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Ahmedabad, Sept 14: Counting of votes for nine Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held tomorrow, with stakes being high for BJP and the state chief minister Anandi Patel, who succeeded Narendra Modi, facing a litmus test of her leadership to check opposition Congress. A total of 45 candidates were in the fray for nine Assembly seats while four contestants were vying to win Vadodara seat, which was vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has retained Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: NDA is One, Will Contest Polls Together, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
However, the direct fight is between BJP and Congress which is trying to leverage absence of Modi in the state to its advantage. The Assembly seats include Maninagar, vacated by Modi as MLA, Deesa, Tankara, Khambhaila, Mangrol, Talaja, Anand, Matar and Talaja — all held by BJP. The state recorded a 50.95 per cent voter turnout in the bypolls held on September 13. Also Read - 'Nothing More Than Desperate Case of Political Compulsion For Badals', Punjab CM on SAD Snapping Ties With BJP
The by-elections became necessary as sitting BJP MLAs resigned from their seats after being elected as MPs in recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. Patel, the first woman chief minister of the state, had made whirlwind campaigning for BJP for the by-elections.