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Early trends in Gujarat hint a hat-trick for Narendra Modi
Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: December 20, 2012 09:46 IST
Election Commission officials said BJP candidates were leading in 50 of the 77 constituencies where trends were available. The Congress was ahead in 24 seats but appeared to be putting up a fight.
In early trends, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was leading in Maninagar constituency.
The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of former BJP chief minister Keshubhai Patel was in the lead in three seats in Saurashtra region.
No result had been declared yet, the officials said.
Before the vote count started across the state at 8 am, Mr Modi confidant Amit Shah asserted that the BJP was sure to win a two-thirds majority in the 182-member Gujarat assembly.
The BJP won 117 seats in the last election in 2007.
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Modi's national aspiration couldn't be ignored after he registered a third successive win in Gujarat's Assembly elections.
In his first election, the 45-year-old activist turned politician defeated incumbent chief minister Sheila Dikshit in her on constituency by some 22,000 votes.
The former actor, with roles in nearly 150 films, has inked a partnership of his Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) with the BJP.