Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday cast his vote in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad as polling began in the third phase of Lok Sabha election.
The Prime Minister reached the polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip area of Ahmedabad in an open vehicle and interacted with people as he went inside to vote.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s president and its candidate from Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency Amit Shah was also present in the polling booth. Shah is up against the Congress’ three-term legislator CJ Chavda in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.
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Chants of “Modi, Modi” were heard as he came out after casting his ballot and acknowledged the people gathered outside the booth. He also walked a little distance as people continued to chant his name.
Earlier, Modi met his mother at her house in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar. Photographs tweeted by news agency ANI showed the Prime Minister touching nearly 99-year-old Heeraben Patel’s feet as she blesses him. Modi also met people outside his mother’s house in Gandhinagar before getting in the house.
All the 26 parliamentary constituencies in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat is polling in the third phase of ongoing general elections and the contest is primarily between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. The BJP won all 26 seats in 2014.
The third phase of the Lok Sabha elections will see as many as 117 seats across 15 states and two Union territories going to vote on April 23. Among the seats will be a solitary seat from Tripura, Tripura East, where elections were delayed by one phase due to security reasons.
The votes will be counted on May 23.