Ahmedabad, Dec 23 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi retained the Maninagar seat, defeating his nearest Congress rival and Minister of State for Petroleum Dinsha Patel by a margin of 87,161 votes.
Mr Modi bagged 1,39,568 votes out of a total 2,00,725 votes polled while Mr Patel managed only 52,407 votes. Besides the two leaders, eight other candidates were also in the fray.
Maninagar has been a BJP Bastion since 1990 and the party has consolidated its position in the constituency in each election.
During the 2002 elections to the assembly in the aftermath of Godhra riots, the Chief Minister won this seat by a margin of 75,333 votes out of the total 1.54 lakhs votes polled.
Other candidates in the fray were Kavatra Renu Varunkumar (BSP) 3955 votes, Patanvadiya Amitkumar Lakshmanbhai -CPI(ML)(L) 1045 votes, Bhatt Maulik kumar (LKPT) 267 votes, Mishra Pravin Amarnath (NSMP) 258, Meena Anil Jagtap (ABCD) 260 votes, Sarkar Dipak (PRBP) 571 votes, Harishchandra Ramchandra Sharma (ABMSD) 663 votes and Prajapati Bhimjibhai Devabhai (Ind) 1731 votes.
All the above eight candidates forfeited their deposit.