The counting of votes for 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat is underway. The polls were held in two phases with 89 seats voting on December 1, while the second phase of polling was held on December 5 in 92 Assembly segments. Gujarat registered a voter turnout of 64.33% for the recently-concluded elections, a drop of over 4% compared with the turnout registered in the last Assembly polls in 2017.
Exit polls have predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is projected to secure its seventh consecutive term in the State.
Here are the updates of the results:
Hardik Patel predicts 135 to 145 seats for BJP in Gujarat
As counting of votes for Gujarat Assembly polls began, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Hardik Patel predicted that his party will win over 130 seats, the most by party till date in the Gujarat Assembly elections, and expressed optimism that the BJP will undoubtedly form the government for the seventh time in the State.
The ruling BJP in Gujarat is aiming for a straight seventh term in the State.— ANI
A look at voter composition in this Assembly election in Gujarat
Counting of votes begin
Counting of votes for the high-stakes Gujarat Assembly polls began at 37 counting centres amid tight security and in the presence of Election Commission of India-appointed observers across the state.
While counting of postal ballots began at 8 a.m., counting of EVM votes will begin at 8.30 am, an official said.
The Commission has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure a smooth counting process. The entire counting process is being videotaped.— PTI
BJP hoping to set new records in Gujarat
When votes get counted on Thursday for Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will be hoping to set a few new records.
Victory in Gujarat will make it the only party other than the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to have won seven straight Assembly elections. The CPI(M), which ruled West Bengal for 34 years from 1977 to 2011, had also won seven straight elections.
BJP upbeat ahead of counting of votes
The ruling BJP in Gujarat is aiming for a straight seventh term in the State, as the counting of votes for the Assembly elections held on December 1 and 5 gets underway on Thursday morning.
The counting process will start at 8 a.m. at 37 counting centres covering the 182 Assembly seats.
It was a high-stakes three-cornered fight between the BJP, Congress and AAP. Political observers said the outcome will determine who captures the main opposition space in Gujarat.
Exit polls have predicted a big majority for the BJP in Gujarat and if these projections are any indication, the saffron party is all set to retain power in the State for the seventh consecutive term and equal Left Front’s feat in West Bengal. — PTI