Gujarat local body election 2021 Updates: 53.65% voter turnout in municipal, 58.93% in district and 59.01% in taluka panchayat polls

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Gujarat local body election 2021 Latest updates: As per News18, out of a total of 725 voters in the Bodeli taluka's Targol village, only 1 voted. Locals boycotted the polls due to lack of roads in the village.

As per DD News Gujarati, the average turnout in municipal elections is 46.98 percent, 50.94 percent turnout in district panchayat elections, 53.37 percent turnout in taluka panchayats

District panchayats which went to the polls on Sunday saw a turnout of 40.38 percent till 3.30 pm while taluka panchayats reported 42.93 percent turnout, said reports. Municipalities saw 39.95 percent turnout.

Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel cast his vote from the Kadi municipality in Mehsana district.

Various political leaders cast their votes in the local body elections underway in Gujarat. Congress' Arjun Modhwadia took to Twitter to say that he had exercised his franchise in Porbandar. Working president of the Gujarat Congress Hardik Patel too cast his vote in Ahmedabad's Viramgam.

According to reports, Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani arrived to cast his vote on a cycle, carrying a gas cylinder and a sack of compost to register his protest against price rise.

In the first two hours of polling, seven percent turnout was recorded in the taluka panchayats, with Anand having the highest turnout at 8.9 percent and Porbandar the lowest at 6.7 percent, reports News18 Gujarati.

A scuffle broke out between Congress supporters and police at Akhdol in Nadiad taluka of Kheda district, reports News18 Gujarati. Congress supporters took to the roads, chanting slogans against the police.

Polling for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in Gujarat will take place on Sunday between 7 am to 6 pm, as per reports. The counting of votes will be held on 2 March, the State Election Commission has said.

The SEC officials said voting for 8,473 seats, comprising 2,720 in 680 wards in municipalities, 980 in district panchayats and 4,773 in taluka panchayats, will take place across 36,008 booths.

Some 3.04 crore people in the state are eligible to vote for these polls, and over 44,000 police personnel, including state reserve police units, 12, CAPF companies and 54,000 home guards, will be in place to ensure incident-free voting, they added.

While the BJP has been the dominant force in the state for several years now, Congress believes the fuel price hikes and disenchantment of the people with the ruling party will help it make a comeback.

The Aam Aadmi Party, with 2,097 contestants, and Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), which has fielded candidates in minority-dominated seats in Godhra, Modasa and Bharuch municipalities, will look to challenge the state's two main parties.

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