BJP leads in 56 seats, Cong in 50; CM trails in Rajkot West

The BJP is leading in 56 seats and the Congress in 50, according to official trends available for Gujarat Assembly polls after one-and-a-half hour of counting.

As per the Election Commission trends available for 109 seats, the BJP is ahead in 56 seats, while the Congress candidates have a slight edge over their BJP opponents in 50 constituencies. The NCP, Bhartiya Tribal Party and an independent are leading in a seat each.

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader Vijay Rupani was trailing behind Congress candidate Indranil Rajyaguru from Rajkot West, as per the initial trends.

Rajyaguru secured 1,258 votes while Rupani got 491 votes after the end of first round of counting, as per election officials at the counting centre.

The elections for 182-seat Assembly were held on December 9 and 14, after an acrimonious campaign, which was dominated by a face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

In the 2012 elections, the BJP had won 115 seats while the Congress emerged victorious on 61 seats.

The BJP has been in power in the state since 1995, winning consecutive elections in the home state of Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

The main contestants from the BJP are Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani (Rajkot West), Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel (Mehsana) and state BJP unit president Jitu Vaghani (Bhavnagar West).

The main contenders from the Congress are Shaktisinh Gohil (Mandvi), Arjun Modhvadia (Porbandar), Siddharth Patel (Dabhoi), and Paresh Dhanai (Amreli).

OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress ahead of polls is fighting from Radhanpur seat, while Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is contesting from Vadgam.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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