Surat-based Saurashtrians head home

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:00 am

Surat-based Saurashtrians head home

An exercise is underway to transport some 35,000 people who are voters from Saurashtra but living in Surat for business or jobs. According to sources, about 700 luxury buses have been booked to take them to Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad districts where voting will be held for the first phase on Thursday. Buses carrying these potential voters set off for Saurashtra on Wednesday evening.Saurashtra and South Gujarat, which will both have voting in the first phase, have some constituencies where the result is likely to be decided by a margin of very few votes. Therefore, sources said, candidates have been tracing voters from their constituencies and taking them to the polling stations to vote.Margins of victory and defeat are more common in Saurashtra constituencies, said sources. President of Luxury Bus Association, Dinesh Anghan, said “About 500 buses usually carry passengers from Surat to different districts of Saurashtra daily. However, due to voting on Thursday many buses have been booked to take the voters from Surat to Saurashtra.” About 700 buses departed from Surat on Wednesday to take voters to different talukas and villages, mainly in Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad districts.Some well-to-do people will reach in their private cars too,” he said. Many voters belonging to Saurashtra live in Surat, which is why several candidates from these regions have visited Surat and held group meetings with these potential voters. Village leaders asked to assemble voters An office-bearer of the Surat city BJP said, “Votes of people belonging to Saurashtra villages living in Surat are very valuable. These villagers are dependent on Surat for financial support and employment.Therefore, village leaders (sarpanchs) in Saurashtra have been asked to find such voters from Surat and urge them to cast their votes. They also have the responsibility to drop them back to Surat after voting. These voters will be picked up from their societies or a place near to their home in Surat. They will also be provided meals on the way.About 500 buses usually carry passengers fromSurat to different districts of Saurashtra daily. However, due to voting on Thursday many buses havebeen booked to take the voters from Surat to Saurashtra–Dinesh Anghan, Luxury Bus Association

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