Cong, BJP equal contenders in Gujarat polls: Opinion poll

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The keenly watched Gujarat Assembly polls are headed for a photo finish as per the third and the final round of tracker poll conducted by Lokniti-CSDS-ABP News, which claims that both Congress and BJP will get 43% of the votes.

Gujarat is slated to go to polls in two phases - on December 9 and 14.

BJP sources said in Lucknow on Monday said the newly-elected Mayors along with Amethi Nagar Panchayat chairperson Chandrama Devi and Nagar Panchayat Jais chief Chandrama Prasad will meet the Prime Minister at his official residence. "They are all devoted party workers and will be used where ever the party needs them", BJP state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak told PTI.

The Congress is also hoping to bridge a gap of nearly 9 per cent vote share, the difference that led the BJP to victory in 2012.

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The Congress lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held.

Of the top posts in the nagar panchayats, the BJP won 100, while the SP won 83 and BSP 45. With the BJP's extensive campaign in the local polls in UP paying off, the sweeping win is considered as a boost to the saffron party in the midst of the high-decibel campaign for the Gujarat elections. Results will be declared on December 18.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also expected to be present along with state BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey during Modi's meeting with the Mayors. "The victory of party has sent positive message among the people who are already admirers of Narendra Modiji".

It states that the BJP will lead in central Gujarat with 54 per cent votes while the Congress will take the lead in north Gujarat with 49 per cent votes.

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