Thu, 08 Dec 2022 10:45 AM IST
The counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly election 2022 is currently underway at 37 centres. The results are expected to be announced by this evening. According to early trends, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Amit Popatlal Shah is leading the Ellisbridge constituency and has secured 26142 votes till 10:30 AM. Congress candidate Bhikhubhai Hargovindbhai Dave is on number 2 with 4174 votes, followed by Aam Aadmi Party's Paras Rupeshkumar Shah with 2889 votes.
Amit Popatlal Shah, 63, is the former mayor of Ahmedabad (2005-2008) and is contesting as a BJP candidate from Ellisbridge. He is also confident about him winning by more than 80,000 votes. According to Shah, AAP won't even make it to one of Ahmedabad's 16 assembly seats.
The BJP candidate has also a qualification of a lawyer, though he never practised. He has also been a councillor at AMC for five consecutive terms. In these five years, he has held several posts including, water supply vice-chairman, member of the AMC standing committee for five years during Congress rule, octroi chairman, and Leader of the Opposition from 2000 to 2005.
If elected, Shah has promised to solve all Disturbed Areas Act related disputes in the Paldi area of his constituency.
According to a report by the Indian Express, during election campaigns Shah used to walk 18,000 steps per day as he believed that it is important to make himself visible in public.
He has total moveable and immovable assets totalling Rs 3.15 crores, according to a report by the Indian Express, can be seen actively holding campaigns ahead of elections.
Earlier, while speaking to the Indian Express, he also mentioned that he is banking on the Hindu vote.
"At Ellisbridge, the Congress has never won (the last non-BJP candidate to be elected was in 1995, an Independent), and our victory margin has only gone up over the years. I believe this year’s margin will be above 80,000. We have meticulously planned our ‘page samitis’ in Hindu areas. We have not gone to Muslim areas because we don’t get their votes, so we don’t even bother working for them. We will give a bada jhatka (huge jolt) to Congress this time. AAP is not even in the picture," he said.
Ever since 1998, the Bharatiya Janata Party has had full control of the Ellisbridge seat.