BJP leaves rivals behind in Gujarat

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BJP senior leader L K Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the party headquarters in Ahmedabad on Monday. PTI photo

Ahmedabad, (PTI): BJP surged ahead of challenger Congress in Gujarat in 109 of 168 seats, with Chief Minister Narendra Modi leading from Maninagar but both state Congress chief and leader of Opposition trailing their rivals.

State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil were trailing in Porbandar and Bhavnagar(rural) seats respectively.

Keshubhai Patel, a former chief minister and Gujarat Parivartan Party president, who broke away from BJP months ahead of the elections, is leading from Visavadar.

Modi’s right hand man Amit Shah, accused in alleged fake encounters of Sohrabhuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, is leading from Naranpura.

Another Modi confidante and minister Anandiben Patel was leading in Ghatlodia, but minister and state government spokesman Jaynarayan Vyas was trailing in Siddhpur.

Jagruti Pandya, wife of slain BJP leader, Haren Pandya, locked in a ‘revenge’ fight in Ellis Bridge seat, is trailing her BJP rival. Pandya’s family had blamed Modi for the murder of Haren Pandya, who was twice elected from the seat.

Trends from 14 constituencies are still awaited.

Sources in the state election office said BJP was leading in 109 constituencies, Congress in 61, NCP one and others in four.

While BJP had won 117 seats in 2007 polls, Congress had bagged 59.

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