Gujarat Assembly Election 2022: Voting for the first phase is going on in Gujarat. According to the Election Commission, 34.48 percent people have exercised their franchise till 1 pm in Gujarat. Meanwhile, the opposition party Congress has lodged its complaint with the Election Commission. Congress in-charge of Gujarat Alok Sharma said that at places like Jamnagar, Rajkot the machines broke down and it took more than an hour for the officials to replace them.
Congress made this allegation
In his complaint to the Election Commission, Alok Sharma said that around 50 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) got damaged and were not replaced in time. Apart from this, he has also accused some TV channels of allegedly influencing voters in favor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He accused several TV channels reporting on the polls of giving biased coverage to BJP leaders as if campaigning for the BJP. This election is a clear violation of the model code of conduct. He asked the ECI to stop it immediately, so that free and fair elections could be held. There was no immediate response from the ECI or the BJP to the Congress’s allegations.
Voting continues for the first phase
Voting is going on for the first phase on 89 seats out of total 182 seats in Gujarat Assembly. The fate of a total of 788 candidates is at stake in the first phase. Of the 89 seats that will go to polls in the first phase, the BJP had won 48 in the 2017 assembly elections, while the Congress had 40 seats and one seat was won by an independent. Many big names are also included in these.
AAP’s CM candidate Isudan Gadhvi is trying his luck from Khambhalia assembly constituency in Dwarka district of Saurashtra. On the other hand, AAP’s Gujarat unit president Gopal Italia is the candidate from Surat’s Katargam seat. Apart from this, the fate of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Rivaba Jadeja from Jamnagar North, sitting Congress MLAs like Lalit Kagathre, Lalit Vasoya, Rutwik Makwana and Mohammad Javed Peerzada will also be sealed in the EVM in the first phase itself.
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