Elections: Gujarat Votes for 89 Seats, AAP Vying for Surat, Morbi
The first phase of assembly polls in Gujarat saw 89 assembly seats and Surat is among the key areas that voted. Aam Aadmi Party has launched a major campaign in Gujarat to try to prevent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from taking the throne for the seventh consecutive term.
Till 5 p.m., an average voter turnout of 58 percent was recorded. There are 19 districts of Kutch and Saurashtra region and the Southern part of the state that form the 89 seats. Surat, also known as the Diamond city, is the key industrial hub that both parties are vying for. It is known as a stronghold for the BJP and allowed the party to return to power in 2017.
On the other hand, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has stated that the party hopes to win at least half of the 16 segments in Surat. They have campaigned extensively in the city. Another city of contention is Morbi where the bridge collapse killed 135 people under the leadership of the BJP. The government was partly blamed for the collapse of the bridge as the investigation revealed it had not been renovated when due and there were lapses in management as well. Following its victory in Punjab this year, AAP is trying hard to win over Gujarat.