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Gujarat poll 2nd phase: An interesting game of numbers

Shorab Negi | Ahmedabad |

After the month-long hectic political parleys witnessed in Gujarat come to an end, an interesting game of numbers has emerged for the second phase of elections scheduled on 14 December.

The second phase will see 93 constituency seats spread over 14 districts in north and central Gujarat.

There are 851 candidates who are vying for 93 seats for which about 2.2 crore electorate will be exercising their vote using 28,114 EVMs at 25,558 polling stations.

As per the details released by the Election Commission of India, of the 93 seats Dariapur, with an area of 6 sq.km, it is the smallest constituency, while Radhanpur with 2,544 sq.km. is the largest.

However, by the size of the electorate, with 1,87,245 voters Limkheda is the smallest and with 3,52,316 voters Ghatlodia constituency is the largest.

Of the total number of 851 contesting candidates, there are 782 males and 69 female candidates in the contest and Mehasana, with 34 candidates, has the highest number of candidates in a single constituency, while Jhalod has just 2 candidates.

Candidates in the fray

There are 93 candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party, 91 of Indian National Congress, 75 of Bahujan Samaj Party, 46 of All India Hindustan Congress Party, 28 of Nationalist Congress Party, 17 of Shivsena, 15 of Bahujan Mukti Party, 14 of Janata Dal (United), 13 of Gujarat Jan Chetna Party, 9 of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Party, 8 of Aam Aadmi Party, and many other smaller parties.

The real outcome of all the efforts of the political parties and the massive electoral exercise will come out clearly on December 18 when the election results will be declared.