Polling for 87 Gujarat assembly seats begins

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Gujarat is witnessing polling for the first phase of assembly elections today. Polling time is between 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The areas of Saurashtra, South Gujarat and Ahmedabad rural are witnessing polling today.

87 seats (out of total 182) in the districts of Valsad, Navsari, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Bharuch, Narmada, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad district(only rural part) are witnessing polling in first phase today.

Fate of Keshubhai Patel, Arjun Modhwadia, Shaktisinh Gohil, Purushottam Solanki, Vajubhai Vala, Kanu Kalsaria, Poonam Madam, Himanshu Vyas, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Gordhan Zadafia, Dileep Sanghani, Kunvarji Bavalia, Vitthal Radadia, RC Faldu will be decided by today’s voting.

Counting will take place on 20th December.

ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES – PHASE – I ( 87 seats)

AC No. & Name

39 – Viramgam

40 – Sanand

58 – Dholka

59 – Dhandhuka

60 – Dasada (SC)

61 – Limbdi

62 – Wadhwan

63 – Chotila

64 – Dhrangadhra

65 – Morbi

66 – Tankara

67 – Wankaner

68 – Rajkot East

69 – Rajkot West

70 – Rajkot South

71 – Rajkot Rural (SC)

72 – Jasdan

73 – Gondal

74 – Jetpur

75 – Dhoraji

76 – Kalavad – (SC)

77 – Jamnagar Rural

78-Jamnagar North

79 – Jamnagar South

80 – Jamjodhpur

81 – Khambhalia

82 – Dwarka

83 – Porbandar

84 – Kutiyana

85 – Manavadar

86 – Junagadh

87 – Visavadar

88 – Keshod

89 – Mangrol

90 – Somnath

91 – Talala

92 – Kodinar (SC)

93 – Una

94 – Dhari

95 – Amreli

96 – Lathi

97 -Savarkundla

98 – Rajula

99 – Mahuva

100 – Talaja

101 – Gariadhar

102 – Palitana

103 – Bhavnagar Rural

104 – Bhavnagar East

105 – Bhavnagar West

106 – Gadhada (SC)

107 – Botad

148 – Nandod (ST)

149 – Dediapada (ST)

150 – Jambusar

151 – Vagra

152 – Jhagadia (ST)

153 – Bharuch

154 – Ankleshwar

155 – Olpad

156 – Mangrol (ST)

157 – Mandvi (ST)

158 – Kamrej

159 – Surat East

160 – Surat North

161 – Varachha Road

162 – Karanj

163 – Limbayat

164 – Udhna

165 – Majura

166 – Katargam

167 – Surat West

168 – Choryasi

169 – Bardoli (SC)

170 – Mahuva (ST)

171 – Vyara (ST)

172 – Nizar (ST)

173 – Dangs (ST)

174 – Jalalpore

175 – Navsari

176 – Gandevi (ST)

177 – Bansda (ST)

178 – Dharampur (ST)

179 – Valsad

180 – Pardi

181 – Kaprada (ST)

182 – Umbergaon (ST)

Total = 87 seats

Polling for 87 Gujarat assembly seats today

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Gujarat is going to witness polling for the first phase of assembly elections today. Polling time is between 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The areas of Saurashtra, South Gujarat and Ahmedabad rural are going to witness polling today.

87 seats (out of total 182) in the districts of Valsad, Navsari, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Bharuch, Narmada, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad district(only rural part) will go to polls in first phase today.

Fater of Keshubhai Patel, Arjun Modhwadia, Shaktisinh Gohil, Purushottam Solanki, Vajubhai Vala, Kanu Kalsaria, Poonam Madam, Himanshu Vyas, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Gordhan Zadafia, Dileep Sanghani, Kunvarji Bavalia, Vitthal Radadia, RC Faldu will be decided by today’s voting.

Counting will take place on 20th December.

ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES – PHASE – I ( 87 seats)

AC No. & Name

39 – Viramgam

40 – Sanand

58 – Dholka

59 – Dhandhuka

60 – Dasada (SC)

61 – Limbdi

62 – Wadhwan

63 – Chotila

64 – Dhrangadhra

65 – Morbi

66 – Tankara

67 – Wankaner

68 – Rajkot East

69 – Rajkot West

70 – Rajkot South

71 – Rajkot Rural (SC)

72 – Jasdan

73 – Gondal

74 – Jetpur

75 – Dhoraji

76 – Kalavad – (SC)

77 – Jamnagar Rural

78-Jamnagar North

79 – Jamnagar South

80 – Jamjodhpur

81 – Khambhalia

82 – Dwarka

83 – Porbandar

84 – Kutiyana

85 – Manavadar

86 – Junagadh

87 – Visavadar

88 – Keshod

89 – Mangrol

90 – Somnath

91 – Talala

92 – Kodinar (SC)

93 – Una

94 – Dhari

95 – Amreli

96 – Lathi

97 -Savarkundla

98 – Rajula

99 – Mahuva

100 – Talaja

101 – Gariadhar

102 – Palitana

103 – Bhavnagar Rural

104 – Bhavnagar East

105 – Bhavnagar West

106 – Gadhada (SC)

107 – Botad

148 – Nandod (ST)

149 – Dediapada (ST)

150 – Jambusar

151 – Vagra

152 – Jhagadia (ST)

153 – Bharuch

154 – Ankleshwar

155 – Olpad

156 – Mangrol (ST)

157 – Mandvi (ST)

158 – Kamrej

159 – Surat East

160 – Surat North

161 – Varachha Road

162 – Karanj

163 – Limbayat

164 – Udhna

165 – Majura

166 – Katargam

167 – Surat West

168 – Choryasi

169 – Bardoli (SC)

170 – Mahuva (ST)

171 – Vyara (ST)

172 – Nizar (ST)

173 – Dangs (ST)

174 – Jalalpore

175 – Navsari

176 – Gandevi (ST)

177 – Bansda (ST)

178 – Dharampur (ST)

179 – Valsad

180 – Pardi

181 – Kaprada (ST)

182 – Umbergaon (ST)

Total = 87 seats

Will Modibabu do a Chandrababu?

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The collector’s office, which is the nerve centre of election-related administrative activity for each district, is also the centre of political debate in Ahmedabad. In their free time, officials involved in election duties are routinely seen crystal gazing about the political future of the state. During one such debate, Modi loyalists praised the 3D holographic experiment. “The 3D imagery was fantastic. This way he will be able to reach out to each and every voter in the state,” said one group of officials. “Don’t forget what happened to Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh some years back. His most hi-tech campaign had led to a major defeat,” said a detractor.

Bol Bachchan!

Given a ticket, some candidates are speaking out, and how! Soft-spoken orthopedic surgeon Jitubhai Patel gave vent to years of frustration for not being able to speak up against Narendra Modi. “I remained silent even when Modi denied me primary membership of the BJP. But I spoke with my charity work. Modi does not want educated people, who selflessly work for the poor,” said Patel. On the other hand, Poonam Madam who left Congress when she was given a ticket by the BJP from Jamkhambalia, said, “I would never have been able to complete work of uplifting Ahir community with the Congress.”

Omission by commission

The Congress goofed up over giving mandate to its candidate in Gandevi and Surat (West). Instead of giving mandate to the official candidate declared in the party list, it was given to a third person. Whether this happened by accident or by choice is matter of debate, but one thing is constant – goof-ups ! In the past too, the party had not given the mandate to the official candidate during municipal and district panchayat elections. “This is lack off co-ordination and decision-making in the party,” said a senior office-bearer .

Charging voters

This is a time-tested method of wooing voters. Small-time traders and agricultural labourers are being offered mobile recharge by independent candidates. The practice was reported from Visavadar, Mehsana and Gandhinagar districts recently. Recharges of between Rs 250 and Rs 500 are being promised by workers of independent candidates. Praveen Patel, a provision store owner from Vavol village in Gandhinagar said for the next fortnight he would require 200 extra recharge coupons of various values daily. “They are mainly of Rs 150 to Rs 500 depending on the candidate. A mobile recharge is essential for small businessmen and agriculture labourers. There is no currency involved and the recharge is directly reflected in your mobile phone,” claims Patel.

Moving office with AC

These days, air-conditioners and TVs are no longer seen as luxury items, but as necessity . That may be one reason why police officials transferred through orders of the Election Commission (EC), moved to their new offices with air-conditioners and TVs from the old posting. The inside story is that since the government does not pay for these gadgets; police officials get them sponsored through their contacts. And when they move office, they take their sponsored belongings along!

BJP banks on old warhorses

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For the first time since becoming chief minister , Narendra Modi has junked his time-tested ‘no repeat’ policy in ticket distribution. Fearing a backlash, the Gujarat chief minister has decided to play it safe by repeating all sitting MLAs barring seven in its first list of 84 candidates announced on Thursday.

In 2007, the BJP had changed nearly 50 per cent of the sitting MLAs. Of the latest list, 83 candidates will contest on seats falling in the first phase of polls on December 13. For the second phase on December 17, only Modi’s name has been finalized for Maninagar so far.

Candidates for four constituencies – Keshod, Gariadhar , Dhoraji and Gondal – have not been declared despite going to the polls in the first phase. Sources said former chief minister Keshubhai Patel had good hold on these seats with the Patel factor coming into play.

The current list has 11 women candidates, 23 new faces and 10 candidates who had lost in 2007. The BJP also sprung a surprise by including Poonam Madam in the list. Madam had joined the BJP earlier in the day just as the parliamentary board began in Delhi. She is niece of sitting Congress MP from Jamnagar Vikram Madam. Of the 11 women given ticket, seven are new faces.

Sitting MLAs Bharat Korani from Chotila and Shambhuji Tundia from Dasada have been dropped. The party also listed 10 youngsters and two doctors. Out of six scheduled caste seats, four had fresh faces while two sitting MLAs were given another chance.

Meanwhile, Keshubhai and Gordhan Zadaphia will file their nominations for Visavadar and Gondal from the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP). Despite many claims, GPP failed to announce its candidates on Thursday evening. Its leaders are likely to announce their first list on Friday.

Women on top

The list has 11 women candidates as against four in Congress’s first list of 52 candidates. All the sitting women MLAs have been repeated by the BJP.

Losers repeated

Most sitting BJP MLAs who made it the assembly in 2007 have been repeated. Interestingly, the party even repeated candidates who lost election in 2007 including Bhupendra Chudasma and Chatrasinh Mori.

Ministers make it

All ministers in Modi cabinet have made it to the first list. However, some of them like Vajubhai Vala, Narottam Patel, Mangubhai Patel, Vasuben Trivedi and Parshottam Solanki were forced to change seats after their existing constituencies were renamed in the new delimitation.

Muslims and ‘Sad’bhavana

BJP’s first list of 84 candidates did not have a single candidate from the minority community. After Narendra Modi’s Sadbhavana mission to woo the minorities, speculation was rife that the BJP will field three to four Muslims – including Wankaner and Vagra.

High-fliers wait in the wings

Names of two high profile candidates, BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja and minister of state for industries and power, Saurabh Patel, were missing from the first list. Jadeja had contested in 2007 from Dhangadhara and lost. Patel had won Botad with a slim margin. Since the two were close to chief minister Narendra Modi there is possibility that the two might change their constituency and hunt for safer one. Congress has fielded Rajkot MP Kuvarjibhai Bavalia from Botad making it a tough contest for Patel, who is now said to be eying Akota constituency.