Calculation of ballots have started for the Gujarat Assembly polls at 8 am on Monday morning.
Gujarat had its casting of votes on December 9 and 14 and had noted elector result of 68.41% for its 182 seats. 2017’s polls are very vital for the ruling BJP as it will be believed a indication of how victorious demonetization and the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax have been. The elections are also equally important for Rahul Gandhi as this will be his initial polls following taking the oath for the post of Congress president. The outcomes will also showcase the bang of young leaders Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani had on electorates.
The BJP is combating anti-incumbency influence whereas the Congress is aiming Gujarat will be its comeback polls.
Since 22 years, Gujarat has had a BJP government. 2017 elections put light on the farm issues, increasing unemployment and less development.
In the first phase, 977 candidates including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP’s Gujarat Pradesh President Jitu Waghani, Congress Working President Paresh Dhanani, former President Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia were in the fray. In the second phase, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Minister Shankar Chaudhary, Pradeep Jadeja, Bhupendra Singh Chudasama and Congress’s former MP Siddharth Patel and Congress-backed candidate Jignesh Mewani and left Congress, Amul Dairy Chairman RamSinh Parmar, including 851 candidates, a total of 1828 candidates are in the fray. All of them include nine cabinet ministers, 11 minister of state and seven parliamentary secretaries.
The BJP has won all 182 seats while Congress has 178, BSP has 139, JDU 28, Shiv Sena has 42, AAP has 29 candidates. This time, an average of 68.41 percent of the voting took place, while the percentage recorded was 71.32 percent last time. The BJP got 115 seats in the last election of 2012, Congress 61, later the Gujarat Parivartan Party which merged with BJP and NCP two and two seats and JD (U) got one seat. For the general majority, 92 seats are necessary. This time, the maximum number of 34 candidates is Mehsana while the lowest two candidates are from Jhalod.