Fate of 236 candidates contesting from four districts of North Gujarat region was sealed on Monday in the electronic voting machines (EVMs). While Banaskantha, Mehsana and Sabarkantha districts registered nearly 75% average voting, Patan district has registered the lowest voting at 68.25%.
While Banaskantha district registered average 75.04% voting, Mehsana registered 75.6% voting and Sabarkantha 75.63% of average polling.
Key BJP contestants in Banaskantha districts include Shankar Chaudhary in Vav, Parbat Patel from Tharad, Liladhar Vaghela from Deesa and Fakir Vaghela from Vadgam. Tharad has topped the voting chart in North Gujarat region with a whopping 85.5% voting, followed by Deodar with 81.5% voting. Minister of state for home Praful Patel’s Himmatnagar constituency in Sabarkantha district is at third spot with 78.6% votes.
In Mehsana district, Kadi (SC) constituency witnessed 77% voting, whereas Unjha constituency registered the lowest 69.3 % voting. Mehsana constituency, from where BJP candidate and state urban development minister Nitin Patel is contesting, has registered 74% voting. Idar constituency of state education minister Ramanlal Vora witnessed 78% voting in Sabarkantha district while Prantij constituency hosting minister of state for education Jaysinh Chauhah, registered 74.1% voting.
Lowest average voting amongst four districts has come from Patan. All four constituencies in the district namely Patan, Chanasma, Radhanpur and Siddhpur have registered 72%, 70%, 70% and 61% voting respectively. Interestingly, Siddhpur
constituency registered the lowest voting in the entire North Gujarat region.
In 2007 assembly election, Siddhpur had registered 71.57% voting, which was highest in the Patan district. State health minister Jayanarayan Vyas is contesting from Siddhpur constituency. There are three reserved seat for tribals in North Gujarat that includes Danta, Bhiloda and Khedbrahmha in Banaskantha district.
All three constituencies registered 74%, 73% and 75% voting, a high turnout for tribal areas. There are three reserved constituencies for Schedule Caste – Vadgam and Idar in Banasakantha and Kadi in Mehsana, which registered 71%, 78% and 77% voting respectively.