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Voting on 89 seats for the first phase tomorrow, 788 candidates in the fray. 10 big things

Gujarat Polls 2022: Out of the total 182 seats in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, votes will be cast for the first phase on Thursday (December 1) in 89 seats. Just a day before the voting on these seats, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that the commission is committed to conduct fine and fair elections in the state. Appealing to the voters, he said that the people of the state should come out of their homes and go to the polling stations to vote for the welfare of the state.

10 big things about Gujarat elections…

1. In Gujarat, on Thursday, December 1, voting will be held on 89 assembly seats in 19 districts of the state. The fate of a total of 788 candidates is at stake in this first phase election, and votes will be cast at a total of 25,430 polling stations on Thursday.

2. The Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat has issued a press release saying that polling will be held on Thursday between 8 am and 5 pm at 25,430 polling stations. Out 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 won 40 seats and an independent candidate had won one seat.

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3. In this election, apart from BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Marxist Communist Party (CPI), Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), 36 other parties also fielded their candidates. Candidates have been fielded. BJP and Congress have fielded their candidates for all 89 seats.

4. Out of a total of 788 candidates in the first phase, there are 70 women candidates, out of which nine are from BJP, six from Congress and five from AAP. Aam Aadmi Party’s CM candidate Isudan Gadhvi is trying his luck from Khambhalia assembly of Saurashtra division.

5. The fate of many VIP leaders is also at stake in these 89 seats of the Gujarat Assembly. Among these leaders, the fate of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Riva Ba Jadeja from Jamnagar North, BJP leader from different seats in Surat and state Home Minister Harsh Shanghvi and BJP MLA Purnesh Modi, five-time MLA from Bhavnagar Rural Purushottam Solanki are at stake. Is adjacent to. If we talk about Congress leaders, then the fate of Lalit Kagathre, Lalit Vasoya, Rutwik Makwana and Mohammad Javed Peerzada and veteran tribal leader Chhotu Basava will also be sealed in the EVM in the first phase itself.

6. 54 seats of Saurashtra-Kutch are important for Congress to perform better in the state. In this region, the Congress had won 30 seats in the 2017 elections, whereas in the 2012 elections, the party got only 12 seats. At the same time, BJP got only 23 seats in the last election, whereas in the year 2012 elections, it had won 35 seats.

7. In South Gujarat, Surat has long been considered a stronghold of the BJP, 12 seats in Surat district have been held by the BJP for a long time, although this time it is facing a tough challenge from the opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.

8. South Gujarat is considered to be the strongest stronghold of the BJP. However, if we look at the 2017 elections, the Congress did better in South Gujarat and won 10 seats in 2017 as compared to six seats in 2012. On the other hand, BJP got 25 seats, whereas in 2012 elections, it had won 28 seats.

9. According to the Election Commission, polling will be held at 25,430 polling stations in the first phase, out of which 3,311 polling stations are in urban areas and the remaining 11,071 polling stations have been set up in rural areas. According to the state CEO’s office, a total of 4,91,35,400 voters are registered in Gujarat, out of which 2,39,76,670 voters are eligible to vote in the first phase. Of these, 5.74 lakh voters are in the age group of 18 to 19 years while 4,945 voters are above 99 years of age.

10. According to the press release of the Election Commission, the commission has set up 89 model polling stations, in which the arrangement of many polling stations will be looked after by differently-abled personnel. 89 polling stations have been made eco-friendly while women employees are handling the responsibility of polling at 611 polling stations. The commission also informed that there are 18 such polling booths in the state whose responsibility will be handed over to the youth.

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