Gujarat goes to single-phase polling tomorrow
BJP-ruled Gujarat, which has 26 Lok Sabha constituencies, will go for single-phase polling tomorrow amid elaborate security across the state as a total of 4.06 crore voters will exercise their franchise.
Bypolls to seven Assembly seats will also take place simultaneously with the general elections.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polling.
DGP P C Thakur told UNI today a total of 175 companies of para-military forces have been deployed across the state.
He said 1.10 lakh police personnel, members of Lok Rakshak Dal, Gram Rakshak Dal, and Home Guard will also be deployed.
Mr Thakur said focus was being given to sensitive areas which will have special security measures.
Joint Commissioner of Police Vikas Sahai said Rapid Action Force jawans held a flag march in sensitive areas of Ahmedabad yesterday.
He said preventive action has been taken against 13,000 people.
Top police officials held meetings to review security measures yesterday.
The police is using latest technology to thwart any untoward incident during the polling.
He said CCTVs have been installed at various polling booths.
Para-military personnel will be mainly deployed across the state at 45,380 polling booths.
Out of the total 45,380 polling booths in the state, 10,725 have been identified as 'critical'.
The campaigning for 26 Lok Sabha constituencies and seven Assembly seats in the state ended last evening with both the BJP and the Congress leaders making a last-ditch effort to reach out to the voters.
However, the candidates were involved in 'silent canvassing' reaching out to the voters through door-to-door contact programmes.
A total of 4.06 crore voters, including 1,93,68,001 female voters and 285 others, will exercise their franchise.
Gujarat has a total of 8,143 centenarian voters with maximum 1,239 such voters in Surat and the lowest five in Dangs district.
There were 11,67,994 new voters in the state. According to the Election Commission, electoral photo identity cards have been provided to 100 per cent voters.
There are total 334 candidates in fray. The highest number of 25 candidates are contesting from Jamnagar while the lowest four candidates were in the race from Chhota Udepur.
As many as 78 candidates are in fray for seven assembly constituencies where bypolls will be held.
BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is contesting from Vadodara, where the Congress has fielded party national general secretary Madhusudan Mistry.
While the BJP had won 15 and the Congress 11 seats in the last general elections, the ruling party won two bypolls to the Lok Sabha taking its total number of seats to 17.
Besides, Mr Modi and Mr Mistry other high-profile candidates include L K Advani, Paresh Rawal and Shankarsinh Vaghela.
A total of 32 political parties were contesting the general elections in the state.
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also fielded candidates on 24 seats.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)