Voting is underway in the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. Over two crore voters are casting their ballots to seal the fate of 851 candidates contesting for 93 seats across 14 districts in Gujarat. The results of the polls in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state would be declared on December 18.
Congress workers detained
3:36pm: Congress workers march to EC to protest PM Modi’s roadshow after casting his vote
3:24 pm: Various incidents of clashes reported
Hanspura village near Visnagar in Mehsana – a group clash reported between two communities.
A crowd attacked over polling station in Jahapura village near Godhra.
Tower Bajar area in Anand also witnessed disturbances. Two groups clashed and stone pelting was reported. Vehicles were also damaged.
2.45 pm: 47.40% turnout till 2 pm in Ahmedabad.
2.22 pm: Lowest turnout recorded in Ahmedabad district at 23.92% till 12 pm
1:53 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad District’s Jamalpur Khadiya
1:25 pm: The 500-metre walk by PM Modi after casting his vote in Sabarmati has sparked a controversy. The Congress says that this is a poll code violation.
12:55 pm: Former cricketer Nayan Mongia casts his vote in Vadodara’s Akota
12:49 pm: Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain briefs media about status of EVMs in the state
12:46 pm: Till 12 pm, 39% voter turnout has been recorded in the second phase
12:37 pm: Grand welcome for PM Modi
12:23 pm: The Prime Minister casts his vote
12:19 am: PM Modi stands in queue at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote.
12:12 pm: In Sabarmati, BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel. A long serpentine line can be seen outside the polling booth in Ranip, where PM Modi will cast his vote shortly
12:08 pm: PM Narendra Modi reaches Sabarmati to cast his vote.
11:54 am: Keeping faith in democracy: DNA spotted these cute grandmoms, who came to vote during second phase polls. Revaba and Urvashiven Raval, both in their 80s, said that they have no one to rely on and so came together to vote
11:46 am: In a first, District Collector’s office in Ahmedabad has set up a control room with 441 CCTV cameras. It is for first time that CCTV cameras have been isntalled inside the sensitive booths and are been watched by surveillance by a team of 21 people. By analysing the last three elections, these 441 sensitive booths were listed and are monitored by the team
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10:43 am: Known for his fiery speeches, young Patidaar leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Viramgam
10:19 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, polling officer Gaurang Rana quoted as saying to news agency ANI.
10:16 am: In Patidaar-dominated Bapunagar area, booth number 129 has recorded 18.57 % voting in first two hours.
10:14 am: PM Modi is scheduled to cats his vote at a polling booth in Sabarmat’s Ranip area.
10:09 am: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reached Ahmedabad’s Vejalpur to cast his vote. After voting, Jaitley urged the people of Gujarat to vote in huge numbers and continue the journey of ‘vikas’:
9:53 am: Earlier in the day, prior to actual voting, 70 EVMs were found non-functional during the mock polls in Sabarkantha
9:50 am: Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela casts his vote in Gandhinagar’s Vasan village