AHMEDABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart and state Chief Minister Narendra Modi appears set for a ha-trick in the Assembly polls
and may retain power in Gujarat again as he is leading by 70,000 votes in Maninagar constituency against Shweta Bhatt.
So far after 12 rounds of counting, Modi has polled 94,646 votes while Shweta, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, has polled 24,095 votes.
In 2007, Modi had won the elections by more than 87,000 votes.
With Modi's victory, BJP appears all set to come to power in the state for the third consecutive term as it was leading in 114 constituencies out of 181, where the trends were available.
Congress was leading on 62 seats, NCP on one, Gujarat Parivartan Party on three and JD(U) on one, according to state election office figures.