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Polling unfolds for Gujarat local bodies

The first phase of the two-phase local body elections in Gujarat has been started on Sunday among 572 municipal wards to pick four candidates each.

Balloting to be held at 13,000 polling stations in the Gujarat state secured by policemen and central reserve police teams, began at 8 a.m. So far no strange incident has been reported in any part of the state meanwhile the first hour of polling.

Following some technical glitches in an electronic voting machine, the voting process was called off for a while or nearly 20 minutes at a polling station in Vadodara. Also while a middle-aged man fainted ahead of polling at a centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The state of Gujarat resides over 95 lakh people who are eligible to exercise their vote in the first phase that will witness polling in city municipal corporation areas in six of the eight other bodies in Gujarat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wields control over six of the eight municipal corporations in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.

Polling picked up a little after ruling BJP patriarch L.K. Advani cast his vote at a polling station in Ahmedabad city’s Khanpur area followed in quick succession by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in newly-developed Shilaj area of the city.

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