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Gujarat Assembly election 2017: Pujara, Rupani, Ahmed patel cast their vote

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    Amid powerful rallies, heightened emotional drama and continuous exchange of dialogues, 89 constituencies of Gujarat are exercising their right to franchise.

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    Congress' Arjun Modhwadia casts his vote at a polling booth in Porbandar

    Election in numbers

    The first phase of Assembly Elections for 89 of its 182 seats. Spread from Rajkot to Saurashtra, these constituencies will see a total of 977 candidates trying their luck on Saturday.

    Around 21.2 million voters are expected to exercise their voting rights in the state.

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    Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel casts his vote in Bharuch's Ankleshwar


    Voters Breakup Total Registered Voters: 2,12,31,652 Men: 1,11,05,933 Women: 1,01,25,472

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    A couple in Bharuch cast their votes before their wedding ceremony

    Past record: In 2012, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 63 of the 89 constituencies while the Congress got only 22 seats. Others won four seats.

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    Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara casts his vote in Rajkot's Ravi Vidayalaya booth

    Largest Constituency Abdasa Assembly seat in Kachchh district is the largest constituency, which is spread over 6,278 sq km. Smallest Constituency Karanj Assembly seat in Surat district is smallest constituency, which is spread over only 4 sq km

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    CM Vijay Rupani casts his vote in Rajkot

    Big names that will be in the fray Vijay Rupani vs Indranil Rajyaguru: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will be contesting from the Rajkot West constituency, from where Modi had earlier won his election in 2002. With around 300,000 registered voters, Rajkot West has always voted in the favour of BJP.

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    Queue outside a polling booth in Surat

    Back to paper: Using VVPAT in state election The Election Commission has decided to use the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system for all the constituencies in the Gujarat Assembly elections. This is the first time that VVPAT will be used on a state-wide basis. VVPAT will allow voters to verify their votes after casting on the EVM. The paper trail in VVPAT allows for an audit of the election results by the EC.

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    BJP Gujarat Chief Jitubhai Vaghani casts his vote in Bhavnagar

    Tough nut to crack: Saurashtra and Kutch Muslim majority in Kutch: The final outcome of the Gujarat polls is likely to see a major sway because of the 54 Assembly seats in Saurashtra and Kutch regions. The Congress is trying to get hold of six major seats in Kutch, where BJP is facing stiff challenges amid issues like shortage of drinking water. Patels of Saurashtra: Considered a strong ground for BJP, Patel-dominated Saurashtra can be a tough nut to crack. The influential Patidar community, which accounts for 12 per cent of Gujarat’s 60 million people, is against the present state government because of its demand for reservation in government jobs and education sectors.

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