- Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani leads from Rajkot West constituency
- He was briefly trailing behind Congress rival Indranil Rajguru
- Rajkot West has 75,000 Patidars voters, a community upset with BJP
Mr Rupani is the first Chief Minister since Narendra Modi to face elections in Gujarat.
Rajkot West is a prestige seat for the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi contested the first-ever election of his life from this constituency and won.
Rajkot is the financial nerve-centre of the Saurashtra region, where the Congress is seen to have made big gains.
Elections for the 182-seat Gujarat assembly were held on December 9 and 14, after a bitter campaign in which PM Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi traded barbs.
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