Arrangements in place for counting of votes in Gujarat, Himachal tomorrow

India's prime minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at a polling station in Ahmedabad during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election

Indian PM Modi's party predicted to win key state despite economic discontent

Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad today asserted that the party will register comprehensive victories in the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.The law and justice, electronics and IT minister said voters have full faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during whose tenure the country has witnessed "all-round growth". While it's not the 150 seat-tally that BJP President Amit Shah targeted, it's eight more seats than the party now has in the Gujarat Assembly. The BJP chose not to name a chief ministerial candidate in the last six state elections, but made an exception in the hill state by declaring 73-year-old Prem Kumar Dhumal as their chief ministerial candidate. "I am confident my party will win with a majority", Singh said.

For the Congress it was 90 to 92 prior to the exit polls.

He said the exit polls are bogus, manipulated and not based on facts.

In Gujarat, the BJP wound up its election office in a swanky mall on the outskirts of Gandhinagar and held a meeting of all its candidates and polling agents.

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If the Congress wins more than 78 seats the bookies will get Rs 35,000 on the Rs 1 lakh. "Even if any clarification is to be issued, it will be issued by EC", says Avantika Singh, Ahmedabad collector on Hardik Patel's tweet that 140 engineers were hired to tamper with 5000 EVMs.

"We will win more than 120 seats".

However, exit polls in India have not always been correct. It sees the Congress getting between 68and 82 of the state's 182 seats.

At many places, the Congress is reported to have stationed its workers to keep a watch on strong rooms to ensure that no unauthorised person enters.

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