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Narendra Modi hopes to score hattrick

Posted on Dec 17, 10:02PM | IBNS

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who voted in a polling booth in Ahmedabad on Monday cheered by his supporters during the second and final phase of balloting in the state to elect a new assembly, said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will score a hattrick in the state.

"In this election the people of Gujarat will make a hattrick," said Modi emerging out of the polling booth.

"The people will choose BJP once again," he said after voting at a school at Ranip in Ahmedabad which falls in the Sabarmati constituency.

As he walked out of the polling station a large crowd and huge media contingent almost made it impossible for his car to move.

Clad in saffron, a beaming Modi thanked the voters for large turnouts and said BJP would return once again.

The second and last phase of polls in Gujarat is underway on Monday to elect a new assembly.

Focus is also on Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt, the wife of anti-Modi IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who also cast her vote as she takes on Narendra Modi himself from Maninagar constituency.

In this phase more than 1.98 crore voters are eligible to decide the fate of 820 candidates, including chief minister Narendra Modi, vying for the 95 seats.

Following a record 71 percent voter turnout in the first phase on Dec 13, officials are expecting similar numbers in 40 constituencies in five districts of central Gujarat, 32 seats in five districts of north Gujarat, 17 seats of Ahmedabad and on six seats in Kutch district.

Modi is seeking his third term as chief minister.

The counting is on Dec 20.