Polling is currently underway for civic polls in Gujarat to elect representatives to 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats.
Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.
Counting of votes will take place on March 2.
This comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in the local body polls in six districts earlier this week, nearly wiping out the Congress.
While the BJP is riding high after winning all six civic corporation polls held recently, the Congress believes the hike in fuel prices and public disenchantment with the ruling party will turn the tide.
With the polls taking place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the deployed officers will ensure that government-prescribed COVID-19 guidelines are being adhered to. Health kits and gloves will be provided for the staff and voters respectively, the district collector informed.
Aam Aadmi Party head and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal sought votes during a road show in Surat.
For the first time, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad- ul-Muslimeen has fielded candidates in minority-dominated seats in Godhra, Modasa and Bharuch municipalities, with party chief Asaduddin Owaisi holding public gatherings in Modasa and Godhra two days ago.
State Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia said over 44,000 policemen, including State Reserve Police and 12 companies of CAPF, along with 54,000 homeguards will be deployed on February 28 to ensure incident-free voting in 23,000 booths.
(With inputs from agencies)