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Polls close peacefully in Gujarat (photo)
12/13/2002



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[AHMEDABAD, India] The polls have closed for Gujaratís state election. There were no reports of violence, except for small disturbances sparked by people whose names were left off the electoral register.

The election commission estimated that nearly 63% of the 33 million voters took part in what is seen as a crucial test for India's ruling BJP.

Results of whether the new state government will be ruled by the BJP's Party Narendra Modi, seen by many as a national Hindu hero, or by Shankersinh Vaghela of the avowedly secular Congress Party, are expected to come out on Sunday.

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