New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has encouraged people to turn out in record numbers in the Gujarat Assembly polls and particularly urged the youngsters to cast their votes.
The first of the two-phase polls in the state began at 8 am on Saturday across 89 constituencies spread out in the 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and southern regions.
"Phase 1 of Gujarat polls begin. Urging all those voting today to turnout in record numbers and vote. I particularly call upon youngsters to exercise their franchise," the prime minister tweeted.
Phase 1 of Gujarat polls begin. Urging all those voting today to turnout in record numbers and vote. I particularly call upon youngsters to exercise their franchise.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2017
Of the 89 seats, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party holds 67 and the Congress 16. One seat each is held by the NCP and JD(U) while independents hold the remaining two.
Polling will end at 5 pm. There are a total of 24,689 polling booths.
Of the 2,12,31,652 voters, 1,11,05,933 are males and 1,01,25,472 females while 247 are from the third gender.
The second phase polling is on 14 December and counting, along with that of Himachal Pradesh, will be held on 18 December.
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Updated Date: Dec 09, 2017 10:53:08 IST