Gujarat elections highlights: 68.70% voting in second phase, drama outside EC office
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Gujarat elections highlights: 68.70% voting in second phase, drama outside EC office

The Election commission says 68.70% voting has been recorded in final phase of Gujarat elections that saw 851 candidates contesting for the 93 assembly seats. Here are the highlights.
Jan 31, 2018 16:03 IST
By HT Correspondent

The second and final phase of Gujarat elections saw 68.07% turnout on Thursday, with polling held in 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central region of the state. 

BJP president Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley, and Patidar leader Hardik Patel were among the political heavyweights who voted on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben also cast her vote in Gandhinagar.               

About 851 candidates are contesting in Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts.

Counting of votes will be held on December 18. 


Jan 31, 2018 04:03 PM IST

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Dec 14, 2017 07:23 PM IST

No FIR against Rahul Gandhi: EC

No FIR has been lodged against Rahul Gandhi, he has only been issued a notice under model code of conduct and given 5 days time to respond to it, says Election Commission.

Dec 14, 2017 07:12 PM IST

PM launching submarine not under model code

Election Commission says one matter about PM Modi attending the launch of submarine came up. It is not under the MCC jurisdiction and no permission was also sought from the Commission.

The EC says the BJP delegation came to office today and kept some points related to allegations made by Congress. The Commission will consider and after due diligence take a decision, it says. 

Dec 14, 2017 07:07 PM IST

EC says Congress charges being examined

Election Commission says a Congress delegation met the poll panel last night over several allegations made by them. EC deliberated and wrote to CEO to submit his report by mid-day today, matter is under examination and under due deliberation.

Dec 14, 2017 06:39 PM IST

68.07% turnout in second phase

68.7% turnout has been recorded in the second phase of polling in Gujarat assembly elections. Voting has been held peacefully baring a few cases of violence.  

Dec 14, 2017 06:15 PM IST

Voting ends, EVMS sealed


Dec 14, 2017 05:51 PM IST

Constitution expert S Kashyap says he doesn't see any code of conduct being violated. He says the PM didn't campaign for his part nor did he utter a single word but only showed his finger with an ink mark which can be interpreted as to send a message to people vote and not who to vote for. 

Dec 14, 2017 05:47 PM IST

62.4% voting till 4pm

CEO says 62.24% voting has been recorded till 4pm in the second phase of polling in Gujarat assembly elections. Voting concluded at 5pm.

Dec 14, 2017 05:32 PM IST

EC receives 44 model code violation complaints

Gujarat chief electoral officer BB Swain says it received 44 complaints of violation of the model code of conduct 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.

Dec 14, 2017 05:11 PM IST

Clash in Anand district

A clash breaks out between the Congress and the BJP workers during voting in Tower Bazar area of Gujarat's Anand. Police reached the spot and situation is now under control.

Dec 14, 2017 05:02 PM IST

Voting ends

Voting for Gujarat assembly election ends as the second phase polling concludes. 

Dec 14, 2017 04:48 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor slams Election Commission

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says he is concerned about double standard shown by the Election Commission. 
"The EC has lost all objectivity and impartiality. But to issue a notice against one side and completely condone blatant violation of election code of conduct by other side, almost most astonishing thing we have seen from EC," he says. 

Dec 14, 2017 04:41 PM IST

BJP delegation meets EC


Dec 14, 2017 04:01 PM IST

EC finalising enquiry report on Modi 'roadshow' complaint

On Congress' complaint over PM Modi's "roadshow" violating model code of conduct, the Gujarat chief electoral officer says the MCC team which was present at the spot is finalising an enquiry report.

Dec 14, 2017 03:58 PM IST

Complaint over bluetooth connecting to EVMs

Gujarat chief electoral officer BB Swain says the commission has received a complaint over bluetooth connecting to EVM. "We are checking this at every place, senior officers and observers at the spot to check this," says Swain.

Dec 14, 2017 03:44 PM IST

47.40% voter turnout till 2 pm

Gujarat chief electoal officer BB Swain says 47.40% voter turnout has been recorded till 2pm in the phase two of assembly elections.

Dec 14, 2017 03:38 PM IST

Congress protests outside EC office over PM roadshow

Congress workers, who are marching to Election Commission in protest over PM Narendra Modi's roadshow after casting his vote today, are being stopped by police outside Sardar Patel Bhawan near Patel Chowk in Delhi. 


Dec 14, 2017 03:12 PM IST

Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor cast their votes in Ahmedabad

Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and Congress leader Alpesh Thakor, the face of OBC community in Gujarat, cast their votes at different polling stations in the Viramgam assembly constituency of Ahmedabad district.

Thakor, 40, is a Congress candidate from Radhanpur in Patan district where he is taking on BJP's Lavangji Thakor.

Dec 14, 2017 02:58 PM IST

EC to decide if Rahul's interview violated poll code

Election officials in Gujarat are going through Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi's television interviews to see if any legal provisions related to the country's poll code were violated by the channels which aired them, an official says.

Dec 14, 2017 02:42 PM IST

BJP responds to Congress' allegations


Dec 14, 2017 02:40 PM IST

Hardik Patel says Congress to get 100 seats

Patidar leader Hardik Patel says ruling BJP was set to lose the Gujarat assembly elections and Congress was likely to get around 100 seats in the 182-member house. "Official files have already started disappearing from the state secretariat," he said while talking to journalists after casting his vote in Viramgam in Ahmedabad district.

Dec 14, 2017 02:03 PM IST

About 29% polling recorded till 12pm, says EC

Over 29% voter turnout has been recorded till noon. The highest turnout of 36.56% was registered in Mehsana district, the lowest polling of 23.92% took place in Ahmedabad district, Election Commission officials said.

Dec 14, 2017 01:47 PM IST

Chidambaram joins Congress' chorus against Election Commission

"The images on TV will leave no one in doubt that the BJP and PM have conducted a full fledged campaign on polling day. Shocking violation of Rules. EC is sleeping on the job," tweets P Chidambaram.




Dec 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Gujarat polls won't be decided by photo-ops, sea planes, roadshows: Congress

PM Modi is holding roadshows and EC doesn't take any action on him, but it has blatantly filed FIRs for telecasting Mr. Rahul Gandhi's interviews. Why are there double standards by EC? questions Congress, referring to poll panel's show cause notice against Gandhi for giving an interview and allegedly violating an election code of conduct. 

"Gujarat elections will not be decided by photo-ops, sea planes and roadshows. It will be decided on progress and issues related to development," says Randeep Sujrewala in the Congress press conference


Dec 14, 2017 01:27 PM IST

Senior BJP leader LK Advani votes in Jamalpur

Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad district's Jamalpur Khadiya.

Dec 14, 2017 01:25 PM IST

EC a 'frontal organisation' of BJP, says Congress

EC has set different standards for BJP and Congress. What is the reason for ECI to behave like a frontal organisation of BJP? questions Congress leader Randeep Sujrewala


Dec 14, 2017 01:23 PM IST

Congress slams Election Commission

The sinking ship of Narendra Modi's Gujarat campaign is being saved by Election Commission: Congress


Dec 14, 2017 01:20 PM IST

Congress says PM's 'roadshow' a violation of rules

PM Modi's roadshow after casting vote is a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct. EC, it seems, is working under pressure from PM and PMO, says Congress leader Ashok Gehlot

Dec 14, 2017 01:14 PM IST

EVM tampering claims surface, EC sends observers

We have received two complaints regarding presence of Bluetooth in polling booths in Ghatlodia and Mehsana. We have sent observers to the spot: B Swain

Dec 14, 2017 01:09 PM IST

Two groups clash in Hasanpur

Police lathi charge after two groups clash at Hasanpur of Visnagar.

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