Ahmedabad: PM Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality of Ahmedabad. Modi stood in queue to vote and after voting, instead of getting into his car, the PM walked around the area, a stronghold of the Patel community, showing his inked finger. The BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from the Sabarmati seat.
A total of 851 candidates are in fray for the second phase. The first phase of voting, held on December 9, covered 89 seats of the 182-member House. The election is being seen as a “prestige battle” for Prime Minister Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi. In the 2012 assembly polls, the BJP had won 115 seats, while the Congress bagged 61. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.