Exit polls telecast on various news channels on Monday night predicted that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is set to lead the BJP into a landslide victory in the assembly elections, but the Congress appears to have an edge in Himachal Pradesh. HT
reports. Another big draw
In a repeat of the record turnout in the first phase, the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections on Monday saw 70% polling in the toughest electoral test for chief minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a third term. Gujarat polls phase II: Modi casts his vote
Buoyed by the impressive voterturnout in the second and final phase as well of the Assembly elections, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi today said the impressive percentage will force political experts to consider "pro-incumbency" factor in their discussions.
Continuing the high turnout trend of the first phase, about 69% of the 19.8 million electors in the second and final phase of the Gujarat poll came out to vote on Monday. Mahesh Langa
& Nagendar Sharma
report. Exit poll predictions
| Modi casts his vote
Confident of returning to power in Gujarat, chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the ruling BJP would score a "hat-trick" in the state by winning the assembly polls for the third time in a row on the plank of "good governance and development".
BJP candidate and a close aide of Narendra Modi, Jetha Bharvad was shot in Sahera constituency of Panchmahal district of Gujarat today as the state votes in the second phase of assembly elections.
Following a massive turnout of over 70% in the first phase of the assembly for 182 seats in Gujarat, voting will be held for 95 seats spread over 12 districts in the second and last phase today. HT
reports. Endgame Gujarat
Gujarat's economic growth over the last decade has no doubt been impressive, but other states such as Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu too have shown equally impressive growth. Varghese K George
Gujarat's economy is growing at a healthy clip, the state leads the way in exports and industrialists gush about a reduction in red tape. Narendra Modi clearly sees business and industry as his strong suit as he seeks a third term. Sitaraman Shankar
and Mahesh Langa
In the riot-hit Naroda Patiya locality and Gulbarg (Housing) Society, which go to polls on Monday, few are planning to step out and cast their votes. Few voted even in 2002 and 2007. Harinder Baweja
Sitting in his cluttered office at the St Francis Xavier Church in Anand, Father Albert Delgado, the parish priest, revels in the fact that 24 hours before polling day, Adivasis are giving both the Congress and the BJP a run for their money - literally. Sujata Anandan
During the election campaign in Gujarat various radio channels in the state were wont to interrupt their broadcasts with the sound of a conch shell. Sujata Anandan
Once the results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are out, top leaders of BJP and its ideological parent, RSS, are set to resume consultations on the next BJP set-up for Lok Sabha polls 2014. Shekhar Iyer reports.
After a record 71% voting in the first phase, Gujarat will go for the second and final phase of polling on Monday for the remaining 95 seats in the 182-member Assembly that will also decide the electoral fate of chief minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a third term.
The Gujarat chief minister chooses the terms of contest in elections, attacking and ridiculing his rival party. Why doesn't the Congress hit back hard? asks Aakar Patel