Gujarat elections LIVE: Exit polls predict BJP win, final results on 18 December
11 min read.Updated: 14 Dec 2017, 07:06 PM ISTLivemint
Exit poll results are out after voting ended for the second phase of Gujarat elections for 93 assembly constituencies at 5pm today. Here are the latest updates and developments
NEW DELHI :
Exit polls on Thursday predicted a victory for the ruling BJP in Gujarat, giving it a clear majority in the keenly-contested assembly polls in the state. The exit polls results came out soon after voting ended at 5pm for 93 assembly constituencies for the second phase of Gujarat elections. The second and last phase of Gujarat elections saw polling in northern, central and tribal areas. Of the 93 constituencies went to polls on Thursday, 52 were won by the BJP and 39 by the Congress in 2012. The results of both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections will be declared on Monday.With the poll process over, all eyes are now on exit polls. Here are the latest updates and developments from the second phase of polling in Gujarat elections and exit poll results:
14 Dec 2017, 07:03:00 PM IST
68.70% polling recorded in second phase of Gujarat elections
The second phase of Gujarat elections registered 68.70% voter turnout, according to the Election Commission.
14 Dec 2017, 06:40:00 PM IST
BJP to win 108 seats: Republic TV survey
Republic TV predicts BJP will lead with 108 seats, Congress to get 74 seats in Gujarat, reports Firstpost.
India Today-My Axis poll predicts close chase in Gujarat for BJP. It predicts the saffron party to win between 99 and 113 seats, while the Congress is expected to win between 68-82 seats.
14 Dec 2017, 06:33:00 PM IST
Sahara Samay-CNX Survey gives BJP 110-120 seats
Sahara Samay-CNX survey predicts BJP retaining Gujarat with 110-120 seats for the saffron party, while the Congress is expected to win 65-75.
14 Dec 2017, 06:28:00 PM IST
ABP-CSDC Survey predicts BJP win
ABP-CSDC survey predicts BJP win in Gujarat. Out of 54 seats of Saurashtra-Kutch region, it gives BJP 31-37 seats, while the Congress is likely to get 16-22 seats. Others to win 0-2 seats.In South Gujarat’s 35 seats, the survey gives BJP 21-27 seats (52% vote share), while the Congress is expected to win 9-13 seats (40% vote share). Others may win 0-1 (8% vote share) seats.In North Gujarat’s region 53 seats, BJP will win 32-38 seats (49% vote share), while the Congress is expected to win 16-22 seats (42% vote share). Others will not win any seat, but their vote share is expected to be around 9%.
No substance in EVM tampering via bluetooth devices: EC
While the polling was largely peaceful, two incidents of clashes were reported in Mehsana and Vadodara districts, police officials said. The EC received complaints from five places that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were connecting to external devices via bluetooth, but after inquiry, it was found that there was “no substance” in the complaints, poll officials said.Complaints of EVMs getting connected to the external devices via bluetooth were received from Patan, Kheda, Mehsana districts, Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad district and Godhra in Panchamahal district. The EC today also said that there were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) at some places in Aravalli and Panchmahal districts. (PTI)
14 Dec 2017, 05:10:00 PM IST
Voting for Gujarat elections second phase ends
Voting for Gujarat Assembly Election ends as the second phase polling concludes, reports ANI. All eyes will be on exit polls later today evening. The counting of votes will take place on 18 December.
14 Dec 2017, 04:49:00 PM IST
Voter turnout at 62% till 4pm
62.24% voting recorded till 4pm in second phase of polling in Gujarat, reports ANI.
14 Dec 2017, 04:41:00 PM IST
EC has lost all objectivity, impartiality: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on EC: “Concerned about double standard shown by EC today. EC has lost all objectivity&impartiality.But to issue a notice against one side&completely condone blatant violation of election code of conduct by other side,almost most astonishing thing we have seen from EC.”
14 Dec 2017, 04:09:00 PM IST
Voter turnout recorded 47% till 2pm
The second phase of Gujarat elections recorded 47.40% voter turnout till 2pm, according B.B. Swain, Gujarat’s chief electoral officer. Swain also said that the EC received a EVM related complaint.“We received a complaint from a person, apparently when he switched on bluetooth on his mobile phone it connected to the machine, we are checking this at every place, senior officers and observers at the spot to check this,” ANI quoted Swain as saying in Ahmedabad.He also informed about a complaint over the violation of model code of conduct.“Have received a complaint regarding MCC violation after casting of the vote. It is a complaint which is is more anticipatory in nature which says crowd was there and this could be a roadshow. This complaint has been given to DEO Ahmedabad,” Swain said.
14 Dec 2017, 03:16:00 PM IST
Rahul’s interview: EC Officials to decide if model code violated
Election officials in Gujarat are going through Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi’s television interviews to see if any legal provisions related to the country’s poll code were violated by the channels which aired them, an official said today. Gujarat chief electoral officer B. B. Swain said all the videos of Gandhi’s interviews telecast yesterday had been obtained. “The Election Commission yesterday directed us to take action after screening the videos of the interviews to decide if there was any violation of legal provisions, as prescribed under section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of People Act,” Swain told reporters in Gandhinagar. “Our officials acquired those videos today. The screening process has been initiated,” he said. (PTI)
Chidambaram raps EC for issuing Rahul show cause notice
Congress leader P. Chidambaram today asked the Election Commission why it picked on the party’s president-elect Rahul Gandhi for giving media interviews while leaving out BJP leaders who did the same thing. In a series of tweets, Chidambaram accused the poll panel of sleeping on the job and also asked people in Gujarat to exercise their franchise and “change” the BJP government in the state. “Yesterday, PM made a speech. BJP’s President gave an interview. Railway Minister gave an interview. Why have all these escaped the EC’s attention? Why pick on only Mr Rahul Gandhi’s interview?” Chidambaram said. (PTI)
14 Dec 2017, 02:29:00 PM IST
EC acting like BJP’s puppet, PM’s ‘roadshow’ violation of model code
The Congress today said the Election Commission was a BJP “puppet” for not acting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his “roadshow” in Gujarat. The prime minister had violated the model code of conduct by holding a “roadshow” after voting in the Gujarat Assembly polls, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged. Addressing a press conference, he said the poll panel was a “puppet and frontal organisation” of the ruling BJP as it took no action against Modi. “It is a sad day for the country as EC has denigrated the Constitution,” Surjewala said. (PTI)
Two groups clash in Hasanpur of Visnagar, 10 injured , Police reached the spot, according to Tv9 Gujarati.
14 Dec 2017, 01:36:00 PM IST
Congress’s Randeep Surjewala questions CEC role
Aaj jab humne EC se subah pucha apni compliant ke baare mein toh kaha ki 5 baje ke baad jawab denge.Mukhya Chunav Aayukt jo PS to Modi ji the aaj bhi PS to Modi ji ki terah kaam kar rahe hain.Ye chunav aayog ke liye sharm ki baat hai: RS Surjewala,Congress pic.twitter.com/RpRzA9g7vV
PM Modi violated model code of conduct, says Congress’ Ashok Gehlot
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot says Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated teh model code of conduct by holding a road show after casting his vote in Ahmedabad.“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,” ANI quotes Gehlot as saying.
14 Dec 2017, 01:10:00 PM IST
EC sends observer to poll booths in Ghatlodia, Mehsana
BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer: “We have received two complaints regarding presence of Bluetooth in polling booths in Ghatlodia and Mehsana.We sent observers to the spot.” (ANI)
14 Dec 2017, 12:58:00 PM IST
Voter turnout at 39% till 12pm
39% voting till 12pm in second phase of Gujarat Elections 2017, according to BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer. Voter turnout till 10am was 11.71% for second phase, according to figures released by election commission. Swain also said, “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.”
14 Dec 2017, 12:51:00 PM IST
Congress files complaint against PM Modi’s road show in Ranip
Voter turnout started gathering pace in early afternoon with many prominent people casting their votes. Former Cricketer Nayan Mongia cast his vote in Vadodara’s Akota where BJP’s Seemaben Akshaykumar Mohile is contesting against Congress’s Ranjit Sharadchandra Chavan.BJP’s Tejshreeben Patel cast her vote in Viramgaam, while BJP’s Narhari Amin cast his vote in Ahmedabad. Congress’ Sidhdharth Patel cast his vote in Dabhoi.
14 Dec 2017, 12:23:00 PM IST
PM Modi casts vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality
PM Modi stands in queue at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote
Earlier, PM Modi reached Sabarmati’s Ranip locality to cast his vote. BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat
Ahmedabad: PM Modi stands in queue 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. #GujaratElection2017pic.twitter.com/XDEbQrxWP8
Voting underway in Gujarat, EVM glitch in Modasa village
Congress state chief Bharatsinh Solanki casts his vote in polling booth no.201 in Anand. Gujarat chief electoral officer B.B. Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar. (ANI) Shankar Chaudhary, minister of state for health and family welfare casts his vote in Banaskantha, reports Tv9 Gujarati.Voting has been delayed at Varthu village of Modasa due to EVM technical error, according to the channel
14 Dec 2017, 10:47:00 AM IST
Gujarat deputy CM Nitin Patel, Hardik Patel cast vote
Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel casts his vote in Mehsana’s Kadi. He is contesting against Congress’s Jivabhai Patel. PAAS leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Viramgam.
14 Dec 2017, 10:35:00 AM IST
Amit Shah votes; asks people to continue development journey
BJP president Amit Shah today cast his vote at a polling booth in the Naranpura area here, and 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. He 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. (PTI)
14 Dec 2017, 10:23:00 AM IST
Congress seeks action against Modi, Shah for violation of model
Congress seeks action against Modi, Shah for violation of model code 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. The Congress’s complaint came soon after the EC yesterday issued a show cause notice to Rahul Gandhi for prima facie violating the model code by giving interviews to Gujarati TV channels, and asked him to reply by 18 December, failing which it will decide the matter without any reference to him. (PTI)
14 Dec 2017, 10:11:00 AM IST
EVM glitch fixed in Sankheda’s Sodhaliya village: Polling officer
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 #GujaratElection2017pic.twitter.com/0CDLpztp5x
Voting percentage varies between 5-8% in all districts: report
Around 7% voting has been recorded till 9am, while the districtwise polling percentage varies between 5-8%. The Sabarkantha district reported around 5% voting till 9am, while Gandhinagar around 8%, Aravalli around 7%, Anand around 7%, according to Tv9 Gujarati. Kheda reported around 8%, Mahisagar around 6%, Panchmahal around 8%, Dahod around 6%, Vadodara around 8%, ChhotaUdaipur around 5%, according to the channel.
BJP President Amit Shah casts his vote in Naranpura, while the parents of Hardik Patel, Bharat Patel and Usha Patel, cast their votes in Viramgam. Shankersinh Vaghela casts his vote in Gandhinagar’s Vasan village. Alpesh Thakor casts his vote in Viramgam.
14 Dec 2017, 08:52:00 AM IST
PM Modi’s mother Heeraben casts vote in Gandhinagar
Anandiben Patel casts vote in Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia
Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel casts her vote in Ahmedabad’s Ghatlodia. BJP’s Bhupendra Patel is up against Congress’s Shashikant Patel on this seat. Meanwhile, voting is underway in Viramgam’s polling booth number 252, which is PAAS leader Hardik Patel ‘s home town. Patel-led PAAS has pledged support to the Congress and at least two of its leaders are contesting on the party’s ticket.
The Patidar factor, Hardik Patel pledges support to Congress
The influential Patidar community, which accounts for around 12% of the Gujarat’s population, could prove to be the ‘X factor’ in the polls. Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel has pledged support to the Congress and appealed to the people to “uproot the BJP” this time. (PTI)
14 Dec 2017, 08:37:00 AM IST
Around 2.22 crore voters to exercise their franchise
Around 2.22 crore voters would be exercising their franchise to choose between the two main contenders, the BJP and the Congress. A total of 851 candidates are in the fray for the second phase. Prominent candidates in the fray for today’s battle include state deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, who is contesting from Mehsana, Alpesh Thakor (Radhanpur), and Jignesh Mevani (Vadgam). 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. The first phase of voting for the 182-member house, held on 9 December covered 89 seats. (PTI)
14 Dec 2017, 08:33:00 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi appeals to vote in large numbers
गुजरात में नवसर्जन की शुरुआत हो चुकी है। आपका एक एक वोट लोकतंत्र की नींव को सुदृढ़ और सशक्त बनाएगा। गुजरात की जनता से अपील है कि गुजरात के उज्जवल भविष्य के लिए अधिक से अधिक वोट करें। #NavsarjanGujarat