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Gujarat Civic Polls: Average 27% voting recorded till 1 pm

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The voter turnout in the second phase of local body elections is gradually picking up pace with each passing hour. Voting for municipalities, taluka panchayat and district panchayat is going on throughout the state.

Till 1 pm, the state has recorded an average voter turnout of 27 per cent. Nearly 35.44 per cent voting has been recorded in Dang district panchayat, 26.61 per cent voting has been reported in Gandhinagar district panchayat, 26.45 per cent voting has been reported in Morbi district panchayat, 25.06 per cent voting has been recorded in Gir Somnath district panchayat and 24.41 per cent voting has been recorded in Navsari district panchayat.

A voter turnout of 30.37 percent was recorded in Dahod municipality till 1 pm while 46.61 percent took place in Jhalod municipality

Politicians cast vote

Several political leaders from both the Congress and the BJP exercised their franchise in the second phase of civic polls. Congress leader Hardik Patel also voted in his hometown Viramgam in Ahmedabad district. He also requested people to cast their vote to strengthen democracy in the country.

Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia exercised his franchise in Porbandar. Incumbent education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma cast his vote in Dholka. Union minister of state for panchayati raj and agriculture Parshottam Rupala cast his vote at a booth in Amreli while BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Jugalji Thakor cast his vote in Mehsana.

Paresh Dhanani arrives to vote on a bicycle

Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani arrived to cast his vote on a bicycle, carrying a gas cylinder and a sack of compost to register his protest against price rise.

Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel cast his vote from the Kadi municipality in Mehsana district. He also wished success to candidates fielded by the BJP in the local body elections.

 

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