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Record turnout of 68% in first phase of Gujarat polls; Saurashtra could test Narendra Modi

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At a rally this afternoon, BJP leader Narendra Modi said he had been told that there was a record voter turnout in Gujarat on thurday. He was right. 68% turnout, the Election Commission declared in the evening, significantly higher than 2007 for the two regions that voted today - South Gujarat and Saurashtra. The turnout for the entire state in 2007 was 59%; this time, Gujarat is voting in two phases.