The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday suspended seven of its leaders for filing nomination as independent candidates after they were not given tickets to contest the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.
Voting for the Gujarat Assembly election will take place in two phases. Polling for first phase will take place on December 1 and for the second phase on December 5. The counting of votes will take place on December 8, coinciding with that of Himachal Pradesh Assembly election.
Gujarat has a 182 member assembly and the BJP had pulled off its sixth consecutive victory winning 99 seats in the last polls, while the Congress put up a spirited fight by bagging 77 seats. In percentage terms, the BJP had polled 49.05 per cent of the valid votes, while Congress had polled 42.97 per cent.
Out of the total constituencies, 142 are general, 17 belong to Scheduled Casts (SC), 23 are Scheduled Tribes (ST).
There will be 4.6 lakh first time voters in the elections this year. There are over 4.9 crore eligible voters in total. EC will set up over 51,000 polling stations for voters. Out of these, 34,276 will be set up in rural areas, while 17,506 will be in urban areas.
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