The first of the two phases of voting for the Gujarat assembly will be held on December 1 when 89 constituencies will go to the polls in an election in which the ruling BJP is looking for a record seventh successive term.
The entry of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party has made the Gujarat election, which used to be a straight fight between the BJP and Congress, a triangular contest.
In the first phase, 788 candidates are in the fray across 19 districts of South Gujarat and Kutch-Saurashtra region, according to the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer. Of these candidates, 70 are women and 339 independents.
Among the 89 seats, 14 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and seven for Dalits. Polling will open at 8 am and continue till 5.30 pm.