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The counting for the Gujarat assembly elections 2022 is underway. According to trends at 3:30 pm, BJP is leading in 157 out of 182 seats. Congress is leading in 16 seats and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is at 5 seats. To form the state government, a party needs to get 92 seats in the Gujarat assembly.
The saffron party has declared victory and Bhupendra Patel will take oath for the post of chief minister (CM) on December 12. PM Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah will attend the ceremony..
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Gujarat election 2022: Here is what happened in 5 key seats
Ghatlodia assembly seat
Ghatlodia is the constituency of the chief minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel. It comes under the financial capital of the state, Ahmedabad. It is being considered to be a litmus test for Patel, who replaced Vijay Rupani for the top post in 2021. In 2017, it was one of the 99 seats won by the BJP. Bhupendra Patel had defeated INC's Patel Shashikant by over 1 lakh votes.
Bhupendra Patel has won the seat.
Viramgam assembly seat
A prominent face of the Patidar agitation in the state, Hardik Patel, is contesting the election from North Gujarat's Viramgam assembly seat. The constituency has been a stronghold for the Congress. Earlier in 2022, Patel quit the Congress party and launched a barrage of attacks on the party's leadership.
In 2017, this seat was won by Congress' Lakha Bharwad. Currently, Patel is leading the count with a big margin of over 50,000 votes over AAP's Amarshinh Thakore, who is at the second spot. .
Vadgam assembly seat
The voting for Vadgam took place in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections 2022 on December 5. Congress party's Jignesh Mevani is the key contender for this seat. He is also the sitting MLA from Vadgam. It has been a Congress stronghold. He is locked in a three-cornered battle with BJP's Manibhai Vaghela and AAP's Dalpat Bhatia. Vaghela, who was the Congress party's MLA from Vadgam from 2012-2017, had quit the party and joined the BJP.
After trailing for almost the whole day, Jignesh Mevani is now leading with over 4,000 votes.
Khambhalia assembly seat
AAP's chief minister candidate Isudan Gadvi is contesting from Devbhoomi Dwarka's Khambhalia seat. He is contesting against Congress' Ahir Vikrambhai Arjanbhai and Mulubhai Bera of BJP. In 2017, Vikrambhai of Congress won the seat by 79,779 votes. In the Gujarat election 2022, 60.29 per cent polling took place in the Khambalia assembly seat.
Mulubhai Bera is leading the count with a comfortable margin of nearly 20,000 votes.
Jamnagar North assembly seat
Rivaba Jadeja won the seat with a margin of over 50,000 votes.
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First Published: Thu, December 08 2022. 10:36 IST