Gujarat Election 2022: Voting for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 ended (December 1). On Thursday, out of total 182 seats in Gujarat, voting took place on 89 seats under the first phase. But the polling for the second phase is to be held on December 5. This includes the seats in North Gujarat, where the Congress has done better than the Bharatiya Janata Party in the last two assembly elections. The Congress is trying its best to maintain its lead in this election as well. Votes will be cast in this constituency on December 5. This is also the last phase of Gujarat. When voting will be held for the remaining 93 seats of the 182-member assembly.
32 seats in North Gujarat
There are a total of 32 seats in North Gujarat. The BJP is facing rebellion in some areas due to the arrest of prominent leader of the region and dairy cooperative leader and former Home Minister Vipul Chowdhary. Apart from this, there is a possibility of resentment among the OBC and Chaudhary community against the BJP. Along with this, the local caste equation and candidates are likely to play a major role in the final result of the selection process.
17 seats in Congress’s bag
There are 6 districts in North Gujarat, in which Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Aravalli and Gandhinagar come. These 32 assemblies come in these districts. Congress won 17-17 seats in both 2012 and 2017 elections. Whereas, BJP won 15 and 14 seats in both these elections. Apart from this, in the 2017 elections, the reserved Vadgam seat went to the account of independent candidate Jignesh Mevani. Mevani had the support of the Congress.
Reliance on current MLAs
The Congress has given tickets in this entire region of North Gujarat, expressing confidence in most of the sitting MLAs. The party has given tickets to 11 of its 17 MLAs again. Whereas, BJP has fielded only 6 of its 14 sitting MLAs. In the rest of the assembly, BJP has fielded new candidates.
Seats are reserved for three Scheduled Tribes (ST) and three Scheduled Castes (SC) in this area. All the three seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes are in the account of the Congress, while the two seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes are with the BJP. Jignesh Mevani is the MLA from the third SC seat, who is the Congress candidate from Vadgam this time.
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