Nitin Bhai Patel Election Result: LIVE UPDATES: Nitinbhai Patel, deputy chief minister of Gujarat and cabinet minister for health, Medical Education, Family Welfare, Road and Building, Capital Project was elected as the MLA from Mehsana district in 2012. This should be noted that Patel had competed against 31 candidates from Mehsena. This time Patel is facing 33 candidates out of 25 are independent. During the campaign he accused Hardik Patel by saying that he was sowing the seeds of division within the Patidar community. He also accused him of spreading casteism in society and damaging the prestige of the community. Track Live Updates for Nitinbhai Patel here:
1:09 pm: BJP wins in Mehsana constituency, Nitin Bhai Patel wins.
Nitin Patel was trailing from Mehsana against Congress candidate Jivabhai Patel by 3,000 votes which was the epicentre of the Patidar reservation agitation. The main contestants from the BJP is Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani (Rajkot West), Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel (Mehsana) and state BJP unit president Vijay Rupani(Bhavnagar West). While the BJP is seeking a sixth straight term in office, the Congress is aiming to stage a comeback in power after being in the opposition for over two decades. For the 182 seats up for grabs, a total of 1,828 candidates contested the elections which were held in two phases on December 9 and 14.
The voting was held following an acrimonious campaign where both the main political parties indulged in no-holds- barred attacks on each others. The total voter turnout this time saw a dip of 2.91 per cent, as compared to the 2012 polls when 71.32 per cent polling was registered. In the 2012 polls, the BJP had won 115 seats and the Congress 61 seats, while others and independents had bagged six seats.