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Gujarat bypolls update: Congress, BJP workers clash in Gadhada


Congress and BJP workers in Gadhada clashed during the bypolls on Tuesday. Initially, Congress had accused the BJP of indulging in bogus voting and later workers had a heated argument before it escalated into violence. The violence was reported from the Nutan Vidhyalay booth in Gadhada.

A similar incident of violence was also reported from Moti Vedharma in Nakhatrana of Abdasa seat. A Congress polling agent has accused the BJP of threatening voters to vote for them.

Vijay Rupani meets Mohan Bhawat after bypolls end

Ahmedabad: Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met in Maninagar after the bypolls in the state came to an end on Tuesday. 

Mohan Bhagwat is on a two-day visit to the state. Later addressing media persons, Rupani said that the BJP will win all the eight seats. 

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Overall the eight seats saw around 58% of voting although officially an announcement is yet to be made about polling percentage. Though it is less than the polling recorded during the assembly elections, it is quite good compared to voter turnout during bypolls. 

The highest voting percentage was in Dangs that saw 74.41% voting while the lowest was in Dhari which saw only 42% voting. The results of the bypolls will be declared on November 10. In all, 81 candidates had contested for the eight seats in Gujarat.

BJP bullied voters during bypolls: Amit Chavda

Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda on Tuesday said that the BJP bullied voters during the bypolls held in Gujarat and that the police acted like the agents of the ruling party. 

Chavda said the Congress had complained of several irregularities but the police did not pay heed to any of it. He also said that the Election Commission needs to do its job better.

He alleged that a lot of irregularities happened during the voting in Morbi and a few videos of the same doing the rounds are just tip of the iceberg.

He said a lot of bogus voting has also happened in Limdi and that the higher percentage of voting was a result of bogus voting. He said distribution of pamphlets supporting the BJP during polling is also a violation of the poll conduct but no action has been taken.

He said Congress MLA was unlawfully detained because he wanted to file a complaint against the distribution of money by BJP among voters.

He said the police acted like agents of the BJP and did not look into several complaints raised by the Congress about irregularities.


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