Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly in from Mumbai this morning to vote in Ahmedabad in the second and last phase of the crucial Gujarat assembly elections today. North and central Gujarat are voting in 93 of the state's 182 constituencies in what is seen as a contest between PM Modi and the Congress' Rahul Gandhi, both of who have asked the state to vote in record numbers today. Hours before polling began, a political row erupted over Rahul Gandhi's interview to a local television channel in Gujarat that aired on Wednesday. The BJP alleged that Mr Gandhi violated the model code of conduct and complained to the Election Commission, which has issued a notice to him. The Congress has demanded similar action against PM Modi for a speech at industry body FICCI.
Voting began at 8 am and among early voters was PM Modi's mother Heeraben, 95. BJP chief Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will also vote today.