Gujarat elections 2017: 1 in 3 did not cast vote in Ahmedabad

BJP supporters during a rally in Gandhinagar during the Gujarat elections

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday mocked the Congress party and said that the latter should not react so soon over exit polls as it is yet to experience a major shock after final results are declared, reports ANI.

In second phase, the voter turnout till 2 pm stood at 47.40 per cent. In north Gujarat, the Congress leads on 18 of the 32 seats in the region and the BJP leads on only 14. The ABP-CSDS survey poll predicts that the BJP will get 117 seats and the Congress 64, numbers that are nearly identical to that of 2012 Assembly Election. The Congress did comparatively better by securing 17 seats compared to other regions. According to ABP-CSDS survey, the BJP will win in south Gujarat with 21-27 seats and the Congress will get 9-13 seats.

Beyond Gujarat, bookies also predict a sweeping victory for BJP in the hill-state of Himachal Pradesh.

The exit polls predict that the urban swathes of the state have remained firmly with the ruling BJP and have chosen to put their faith in Brand Narendra Modi and his version of development. The BJP leaders were right in claiming that the traders may have been unhappy with the party over the issue opf demonetisation, but they would not ditch the Prime Minister.

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Caste-based voting is ensuring the big win for the BJP, with the upper castes and classes - including the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Rajputs, Baniyas, among others, contributing to the 50 per cent winning voting percentage.

The total number of registered voters in Ahmedabad district is 52.75 lakh, of whom about approximately 34.81 lakh exercised their right to vote, while nearly 18 lakh voters kept away from polling. Party won five of six seats. The first phase of the elections to 89 seats in Gujarat was held on December 9, with a 68% voter turnout.

Similarly if Congress, which is predicted to get 76-78 seats, gets 78 + the bookies will get Rs 35,000 on Rs 1 lakh. The second phase was to pick 93 seats, out of the total 182 constituency seats. As per data provided by Avian Media, BJP has sustained its domination on the digital sphere as well, topping the charts in the "Most Discussed Political Parties" list for both states.

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