20 percent voter turnout in first three hours in Gujarat (Lead)

April 30th, 2009 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra Modi Ahmedabad, April 30 (IANS) About 20 percent of Gujarat’s voters exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling in all 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state Thursday, poll officials said.
Chief Minister Narendra Modi cast his ballot at 9 a.m. at a booth in Ranip, under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial aspirant L.K. Advani is the party candidate from Gandhinagar.

“The cities of Vadodara and Surat had a higher turnout of voters between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. than Ahmedabad and Rajkot. By 10 a.m., voting picked up momentum in all cities and towns including Bhavnagar and Bhuj taking the tally to 20 percent,” an election official said here.

So far peaceful polling has been reported in the state, which is witnessing unprecedented security arrangements.

More than 30 percent turnout was recorded by 10 a.m. in rural areas of north and south Gujarat while the turnout was only 15 percent in the rural areas of western and central Gujarat.

Modi, who was accompanied by a large number of BJP supporters, told reporters after voting that “people of Gujarat will ensure that the BJP wins the Lok Sabha poll with a thumping majority in the country”.

“We will ensure that senior BJP leader L.K. Advani wins with a big majority of votes in Gujarat,” the chief minister added.

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