Verdict Day: All eyes on Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh today

Verdict Day: All eyes on Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh today

The bookies who have placed bets to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore on the Gujarat assembly elections have predicted 103 seats for the BJP.

Both Mr Modi and Mr Gandhi and other star leaders of their party have campaigned extensively in the state, as the shape of their future politics will be determined by the outcome of these elections. But a loss in Gujarat, home state to both the prime minister and BJP president Amit Shah, will be seen as the dent to their leadership on home turf.

The exit polls are predicting a clear sweep for BJP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. In Himachal, the lowest predicted for the Congress was 6 by News 24-Today's Chankaya and the maximum for BJP was 55 by Chanakya and India Today-Axis My India survey. Whether the incumbent BJP or the underdog Congress wins, the Gujrat elections will have a wider effect not just in Gujarat but also across the country.

Polling for the 68-member Himachal Assembly took place in single phase on November 9 while of the total 182 assembly segments in Gujarat, 89 seats went to poll in the first phase on December 9 and the remaining 93 segments went on poll in the second phase on December 14.

In Gujarat, counting of votes will be held at 37 centres across the state's 33 districts amid tight security. Booth number 27 in Viramgam recorded an 83 per cent turnout, said officials.

In Surat, the wi-fi service at a college was suspended after the Congress candidate from Kamrej Assembly seat complained of possible hacking and tampering with the EVMs, used in the recently held Assembly polls, kept on its campus.

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