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Gujarat civic polls 2021 updates: CM Vijay Rupani casts vote in Rajkot hours after testing negative for COVID-19

Gujarat civic polls 2021 LIVE updates: Jamnagar recorded the highest voting at 38.7%; Surat recorded 33.6%, Vadodara (33.4%), Bhavnagar (32.7%), Rajkot (30.6%) and Ahmedabad (29.4%)

FP Staff February 21, 2021 18:52:42 IST
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Gujarat civic polls 2021 updates: CM Vijay Rupani casts vote in Rajkot hours after testing negative for COVID-19

Polling underway for municipal elections in Surat. ANI

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Feb 21, 2021 - 18:37 (IST)

Vadodara records 33.42% turnout till 4 pm

Vadodara recorded a voter turnout of 33.42 percent till 4 pm in the local body polls on Sunday, The Indian Express reported.

The report said that the highest turnout was in Ward 1, with 39.69 percent, and the lowest was in ward 17 with 28.98 percent.

Feb 21, 2021 - 17:51 (IST)

Vijay Rupani casts vote in Rajkot

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani cast his vote in the local body polls hours after testing negative for COVID-19 and being discharged from the hospital. The Times of India reported that he cast his vote in Rajkot.

Feb 21, 2021 - 17:43 (IST)

Ahmedabad records 30.5% turnout till 3 pm

Ahmedabad recorded an overall voter turnout of 30.5 percent till 3 pm. "The highest voting was reported from Odhav at 37.7 percent, followed by Viratnagar (36.7 percent), Gomtipur (36 percent), and the lowest voting was in Navrangpura at 20 percent, and Bodakdev with 22.7 percent," The Times of India reported.

Feb 21, 2021 - 17:03 (IST)

Vijay Rupani tests negative for COVID-19

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday, the CM's office said. Earlier, Rupani, 64, tested positive for the viral infection on 15 February, a day after he fainted on a stage during campaigning for civic polls in Vadodara.

Since then, he was undergoing treatment at the UN MehtaHeart Hospital in Ahmedabad. According to a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office on Sunday, he "tested negative for COVID-19 in the RT-PCR test done today". 

Feb 21, 2021 - 16:53 (IST)

31.5% turnout recorded till 4 pm

The voter turnout in the civic body polls in Gujarat was 31.5 percent till 4 pm, The Times of India reported.

"Among the municipal corporations, Jamnagar recorded the highest voting at 38.7%, followed by Surat (33.6%), Vadodara (33.4%), Bhavnagar (32.7%), Rajkot (30.6%) and Ahmedabad (29.4%)," the report said.

Feb 21, 2021 - 16:41 (IST)

Scuffle breaks out at polling booth in Ahmedabad

A scuffle over an EVM reportedly broke out at a polling booth of the Asarva Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad, News18 Gujarat reported. "Voting had to be stopped for 10 minutes. A police convoy reached the spot and settled the matter," the report added.

Feb 21, 2021 - 15:47 (IST)

Gujarat BJP chief CR Paatil casts vote

Feb 21, 2021 - 15:14 (IST)

Royal family members arrived in vintage car to cast vote

Feb 21, 2021 - 15:02 (IST)

Voter turnout of 23% till 2 pm

According to News18 Gujarati, a voter turnout of 23 percent was recorded till 2 pm. The highest turnout of 25 percent was recorded in Jamnagar till 2 pm while the lowest, 16.2 percent, was in Ahmedabad

Feb 21, 2021 - 13:56 (IST)

21 % voter turnout till 1 pm, says report

An overall voter turnout of 21 percent was recorded in the Gujarat municipal election till 1 pm, reports News18 Gujarati. The highest polling percentage was recorded in Rajkot and the lowest in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad recorded 13.2 percent, Bhavnagar 16.3 percent, Jamnagar 18.5 percent, Rajkot 18.9 percent, Surat 15.1 percent and Vadodara 16.3 percent.

Gujarat civic polls 2021 Latest updates: The voter turnout in the civic body polls in Gujarat was 31.5 percent till 4 pm, The Times of India reported.

"Among the municipal corporations, Jamnagar recorded the highest voting at 38.7%, followed by Surat (33.6%), Vadodara (33.4%), Bhavnagar (32.7%), Rajkot (30.6%) and Ahmedabad (29.4%)," the report said.

According to News18 Gujarati, a voter turnout of 23 percent was recorded till 2 pm. The highest turnout of 25 percent was recorded in Jamnagar till 2 pm while the lowest, 16.2 percent, was in Ahmedabad

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his family voted at the Naranpura Sub Zonal Office in Ahmedabad.

Later, talking to reporters, Shah expressed confidence that the BJP will win the civic polls in Gujarat."I am sure that voters will turn out in large numbers and development will win," he said.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, who tested positive for coronavirus during the campaign some days back, is likely to vote in his hometown Rajkot.

Polling is underway in six cities, as per reports. A total of 2,276 candidates are in the fray comprising 577 from the BJP, 566 from the Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 Independents.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will cast his vote in Naranpura ward of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation while Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, currently under treatment for COVID-19 at Ahmedabad's UN Mehta Heart Hospital, is likely to cast his vote in a polling booth in Anil Gyan Mandir School in his hometown Rajkot, the state BJP had said on Saturday.

Voting for 575 seats in six municipal corporations of Gujarat will take place today and 1.14 crore voters — 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women — are eligible to exercise their franchise.

Voting in the civic polls in six major cities of Gujarat will be held between 7 am and 5 pm on Sunday amid tight security and adherence to COVID-19 norms, officials said.

The municipal corporation elections in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar are being seen as a test for Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani as it may set the tone for the Assembly polls slated for next year.

Votes will be cast for a total of 575 seats with each ward having four corporators, and 2,276 candidates, comprising 577 from the BJP, 566 from the Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 Independents, are in the fray, officials informed.

"The total number of voters in the six cities stands at 1.14 crore, comprising 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women.

Of the 11,121 polling booths, 2,255 are sensitive and 1,188 have been designated as very sensitive," a poll official said.

Votes will be counted on 23 February, following which, on 28 February, polls to 31 district and 231 taluka panchayats, as well as 81 municipalities will be held, he added.

During the campaign, the BJP played the "development" card, while the Congress, which has been out of power in these local bodies for a long time now, cited "lack of amenities" and the recent fuel price hike to turn the tide.

The Aam Aadmi Party has claimed it would be an effective alternative to the BJP and Congress, while Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM will make its local bodies poll debut having fielded 21 candidates in six wards in Ahmedabad.

Rupani, who tested positive for coronavirus during the campaign, maybe discharged from hospital later in the night and is likely to vote in his hometown Rajkot on Sunday.

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