Pre-poll survey shows BJP will lose in Gujarat elections

As Gujarat will vote on Saturday for the debutants what matters is development and jobs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the voters to turn out in large numbers to cast their vote in phase one of Gujarat assembly polls.

Meanwhile, first phase of Polls are being held today in which election for 89 out of 182 assembly seats is being conducted.

Rupani, who is the incumbent chief minister of the state and is leading BJP in Gujarat, is going to bag 78 seats while remaining 4 seats will go to others.

The Congress is fighting the election in an alliance with Hardik Patel-led Patidar Ananmat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).

Fate of 977 candidates, including Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State BJP chief Jitu Vaghani, senior Congress leaders Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhvadia and Paresh Dhanani, to name a few, will be sealed with around 2.12 crore voters expected to exercise their franchise.

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The election is viewed as a prestige battle for Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of soon-to-be Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.The campaign shaped up as a duel between Modi and Gandhi, and often turned personal.

The Congress leader attacked PM Modi for not answering his ten questions, posed by him as part of his social media campaign to highlight the 22 years of "misrule" by the BJP-led government in the state. "In every part of the country, the Congress has misled the Muslim community". The party is confident that Aiyar's "loose tongue" has given them the much-needed weapon that would see a groundswell of support for the BJP candidates.

In a tweet, he said, "Phase 1 of Gujarat polls begin".

The vote, a second round of which will be held on December 14, is seen as crucial for Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of national elections scheduled for 2019. Counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.

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