Sonia Gandhi to campaign for second phase of Gujarat assembly polls
Congress President Sonia Gandhi will be campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat today.
According to Television reports, Sonia will be holding two rallies in Kalol and Mehsana. She is also expected to address a media briefing in Ahmedabad.
During her whirlwind tour of the state earlier, Sonia had sharpened her attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is seeking a third consecutive term in office.
She had accused Modi and his BJP-led government of failing to meet the aspirations of the people of the state.
"They (Modi and BJP) have no interest in poor and common people but its only interest is development of its own and a select few people. The development which was promised in a big way is nowhere to be seen in this tribal land...because what they promised were hollow and false," Sonia said.
A huge voter turnout was recorded on Thursday in the first phase of elections.
Over 68 percent voters exercised their franchise during the polling for 87 seats of the 182 member assembly.
The constituencies where polling was held include 48 in seven districts of Saurashtra, 35 seats in seven districts of south Gujarat and four seats in Ahmedabad district.
The second phase will be held on December 17 while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 20.
Thursday's voter turnout is the highest in the elections held so far in Gujarat. The highest polling recorded earlier was 63.70 per in 1967 elections. In 2007, the voter turnout was 59.77 per cent.