Elections 2019: All-Time High Polling In Gujarat In Lok Sabha Polls
Gujarat recorded 64.11 percent voter turnout in the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday, the highest since the state's formation, the Election Commission has said.
Polling for all the 26 parliamentary constituencies in the state was held on Tuesday.
In 1967, the state had recorded 63.77 percent turnout, a record that was broken this time.
In 2014, amid a `Narendra Modi wave', the would-be prime minister's home state had witnessed 63.6 percent polling.
As per the data released by the Election Commission on Wednesday evening, 64.11 percent of the 4.51 crore voters exercised their franchise on Tuesday.
Brisk polling was recorded since early morning in spite of the sweltering heat. In the first five hours (by 1 p.m.), 40 percent voting was recorded.
Amreli in Saurashtra region recorded the lowest turnout at 55.75 percent. It was followed by Pobandar (56.79), Surendranagar (57.85), Kutch (58.22) and Bhavnagar (58.41). Barring these five seats in the Kutch and Saurashtra regions, all other seats recorded polling percentage of 60 or above.
Gandhinagar, from where BJP president Amit Shah is contesting and where Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote, recorded 65.57 percent polling.
Four seats of central and south Gujarat recorded over 70 percent turnout. The highest polling was recorded in Valsad at 75.21 percent. It was followed by Bardoli (73.57), Chhota Udaipur(73.44), Bharuch (73.21) and Vadodara (67.86). Barring Vadodara, which is an urban seat, other four are tribal-dominated areas.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, speaking after casting his vote on Tuesday, had said the high turnout will favour the BJP. "The voting percentage is almost same or even higher than 2014, which indicates there is a wave in favour of Modi," he said.
On the other hand, senior Congress leader Bharat Solanki had said that his party, which had drawn a blank in 2014, will do well this time.
"The people of Gujarat have come out in large numbers to vote out the BJP," he said.