, Amit Shah to Arun Jaitley, check out who all turned up to vote

12: 46 pm: 39% average voter turnout has been recorded until noon during the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. 28.15% voter turnout in Anand district and 31% voting in Baroda district, reported News18.

12: 43 pm: PM Narendra Modi leaves after casting his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality. Watch Video-

12: 40 pm: Former Cricketer Nayan Mongia casts his vote in Vadodara’s Akota. Seemaben Akshaykumar Mohile of BJP is contesting against Ranjit Sharadchandra Chavan of Congress.

12: 38 pm: 39% voting till 12 pm in second phase of Gujarat polls.

12: 33 pm: Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson, Randeep S Surjewala raised his voice against alleged ‘double standards’ of an Election Commission. He took to Twitter and called for a special press conference at 1 pm.

12: 30 pm: Out of total machines deployed for second phase of Gujarat Polls 1.63% VVPATs replaced after mock polls. 0.88 % Ballot Units and 0.86% Control Units also replaced, says BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer.

12: 25 pm: PM Modi, after voting, in Ranip, Gujarat. Watch Video-

12: 23 pm: PM Modi leaves after casting his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality. Watch photos-

(ANI)
(ANI)

12: 19 pm: PM Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality.

12: 16 pm: Watch Video– PM arrive in Sabarmati’s Ranip to cast his vote:

12: 11 pm: PM Modi stands in queue at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote.

(ANI)

12: 09 pm: PM Modi arrives in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote at booth number 115.

(ANI)

12: 01 pm: BJP’s Tejshreeben Patel casts her vote in Viramgaam

11: 56 am: People gather in large numbers in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will cast his vote. PM Modi will cast his vote at booth number 115. The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for the last 22 years. The Congress is also looking to make a comeback.

11: 53 am: PM Modi arrived in Ahmedabad to cast his vote. He took to Twitter and said –

11: 52 am: Amit Shah said the development model of Gujarat is “praised across the country”. “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,” he said.

11: 50 am: Earlier in the day, after casting his vote in the Naranpura area, BJP chief Amit Shah appealed to the public to come out to vote in large numbers to carry forward the “journey of development”. He came to the polling booth at the Naranpura sub-zonal office to cast vote along with his wife Sonal Shah and son Jay Shah. “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,” Amit Shah told reporters after coming out of the polling booth.

11: 48 am: Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil and Sidhdharth Patel cast their vote in Gandhinagar and Dabhoi, respectively.

11: 45 am: As of 11:31 am, voters turnout is 16.2% in battleground Gujarat.

11: 42 am: WATCH VIDEO- People eagerly waiting for PM Modi’s arrival.

11: 38 am: Visuals from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will cast his vote at booth number 115 here.

(ANI)
(ANI)

11: 37 am: PM Modi is expected to arrive in Ranip, Gujarat to cast his vote.

11: 35 am: Zero per cent voter turnout in Savli, Waghodia, Padra, Akota and Vadodara City Assembly Constituencies in Vadodara District. Officials say the figures haven’t been tallied yet … so they have released it as zero per cent.

11: 27 am: Thasra Assembly Constituency in Kheda district records 11.83 per cent voter turnout until 10 am.  Amul chairman Ramsinh Parmar, who defected from the Congress to the BJP during the Rajya Sabha polls, is contesting as a BJP candidate from this constituency.

11: 22 am: Congress state chief Bharatsinh Solanki casts his vote in polling booth no.201 in Anand.

(ANI)

11: 19 am: Amit Shah, BJP encouraging people in Gujarat to vote today. WATCH VIDEO-

11: 16 am: Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar.

(ANI)

11: 13 am: At 10 am, average voter turnout in Anand district is at 13% and 11.77% in Patan district.

11: 11 am: A delegation of Congress leaders comprising Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma and Randeep Surjewala handed over a memorandum to the poll body, demanding strong action against Modi and other BJP leaders for addressing press conferences and events on the eve of the last phase of polling in Gujarat. “We are going to the Election Commission with a memorandum demanding action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Piyush Goyal and others for violating the model code,” Anand Sharma told reporters before meeting the poll panel. He said the EC should remain non-partisan.

11: 08 am: Meanwhile, the Congress has petitioned the Election Commission for action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for addressing an event organised by an industry body on the eve of the final phase of the Gujarat polls where he attacked the main opposition party.

11: 05 am: “I hope people use their rights for a better administration,” says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP.

11: 01 am: “I am very confident that result will be very positive… BJP has not done any development. Gujarat’s voter is very smart. Roti, Kapda, Makaan’ is important for a voter,” says PAAS leader Hardik Patel

10: 55 am: At 10:30 am, Ahmedabad district’s average voter turnout is reported to be 9.6%, reported News18.

10: 50 am: While speaking to media, PAAS leader Hardik Patel said, “Vote against those who oppressed us. I am confident that six crore Gujaratis will win on 18 December.”

(ANI)

10: 45 am: Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel casts his vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections. Watch Video-

10: 40 am: Deputy CM Nitin Patel casts his vote in Mehsana’s Kadi. He is contesting against Congress’s Jivabhai Patel.

10: 38 am: After an acrimonious campaign, around 2.22 crore voters would be exercising their franchise today to choose between the two main contenders, the BJP and the Congress. A total of 851 candidates are in fray for the second phase. The first phase of voting for the 182-member House, held on December 9, covered 89 seats. Voting began at 8 am today and will end at 5 this evening. Votes will be counted on Monday, December 18.

10: 35 am: WATCH VIDEO-

10: 32 am: Former chief minister Anandiben Patel also cast her vote. Patel, who is not contesting the election, cast her vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia Assembly constituency, from where she was an MLA. This time, the BJP has fielded Bhupendra Patel from the seat, who is pitted against Congress’ Shashikant Patel. “I am sure that BJP will achieve the target it has set for itself and the party will again form the government. Our candidate will get more votes than what I had got, and the Patidar factor is not going to affect us,” Patel told reporters after casting her vote.

10: 29 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraba today cast her vote at a poll booth located at Aryabhatt High School in Gandhinagar today. She was accompanied by her younger son Pankaj Modi and other family members. After casting her vote, the prime minister’s mother, who is in her 90s, showed her inked finger to mediapersons outside the poll booth. “May God bless Gujarat,” she told the reporters while emerging out of the poll booth.

10: 27 am:  “I appeal to the people of Gujarat to vote on the lotus mark and pave the way for development’s victory. Vote first and have breakfast after,” tweets BJP spokesperson.

10: 25 am: Low turnout was witnessed at almost every booth in Juhapura, the Muslim-dominated area of Ahmedabad, reported the ET. Some booths recorded as low as 20 votes till 9.30am, the report added.

10: 22 am: 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,

10: 16 am: BJP veteran L K Advani has not campaigned in Gujarat, but he will be in the state on Thursday to vote, reported the Indian Express. While Advani will vote at a booth in Jamalpur-Khadiya Assembly constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will vote around noon — in Sabarmati constituency.

10: 10 am: Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel offers his prayers in a temple ahead of casting his vote in the second phase of the Gujarat elections.

10: 04 am: After casting his vote in Ahmedabad’s Vejalpur, FM Aru Jaitley appealed to the people of the state to come out and vote in heavy numbers. While addressing the media, FM said that Gujarat has moved forward in terms of development, and continues the ‘Vikas Yatra’. “Main Gujarat ki janta se appeal karta hoon ki vo bhaari maatra mein aayen aur vote karein, vikas yatra ko qayam rakhein,” says Jaitley.

10: 00 am: Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sent a tough message on ‘proxy war’, terrorism and issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir. He said this in Mumbai while commissioning India’s first indigenously-built Scorpene-class submarine ‘INS Kalvari’ into the Indian Navy.

9: 58 am: Nobody has spoken of development during the campaigning: Ravi Srivastava, Political Analyst

9: 56 am: FM Arun Jaitley in queue to vote at polling booth no.961 in Ahmedabad’s Vejalpur.

9: 53 AM: As the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls commenced on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested people to vote in “recording numbers” and enrich the “festival of democracy.”

9: 50 am:  WATCH VIDEO | Patidar leader Hardik Patel, casts his vote in Viramgam, Gujarat.

9: 45 am: Media surrounds BJP President AmitShah as he leaves after voting in Ahmedabad’s Naranpura.

(ANI)

9: 40 am: Shankersinh Vaghela cast his vote in Gandhinagar’s Vasan village.

(ANI)

9: 37 am: While talking to media, Hardik Patel said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be defeated in the elections.

9: 30 am: Three polling stations in Vadodara City have reported malfunctioning EVM machines. Election Commission officers have replaced the machines, reported News18.

9: 26 am: Congress candidates wealthier than that of BJP

#ElectionsWithNews18 — A snapshot of BJP and Congress candidates contesting in Gujarat Phase 2 polls #BattleForGujarat #GujaratRound2

9: 24 am: PM Modi will vote at a polling booth in the Nishan High School in Ranip locality of Sabarmati, reported NDTV. His polling station is about 10 km from the river from where he took off in a seaplane on Tuesday.

9: 18 am: BJP President Amit Shah cast his vote in Naranpura.

(ANI)
(ANI)

9: 16 am: The influential Patidar community, which accounts for around 12 per cent of the state’s population, could prove to be the ‘X factor’ in the polls. Patidar quota warrior Hardik Patel has pledged support to the Congress and appealed to the people to “uproot the BJP” this time.

9: 11 am: In the 2012 assembly polls, the BJP had won 115 seats, while the Congress bagged 61. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18

9: 09 am: The battlefield Gujarat which witnessed a vitriolic campaign goes into the decisive phase today, in the elections being viewed as precursor to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
WATCH VIDEO-

9: 07 am: 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.
WATCH VIDEO-

9: 05 am: Parents of Hardik Patel Bharat Patel and Usha Patel cast their votes in Viramgam.

9: 03 am: WATCH VIDEO- Heeraben Modi arrives to vote

9: 01 am: 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.

8: 59 am: PM Modi’s mother Heeraben cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar.

(ANI)
(ANI)
(ANI)

8: 56 am: In the 2012 assembly polls, the BJP won 115 seats, while the Congress bagged 61.

8: 52 am: Meanwhile, repolling will be held tomorrow in two booths of Jamjodhpur constituency, two booths in Una, one in Nijjar, and one in Umargam. The results will be declared on December 18.

8: 46 am: The voter turnout in the first phase of the polls was 68 per cent.

8: 44 am: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 93 candidates for this phase, while Congress has fielded only 91. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah, and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will also visit their constituencies to cast their votes.

8: 40 am: A total of 851 candidates are in the fray and over 2.22 lakh people will take part in the election to decide their fate. The security has been increased in various parts of the state in the wake of the polls.

8: 33 am: Former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel casts her vote in Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia. BJP’s Bhupendra Patel is up against Congress’s Shashikant Patel on this seat.

8: 30 am: PM Modi’s mother Heeraben arrives to cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar.

(ANI)

8: 26 am: Meanwhile, repolling will be held tomorrow in two booths of Jamjodhpur constituency, two booths in Una, one in Nijjar, and one in Umargam. The results will be declared on December 18. In the 2012 assembly polls, the BJP won 115 seats, while the Congress bagged 61.

8: 22 am: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 93 candidates for this phase, while Congress has fielded only 91. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will also visit their constituencies to cast their votes. The voter turnout in the first phase of the polls was 68 per cent.

8: 17 am: Elections are being held in Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A total of 25,575 polling booths have been set up in 14,523 places.

8: 14 am: Voting underway in Viramgam’s polling booth number 252. This is PAAS leader Hardik Patel ‘s home town

(ANI)
(ANI)

8: 11 am: In the final stages of the electioneering, Modi set off a political firestorm after he alleged during a rally in Palanpur that Pakistan was trying to influence the Gujarat polls. He claimed that some Pakistani officials and former prime minister Manmohan Singh met a day before Mani Shankar Aiyar made the “neech aadmi” jibe against him. However, the next day Manmohan Singh asked Modi to apologise to the nation for his remarks.

8: 08 am: Hardik Patel’s parents pray as voting for second phase of Gujarat Election begins.

(ANI)

8: 06 am: The electioneering for the second phase concluded on Tuesday after Modi took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat, and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple and holding a road show.

8: 03 am: Voting for 93 seats in second phase of Gujarat Election 2017 begins

7: 59 am: Voting for the second phase of Gujarat Election 2017 to begin shortly. Visuals from Vadodara’s Kasba.Polling booth no.12.

(ANI)
(ANI)

7: 56 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has also appealed to the masses of Gujarat to vote for better future of the state. He took to Twitter and said:

7: 53 am: Meanwhile, on Thursday PM Modi has requested people of Gujarat to come out and cast their vote and enrich the festival of democracy. “Today is Phase 2 of the Gujarat elections. I request all those voting today to vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

7: 50 am: Smallest and largest constituencies by area and by electorate in phase two of Gujarat Election 2017

7: 46 am: The elections, being viewed as precursor to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, are a prestige battle for Modi, who helmed the campaign for the ruling BJP in his home state, and a litmus test for Gandhi, who spearheaded the campaign for the Congress.

7: 42 am: Voting for second phase of Gujarat Election 2017 to begin shortly. Visuals from polling booth no.121 in Mehsana’s Kadi.

(ANI)
(ANI)

7: 35 am: In its bid to form a caste bloc against the BJP, the Congress has won over Hardik Patel, Thakor and Mevani, who have emerged as the young Turks representing the Patidars, OBCs and Dalits respectively.

7: 32 am: In Maninagar, the constituency once represented by PM 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.

7: 22 am: Vadgam SC seat is another key constituency from where independent candidate Jignesh Mevani is fighting the election on Congress support against BJP’s Vijay Chakravarti.

7: 14 am: Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress, is seeking election from Radhanpur constituency. Lavingji Thakor of the BJP is contesting against him.

7: 08 am: Prominent candidates in the fray for today’s battle include state deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, who is contesting from Mehsana against Jivabhai Patel of Congress.

7: 05 am: A total of 851 candidates are in the fray for 93 seats spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat, in the final phase of the polls, where 2.22 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise.

7: 00 am: Voting for the second phase of the crucial Gujarat Assembly polls will start today after the high-voltage campaign witnessed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi leading the electioneering for their parties.

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