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Gujarat Assembly Election updates: Voting for second phase ends; 63% overall turnout till 4 pm

During elections in the second phase in Gujarat, 1,700 of the critical poling booths will be covered under the web casting with constant monitoring of these booths.

FP Staff December 14, 2017 17:45:43 IST
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Gujarat Assembly Election updates: Voting for second phase ends; 63% overall turnout till 4 pm

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14:29 (ist)

Communal clashes in Vadodara

According to The Indian Express, clashes between two groups have been reported in Savli Assembly Constituency in Vadodara. Few two wheelers were set on fire. According to the report, it may have been a communal clash. Voting has been suspended for a while. Security personnel have reached the area to bring situation under control.

10:57 (ist)

Will pro-Hindu makeover for Rahul work for Congress?

Amit Shah going to a temple after casting his vote was interesting. Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi had concluded their election campaign by going to Ambaji and Jagannath temple, respectively. In the run up to elections, Rahul visited over two dozen temples, on an average visiting one temple every second-third day. This election would also be remembered for Congress’s Hindutva push. The party also attempted to give a new identity to Rahul, from “non-Hindu’ to “Shivbhakt” who was “not just a Hindu but a Janeudhari Hindu”. But will pro-Hindu makeover for Rahul Gandhi and Congress work?

10:21 (ist)

Low turnout in Juhapura

According to The Economic Times, low turnout was witnessed at almost every booth in Juhapura, the Muslim-dominated area of Ahmedabad. Some booths recorded as low as 20 votes till 9.30am, the report added. 

09:09 (ist)

EC orders repolling in 6 booths after officers forget to wipe out mock drill results in phase one

The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday ordered repolling in six booths, where first phase polling was held on 9 December. The repolls will be held on 14 December.

Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat BB Swain said the poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections.

The presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results necessitating the re-election.

IANS

08:54 (ist)

EVM malfunctioning issues re-emerge

According to The Indian Express, three polling stations in Vadodara City Assembly Constituency have reported malfunctioning of EVM machines. Election officers have started replacing the machines to start voting.

07:36 (ist)

Congress issues 4-point list of demands from EC against Narendra Modi, Amit Shah

The Congress on Wednesday 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 issued a show cause notice to Congress president-elect 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.

A delegation of Congress leaders comprising Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma and Randeep Surjewala handed over a memorandum to the poll body, demanding strong action against Modi and other BJP leaders for addressing press conferences and events on the eve of last phase of polling in Gujarat.

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Dec 14, 2017 - 17:57 (IST)

Don't see any code of conduct being violated, says Constitution expert S Kashyap

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:39 (IST)

Total turnout toll 4 pm at 62.37%, Banaskantha had highest turnout at 66%

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:36 (IST)

93-year-old cast her vote in Viramgam

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:32 (IST)

EC received 44 complaints of MCC violation on Thursday

A total of 44 complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct was received by the CEO Gujarat on Thursday.

"The complaint by the Congress was filed at 11.51 a.m. before Prime Minister Modi even reached the polling booth. The complaint was filed that as a huge gathering was there at the venue, there was a possibility of a road show being held when Modi arrives. We have ordered the Model Code of Conduct team to look into the matter and the Ahmedabad collector will be reporting to us on it," he said.- IANS

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:27 (IST)

Opposition parties say EC's attitude casts ominous shadow on its credibility and integrity of electoral process

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:23 (IST)

59.56% voter turnout  recorded till 4 pm, says News18

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:12 (IST)

Clash between Congress and BJP workers in Gujarat's Anand; police take stock of situation

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:03 (IST)

Congress had lodged a similar complaint of MCC violation in 2014

Earlier, on 24 April 2014 while polling for parliamentary election was in progress in different parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi had arrived in Varanasi to file his nomination paper as a candidate. Modi did not utter a word but he repeatedly waved to the sea of people accompanying his cavalcade prompting the Congress to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission as a violation of poll code. The poll panel did not find anything objectionable later after conducting an enquiry.

Dec 14, 2017 - 17:01 (IST)

Voting ends for second phase of Gujarat polls

Dec 14, 2017 - 16:59 (IST)

Vadodara polling station being managed by women 


The second phase of elections in Gujarat on Thursday will see polling held for 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions of the state, with a host of VVIPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, descending on Ahmedabad to cast their vote.

Meanwhile, in the so-called 'dry' state of Gujarat, the police and administration have seized around Rs 53 crore worth of goods for violation of the state's liquor prohibition policy. The seizure was carried out as a special drive and a part of the election procedure.

Special deployment of the police has been made for the elections and for law and order.

Gujarat Assembly Election updates Voting for second phase ends 63 overall turnout till 4 pm

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi. PTI

The second phase will see 851 candidates contest for the 93 assembly seats. Elections will be held in Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts from 8 am to 5 pm. A total of 25,575 polling booths have been set up in 14,523 places.

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gujarat's office has completed all the necessary procedures and claimed to be fully prepared for the day.

Apart from the 112 general observers deployed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the Gujarat elections, 70 counting observers have been appointed by the ECI for counting of votes registered in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) which will be carried out on 18 December in 37 selected regions of the state.

To take care of the law and order situation, the ECI has deployed hundreds of companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), 12 companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and 19 more companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) for the election.

Modi will be casting his vote at Nishan Vidyalaya in Ranip area of Ahmedabad, while Amit Shah will be in the city to cast his vote from his former state assembly constituency, Naranpura. Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitely will cast his vote from Vejalpur region of Ahmedabad.

Former deputy prime minister and senior BJP leader LK Advani too will be in Ahmedabad to cast his vote from Khanpur area. The sitting MLA from Abdasa and Congress candidate from Mandvi, Shaktisinh Gohil will be casting his vote in Gandhinagar.

State Congress President Bharatsinh Solanki will exercise his voting right in Borsad town of Kheda district. Another Congress candidate Siddharth Patel will be casting his vote from Dabhoi.

During elections in the second phase, 1,700 of the critical poling booths will be covered under the web casting with constant monitoring of these booths.

On the seizures made, Additional Director General of Police (DGP) adminstration, Mohan Jha said, "Since the date of announcement of the assembly polls, the administration has seized Rs 23.50 crore worth Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and Rs 30.06 lakh worth of country liquor and confiscated Rs 23.16 crore of other goods like the vehicles used for transportation, amounting to Rs 52.97 crore worth for the violation of the prohibition law that is effective in the state. We have also arrested 26,913 persons for violation of prohibition in 33,191 cases."

Jha said, "Under the law, the police have filed 1,59,486 cases under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Out of the total 56, 490 licensed arms in the state, 51,974 have submitted, while 4,436 are exempted with remaining only 80 arms that have not been submitted. The police have issued non bailable warrants to 60,989 persons and also confiscated 92 illegal arms, 122 cartridges and 100 grams of explosives."

The Flying Squad and the Static Surveillance Teams (SST) have seized Rs 2.52 crore of unaccounted cash in 22 cases and in five cases bullion worth Rs 4.14 crore have been seized. Out of these 16 cases have been handed over to the Income Tax (IT) department.

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