Voting opens in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, April 30 (Inditop) Polling began Thursday morning in Gujarat’s 26 Lok Sabha constituencies, including Gandhinagar from where the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani is seeking re-election.

About 36.4 million people are eligible to vote in what is seen as largely a direct contest between the state’s ruling BJP and the Congress.

There are 359 candidates in the fray including central ministers Shankarsinh Vaghela, Dinsha Patel and Naranbhai Rathwa.

In the high-profile constituency of Gandhinagar, Advani is pitted against Mallika Sarabhai, renowned dancer and social activist who is contesting as an independent, and Suresh Patel of the Congress.