Ahmedabad, Dec 7: The first phase election campaigns in the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 will come to an end today (December 7). Voting for Gujarat assembly elections in the first phase will take place across 89 constituencies in 19 districts. The pre-poll estimation says that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chances to win the elections but may fall short of its ambitious 150-seat mark in the 182-member House.

An opinion survey, conducted by Times Now-VMR, has predicted an easy win for the Narendra-Modi-led party and a 68-seat win for the Congress, backed by Hardik Patel, in the Gujarat polls 2017. A total of 89 seats, out of a total of 182, will go to polls on December 9. A total of 977 candidates are in the fray, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. (Also Read: District-wise, Constituency-wise Polling Dates in Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Gujarat’s Surat which is going to polls in the first phase. At around 10 AM, PM Modi is likely to address a meet with the SC/ST morcha via video conferencing. BJP national president Amit Shah will hold various meetings in the districts going to polls in the first phase. Shah, according to the reports, will hold rallies in Kadana, Kheralu, Siddhpur, and Dehgaam. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will hold rallies in Somnat, Rajkot East, Talaja, Palitana, Chuda, Umreth, and Sayaliganj.

During a poll campaign, PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a jibe at the Congress party on its claim of winning the Gujarat elections, referring to the Cyclone Ockhi which was set to hit the state, but did not. Prime Minister was addressing a gathering in Dhandhuka, south Ahmedabad. “Whatever that makes a big hullabaloo and is said that it is coming, never does,” PM said.

The second and final phase of the polls will be held on December 14 and the votes will be counted on December 18.