Voting ends in first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2022: Live Updates

The people of Gujarat have started to cast vote for the first phase of the assembly elections today (1 December 2022) after intense campaigning by all the political parties. According to the Election Commission of India, the voting has started at 8 am and will conclude at 5 pm.

A total of 39 political parties are contesting in the elections-the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and Congress are the prominent one. The 39 parties have fielded 788 candidates including 718 male candidates and 70 women candidates.

The ruling BJP is exuding confidence in retaining the 27-year-long rule in the state, while the Congress is desperate to save its second position in the state while Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is making a gamble by trying to cash in on ‘anti-incumbency’.

As the BJP looks to retain power and AAP aims to make inroads into yet another state, a fierce battle is expected on various seats.

Livemint will keep you informed about the latest updates of Gujarat phase-I voting day.

PM Modi’s 30-km-long roadshow underway in Ahmedabad

After the completion of the first phase of polling in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening started a more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad city, where polling will be held in the second phase of the Assembly elections.

01 Dec 2022, 05:38:43 PM IST

56.88% voter turnout till 5 pm

Gujarat sees 56.88% voter turnout till 5 pm in the first phase of the ongoing Assembly elections.

01 Dec 2022, 05:28:54 PM IST

Voting ended for 1st phase of Gujarat Assembly polls

Voting ended for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats across 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and southern regions at 5 pm on today.

01 Dec 2022, 04:57:51 PM IST

Scuffle between two groups of people

During voting, a scuffle broke out between two groups of people from different political parties at Palitana in Bhavnagar. At Jamjodhpur in Jamnagar district, women voters registered a protest after finding that there was no separate booth for them at the polling station. In Junagadh, a ruckus broke out after police tried to stop a Congress functionary when he was walking towards the polling station carrying a cooking gas cylinder on his shoulder.

01 Dec 2022, 04:54:11 PM IST

Tribal-dominated south Gujarat districts see over 60% polling

The tribal-dominated Tapi and Narmada districts in south Gujarat registered more than 60 per cent polling, as per the EC.

01 Dec 2022, 03:52:23 PM IST

48.48% voter turnout till 3 pm

Nearly 48.48% voter turnout has been recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly Elections2022, as per the Election Commission of India.

01 Dec 2022, 03:33:29 PM IST

Voting underway

Voting is underway on Thursday for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 out of the total 182 seats in the state. The remaining 93 seats, including Kalol, will go to polls in the second phase on December 5.

01 Dec 2022, 03:15:35 PM IST

Live webcasting of 13,065 polling stations underway to ensure transparency

The political fate of 788 candidates will be sealed in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly election, meanwhile live webcasting of 13,065 polling stations in 19 districts is underway to ensure transparency in the elections.

01 Dec 2022, 02:47:53 PM IST

34.65% voter turnout till 1 pm

An average voter turnout of 34.65 per cent wass recorded till 1 pm on Thursday in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections underway in 89 seats across 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and southern regions, the Election Commission said.

01 Dec 2022, 01:54:20 PM IST

Teach Congress lesson by voting for ‘lotus’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi said there is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive words against him, referring to the opposition party president Mallikarjun Kharge’s ‘Ravan’ jibe at him. Before Kharge, another Congress leader had said the party will show Modi his ‘aukat’ (place), the PM said, apparently referring to Madhusudan Mistry’s remark last month. Addressing a poll rally at Kalol town in Panchmahal district of Gujarat, Modi said such abusive words used for him were an insult of Gujarat and its people because he was raised by the people of this land. He asked people to teach the Congress leaders a lesson by voting for the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s symbol) in the state elections.

01 Dec 2022, 01:51:09 PM IST

PM Modi attacks Congress says, ‘If they believed in democracy, they would have never gone to this level’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked Congress Party during the campaigning for the second phase of the Gujarat poll.

The Prime Minister said, “If they believed in democracy, they would have never gone to this level. They believe in one family and not democracy. They can do anything to please that one family and that family is everything to them, not democracy”.

01 Dec 2022, 01:31:50 PM IST

Rajkot records 26% voter turnout till noon: Official

Rajkot Collector Arun Mahesh told ANI news agency that the district recorded a 26% of turnout so far. “No untoward incident has been reported so far. We are monitoring sensitive polling stations through webcasting,” he added.

01 Dec 2022, 01:26:53 PM IST

Amit Shah lists ‘problems solved’ under Modi’s tenure as Gujarat CM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, during Gujarat Phase-2 election campaign said that under the tenure of Narendra Modi various problems were solved in the state. “Water problem was solved, and check dams were built. Electricity is being supplied for 24 hours. Enrollment and dropout issue was solved,” Shah told ANI news agency.

01 Dec 2022, 01:11:43 PM IST

Mumtaz Patel exudes confidence in Congress winning in Ankleshwar seat

Mumtaz Patel, daughter of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel, exuded confidence in Congress winning in Ankleshwar Assembly Constituency despite it being a neck-to-neck fight in the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections.

“We are advocating a change. There is a neck-to-neck fight here (Ankleshwar) yet I am confident that Congress will win,” said Mumtaz Patel.

Mumtaz Patel cast her vote at a polling booth in Ankleshwar, Bharuch.

When asked about not contesting the elections this year she said that she needs time to understand and would first like to observe things.

“For the time being, I’ll observe and understand things. After that, I’ll go among the public, and then, I’ll contest,” said Mumtaz Patel.

01 Dec 2022, 12:56:43 PM IST

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel holds roadshow for phase-2 election

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Thursday held a roadshow in the Mehsana district which will see polling in the second phase of the Assembly election on 5 December.

Besides, PM Modi will also return to the Gujarat election campaign trail after a gap of two days. This time, it will be a three-hour-long mega roadshow spanning 16 Assembly constituencies for the second phase of the Assembly election.

According to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), this mega show will cover more than 50 km starting from the Naroda Gam and ending at Gandhinagar South constituency.

The Prime Minister’s roadshow is likely to begin at 3:30 pm in the afternoon and is expected to go on till 6:30 pm this evening.

01 Dec 2022, 12:41:22 PM IST

Gujarat polls: Tapi records highest voter turnout at 26.47% so far

As per the Election Commision of India (ECI), Tapi recorded the highest voter turnout at 26.47 % while Devbhumi Dwaraka recorded the lowest voter turnout at 15.86 %.

Among prominent candidates, Gujarat Chief Minster Bhupendra Patel is contesting from Ghatlodia, AAP Chief Ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi from Khambhaliya, former Congress leader and BJP candidate Hardik Patel from Viramgam, former Congress leader and now BJP candidate Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar South.

AAP state president Gopal Italia is contesting from Katargam constituency, Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi from Majura, Rivaba Jadeja from Jamnagar North, former Gujarat minister Parshottam Solanki from Bhavnagar Rural, Kunwarji Bavaliya from Jasdan, Kantilal Amrutiya from Morbi and Jayesh Radadiya from Jetpur

The voter turnout in Amreli was 19 %, Bharuch recorded 17.57 %, Bhavnagar was 18.84 %, Botad at 18.50 %, Dangs at 24.99 %, Gir Somnath at 20.75 %, Jamnagar was at 17.85 %, Junagadh at 18.85 %, Kachchh was at 17.62 % and Morbi at 22.27 %.

Meanwhile, the voter turnout at Narmada was 23.73 %, Navsari was at 21.79 %, Porbandar was at 16.49 %, Rajkot was at 18.98 %, Surat was at 17.92 %, Surendranagar was at 20.67 % and Valsad was at 19.57 %.

The polling is underway in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat.

01 Dec 2022, 12:21:02 PM IST

Gujarat Assembly polls: 330 of 1,621 candidates have criminal records

As many as 330 of 1,621 candidates, or around 20%, contesting the next month’s Gujarat Assembly elections have criminal cases registered against them, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on 28 November.

The AAP tops the list with 61 such candidates. Whereas 60 candidates from Congress and 32 from the ruling BJP have criminal cases against them. A total of 192 candidates are booked for serious offences related to murder, rape, and attempt to murder, including 96 from Congress, BJP, and AAP.

01 Dec 2022, 12:17:59 PM IST

Gujarat polls 2022: AAP candidate Alpesh Kathiriya casts his vote

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Alpesh Kathiriya casts his vote in the first phase of the Gujarat election at a polling station in Surat.

01 Dec 2022, 12:07:03 PM IST

Gujarat polls: Independent candidate Maganbhai Solanki wants govt to encourage youth to grow moustache

Maganbhai Solanki (57), the man proud of his gunslinger moustache who is contesting as an independent candidate from the Himmatnagar seat in Sabarkantha district, has urged Centre to encourage youth to grow moustache.

Solanki, who retired from the Army as honorary Lieutenant in 2012, says he loves contesting elections and has been doing so since the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls. “I was then a candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). I lost but did not give up. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, I contested as an independent. This time also I am contesting as an independent”. Solanki has 2.5 feet long moustache.

Solanki said he would urge the state government to bring in a law to inspire the youth of Gujarat to grow moustache. “Whoever grows a moustache, the government should pay some amount for its maintenance,” he said. Solanki also said if he wins, he will take up in the Assembly the issue of the rights of ex-service personnel. “I have been fighting for the rights of ex-service personnel as jawans these days retire early due to policy changes. Most of them are jobless after they retire at the age of 45-46. Earlier, the retired jawans used to get re-employed in government offices, but now that has also stopped,” he claimed.

01 Dec 2022, 11:43:06 AM IST

Gujarat election: Voter turnout at 18.8% till 11 am

According to the election commission, the voter turnout in the initial three hours was recorded at 18.8%.

01 Dec 2022, 11:36:45 AM IST

Gujarat election: Ravindra Jadeja casts vote in Jamnagar

Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday cast his vote at a polling station in Jamnagar in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections and appealed to people to vote in large numbers.

His wife and BJP candidate Rivaba Jadeja voted in Rajkot earlier today.

“I appeal to the people to vote in large numbers,” said Ravindra Jadeja.

01 Dec 2022, 11:26:57 AM IST

‘We will create a new record,’ Union Health Minister on Gujarat polls

Union Health Minister and BJP leader Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said that his party will break the previous records and create a new record.

“People of my village (Hanol) have always believed in the politics of development. I see that the trust of the people of Gujarat has increased in BJP. This time we will break our record and will create a new record,” Mandaviya said.

01 Dec 2022, 11:21:20 AM IST

Gujarat election: Erstwhile royal family in Rajkot cast their votes

Mandhatasinh Jadej Thakor Saheb and Kadambari Devi – members of the erstwhile royal family in Rajkot cast their votes today. The family members arrived at the polling station in a vintage car.

01 Dec 2022, 10:54:11 AM IST

Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s father and sister cast their vote at Jamnagar

Anirudhsinh Jadeja and Naina Jadeja-father and sister f cricketer Ravindra Jadeja – vote at a polling station in Jamnagar

Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Rivaba Jadeja is BJP candidate from Jamnagar North while Anirudhsinh and Naina campaigned for Congress candidate.

01 Dec 2022, 10:51:17 AM IST

Gujarat Assembly Speaker casts her vote

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Nimaben Acharya casts her vote for the first phase of Gujarat Elections 2022 at a polling station in Bhuj.

01 Dec 2022, 10:09:45 AM IST

‘I’m with Congress’, says Rivaba Jadeja’s father-in-law

Star cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s father said he is still with Congress. His daughter-in-law Rivaba Jadeja is fighting on BJP’s ticket from the Jamnagar seat.

Anirudhsinh Jadeja, Rivaba’s father-in-law said, “We should stay with our party, been with them for years. He knows it’s a party matter, no family problem”.

01 Dec 2022, 10:00:29 AM IST

Vote for employment, cheap gas cylinder, loan waiver of farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged Gujarat voters to vote for “employment, cheap LPG gas cylinders, and for loan waiver of farmers”.

Gandhi added, “For the progressive future of Gujarat, vote in large numbers and make this festival of democracy a success”.

01 Dec 2022, 09:47:10 AM IST

Gujarat polls: Voter turnout at 4.92%

According to the election commission, the voter turnout in the initial one hour was recorded at 4.92%.

01 Dec 2022, 09:43:54 AM IST

BJP candidate from Vansda Piyush Patel attacked

BJP’s Piyush Patel was allegedly attacked by unknown miscreants late on Wednesday.

Patel the BJP candidate from Vansda alleged that he was travelling from Pratapnagar to Vandervela village with his supporters and was attacked. The miscreants he alleged pelted stones and attempted to vandalise his car.

Patel sustained injuries on his head and was admitted to the hospital with injuries.

A case has been registered at the Vansda police station.

Vansda is the 182 Legislative Assembly constituency of Gujarat. It is reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribes.

01 Dec 2022, 09:35:38 AM IST

Voting at PM Modi’s home state Gujarat seen as ‘easy’ mid-term test for BJP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat began voting on Thursday with his BJP expected to win a seventh straight term, but any unexpected slip could herald a tighter contest in national polls due by 2024.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not lost in the western industrial state since 1995 and Modi served as its chief minister for nearly 13 years before becoming prime minister in 2014 after trouncing the Congress party.

Opinion polls conducted in the lead-up to the Gujarat polls projected the BJP to comfortably retain power in the state.

In the last state election five years ago, the BJP won 99 seats in the 182-member assembly while Congress got 77.

The BJP is expected to win between 131 to 139 seats this time, ABP-CVoter projected in November. Congress could win 31 to 39 seats while the Aam Aadmi Party could bag up to 15.

According to India TV-Matrize opinion poll, also conducted in November, the BJP may win up to 119 seats.

01 Dec 2022, 09:23:13 AM IST

33 polling stations being run by youth: Chief Election Commissioner

To motivate and inspire young voters for the first time, 33 polling centers are being managed by youngsters, CEC Rajiv Kumar said.

Kumar said 4.77 lakh are the first time voters and over 3.3 lakh are young voters in today’s election.

01 Dec 2022, 09:19:00 AM IST

Gujarat polls: Madhya Pradesh Governor, wife cast votes at Navsari

Madhya Pradesh Governor MangubhaiPatel and his wife cast their votes at a polling booth in Navsari in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly election on Thursday.

Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi also exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Surat.

01 Dec 2022, 09:07:18 AM IST

Vijay Rupani, wife cast their votes in Rajkot

Former Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and his wife Anjali Rupani cast their votes at Rajkot, Gujarat.

01 Dec 2022, 09:00:13 AM IST

PM Modi to hold 50 km long roadshow in Ahmedabad today

After a gap of two days, PM Modi will once again return to the Gujarat election campaign trail, and this time with a 3-hour long mega roadshow spanning across 15 assembly constituencies for the phase-2 of state assembly election.

The phase 2 polls will be held on 5 December. The results of the polls will be out on 8 December.

01 Dec 2022, 08:53:45 AM IST

Gujarat polls: Cash, drugs, liquor worth over ₹290 crore seized

Cash, drugs, liquor, and freebies worth over ₹290 crore have so far been seized by the authorities until 30 November, which is over 10 times the recoveries made during the entire 2017 assembly election period in the state.

The total seizures in the 2017 Gujarat assembly election were ₹27.21 crore. As on November 29, total seizures stood at ₹290.24 crore — 10.66 times of seizures in 2017.

01 Dec 2022, 08:48:32 AM IST

Rajkot West: BJP’s Darshita Shah confident of winning from PM Modi’s old Assembly seat

Darshita Shah, a BJP candidate, whom the party has fielded on the Rajkot West seat has some big shoes to fill in, as big leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former chief minister Vijay Rupani were once candidates from this seat.

Rajkot West, a seat which the BJP has not lost even once since 1985 and is considered a bastion of the party, has witnessed a change of candidate from the ruling party.

Darshita Shah, who is the daughter of RSS leader Praful Doshi, has exuded confidence in winning the seat once again.

01 Dec 2022, 08:42:49 AM IST

Gujarat: Congress MLA raises inflation issue as he goes to the polling station

Amreli Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani leaves his residence, to cast his vote, with a gas cylinder on a bicycle.

01 Dec 2022, 08:39:19 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal urges Gujarat to vote for a ‘better future’

Voting for the Phase-I election kicked off in Gujarat on Thursday.”My appeal to all the voters of the assembly constituencies where voting is taking place in Gujarat today-You have a golden opportunity, do vote for the better future of Gujarat and your children, this time do something big,” AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal tweets.

01 Dec 2022, 08:30:43 AM IST

 Gujarat election 2022: Key seats and candidates:


In the phase-I election, Jamnagar North is seeing a battle between BJP’s Rivaba Jadeja, cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife, Congress’ Bipendrasinh Jadeja and AAP’s Karsan Karmur.

The BJP dropped the sitting MLA Dharmendrasinh Merubha who won the seat by defeating Congress candidate Ahir Jivanbhai Karubhai Kumbharvadiya in the 2017 Assembly elections.


The constituency became a talking point following the tragic incident recently in which a suspension bridge fell into the river claiming the lives of over 130 people.

The BJP has fielded Kantilal Amrutiya while the Congress has fielded Jayantilal Jerajbhai Patel and AAP-Pankaj Ransariya.

BJP has won the Morbi Assembly seat in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2012 before Amrutiya lost to Merja, who was in Congress in 2017. Merja had joined BJP later and won the by-polls from Morbi again. The BJP has Merja with Amrutiya in 2022.


The seat becomes significant as the AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi is contesting from this seat where he is confronted by BJP’s Mulu Ayar Bera and Congress’ Vikram Madam.


The seat is considered a bastion of the BJP which the party has not lost since 1985.

Rajkot West is the seat where Prime Minister Narendra Modi previously contested a by-poll in 2002. Former chief minister Vijay Rupani had also contested from the seat in the 2017 Assembly elections. The BJP has given a ticket to two-time Deputy Mayor Darshita Shah who is up against AAP’s Dinesh Joshi and Congress’s Mansukhbhai.


The BJP has fielded Bhagwan Barad from the seat who is contesting against AAP’s Devendra Solanki and Congress’ Mansinh Dodiya.Barad had won the seat in the 2017 Assembly polls. He had resigned as the Congress MLA from Talala Gir Somnath district and had joined the BJP following which he was given a ticket from the same seat. Barad is an influential leader of the Ahir community. He won from the Talala constituency in 2007 and 2017.


The seat is all set to witness an interesting battle this time in which AAP has fielded its state president Gopal Italia who is considered to be an influential Patidar leader, from the constituency. He had played a key role in the Patidar quota agitation in 2015.

He will face off against Congress candidate Kaplesh Variya, who belongs to the Prajapati community (OBC), and BJP candidate Vinodbhai Amrishbhai Mordiya.


A tough battle is expected on the Porbandar seat where the BJP has fielded its sitting MLA and four-time winner Babu Bokhiria once again. He is pitted against Congress candidate Arjun Modhwadia and AAP’s Jeevan Jungi.

Bokhiria had won the seat in 1995, 1998, 2012 and 2017. In 2002 and 2007, Bokhiria was defeated by his arch-rival and former Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia. Both are face-to-face this time too.


Kandhalbhai Jadeja, son of late don Santokben Sarmanbhai Jadeja, is contesting on the Samajwadi Party ticket. He had won the 2017 Assembly elections on the NCP ticket, however, quit the party recently after he was denied a ticket. He is pitted against BJP’s Dheliben Odedra, AAP’s Bhimabhai Makvana, and Congress’ Nathabhai Odedra.

01 Dec 2022, 08:21:05 AM IST

Gujarat election: PM Modi’s message to the voters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to voters, particularly first-time voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers today.

01 Dec 2022, 08:13:47 AM IST

Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Rivaba urges people to vote

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jamnagar North candidate and ace cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Rivaba urged the Gujarat voters on Thursday to exercise their franchise as much as possible

01 Dec 2022, 08:06:09 AM IST

Chief Election Commissioner expects record voting in Gujarat

CEC Rajiv Kumar expects record voting in Gujarat Assembly Election.

Kumar said that in the entire election, there will be 182 booths which will be managed by PWDs only. There are 1,274 booths which will have only women employees. PWDs, women and senior citizens are such voters whom we should look at with equity, and equality and consider them as fully capable.

01 Dec 2022, 08:03:07 AM IST

Gujarat poll 2022: Voting begins for the Phase-I

Fate of the political parties will be decided by over 2 crore voters today, with 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat going up for polling.

01 Dec 2022, 07:51:32 AM IST

Gujarat poll 2022: Key candidates to watch out for:

Here’s a list of key candidates in today’s poll:

  • Rivaba Jadeja (BJP)
  • Isudan Gadhvi (AAP)
  • Bipendrasinh Jadeja (Congress)
  • Karsan Karmur (AAP)
  • Kantilal Amrutiya (BJP)
  • Jayantilal Jerajbhai Patel (Congress)
  • Pankaj Ransariya (AAP)
  • Mulu Ayar Bera (BJP)
  • Vikram Madam (Congress)
  • Darshita Shah (BJP)
  • Dinesh Joshi (AAP)
  • Malubhai Kandoria (Congress)
  • Bhagwan Barad (BJP)
  • Devendra Solanki (AAP)
  • Mansinh Dodiya (Congress)
  • Gopal Italia (AAP)
  • Kaplesh Variya (Congress)
  • Vinodbhai Amrishbhai Mordiya (BJP)
  • Kandhalbhai Jadeja
  • Dheliben Odedra (BJP)
  • Bhimabhai Makvana (AAP)
  • Nathabhai Odedra (Congress)

01 Dec 2022, 07:41:47 AM IST

Gujarat election: Mock polling underway at Nilkanth Vidhyalay

Mock polling underway at Nilkanth Vidhyalay – designated as a polling booth – in Morbi. Voting to begin at 8 am, reports ANI news agency.

01 Dec 2022, 07:30:09 AM IST

Gujarat election 2022: Key constituencies

  • Jamnagar North (Jamnagar)
  • Morbi
  • Khambalia (Devbhoomi Dwarka)
  • Rajkot West (Rajkot)
  • Talala (Gir Somnath)
  • Kutiyana (Porbandar)

01 Dec 2022, 07:11:43 AM IST

Gujarat first phase election timings

The voting will begin at 8 AM and it will continue till 5 PM on Thursday.


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