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First Phase Of Gujarat Assembly Polls Begins Today On 89 Seats

The second phase of the election is scheduled to be held on 5 December and the counting of votes will be done on 8 December.

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Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat has begun votings today for the first phase, and according to opinion polls conducted in the lead-up of the state, BJP is predicted to win for the straight seventh term. 

The second phase of the election is scheduled to be held on 5 December and the counting of votes will be done on 8 December. 

Modi-led Bhartiya Janta Party has been in power in Gujarat for the last 27 years. The party was first elected in 1995 with Narendra Modi has served as chief minister for 13 years before becoming the Prime Minister of India in 2014. 

Although, this time the state is also witnessing intensified campaigns and public gatherings conducted by Kejriwal -led Aam Aadmi Party. 

The AAP has been established just a decade ago and came into power in the national capital and Punjab with Bhagwant Mann as the chief minister. 

It is noticed that any unexpected drop in the votes for BJP could lead the party to a tougher contest for the major national elections to be held in 2024. 

The city is expected to witness a three-way contest as the grand old party Congress and AAP are being indulged drastically this time for winning the polls.

The BJP has won 99 seats in the 182 consecutive assembly seats while Congress got 77 seats during the last voting session, five years ago.

While Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been promising electricity subsidies and other bills in Gujarat, on the other hand, Congress has been able to sustain Bharat Jodo Yatra since September receiving positive responses.

Nevertheless, PM Modi still remains the favorite face in Gujarat despite being criticised for unemployment, inflation, among other issues.

As per ABP exit polls, the BJP is expected to win between 131 to 139 seats, while Congress could land up to 31-39 seats. Aam Aadmi Party could bag up to 15 seats.