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Gujarat polls: Congress should forget 2019 elections and start preparing for 2024, says CM Rupani

As first phase of Gujarat polls commenced today, Rupani, who is contesting from Rajkot (West) seat started his day by visiting temple.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Ahmedabad [ Published on: December 09, 2017 14:30 IST ]
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with his wife.
Image Source : PTI Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with his wife.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday dismissed any questions of challenge and said that the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is confident of their win in Gujarat and there is no question of any challenge.

The Gujarat chief minister added that the Congress party should forget 2019 elections and start preparing for 2024.

As first phase of Gujarat polls commenced today, Rupani, who is contesting from Rajkot (West) seat started his day by visiting temple.

"People should come out in large numbers to vote. We are very confident, no question of any challenge," Vijay Rupani said.

The first phase of polling is underway in 89 assembly constituencies of Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions with 977 candidates in the fray.

About 2.12 crore voters, comprising 1, 11,05,933 men and 1,01,25,472 women, are expected to exercise their franchise.

Abdasa assembly seat in Kutch district is the largest constituency, which is spread over 6,278 sq km while Karanj assembly seat in Surat district is smallest constituency, which is spread over only 4 sq km.

The second phase will be held on December 14 for 93 assembly constituencies while counting of the votes will be done on December 18.

The crucial elections are being seen as prestige battle for BJP, which has been ruling the state for last 22 years, and litmus test for the Congress.

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