TNI Bureau: The counting of votes for Gujarat Assembly elections began today at 8 am at 33 places in the state.
The assembly elections were virtually a three-way fight with rebel BJP leader Keshubhai Patel, a former Chief Minister, launching his political outfit Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) months ahead of the polls and main Opposition Congress running a sustained and aggressive campaign against Modi.
Congress had lost power in the key western state in 1990.
According to exit polls, there will be a comfortable win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a hat- trick for Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr. Modi is seeking a third straight term in office.
As of now, at 9.30am, BJP leads in 95 seats, while Congress is ahead in 52 and others are in 4 seats.