Congress has declared its second list of 13 candidates for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections that will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14
Vijay Rupani, accompanied by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, filed his nomination from Rajkot (West) Assembly seat at 12:39 pm, described as "vijay muhurat" (auspicious time) by party leaders.
Gujarat elections: All the names in the third list include the constituencies which are going to vote in the first phase of the elections.
Last night, the Congress, in its first list of 77 candidates, had also named contestants on seats which were demanded by NCP, including Kutiyana constituency in Porbandar district from where Kandhal Jadeja is sitting MLA of Sharad Pawar-led party.
While PAAS supporters are demanding more seats from the Congress, Hardik Patel is expected to announce the seat-sharing deal with Congress in Rajkot today. Stay tuned for all the latest updates.
Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Congress announces 77 candidates ahead of polls on December 9; see full list here
PAAS leader Dinesh Patel said the Patidar outfit would rethink about extending their support to the Congress.
Traditionally, a Congress stronghold, the BJP registered a surprise victory in Khadia-Jamalpur in the 2012 Assembly election.
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Rupani will file his nomination on Monday from Rajkot (West) Assembly seat, from where he had won the 2014 bypoll after being appointed the chief minister
A former BJP member and a Janata Dal (United) office-bearer also got tickets. There are three Muslims and two women on the list.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani started his door-to-door campaign 10 days ago from Khadia-Jamalpur, another Muslim-dominated constituency (over half the voters) in the walled city of Ahmedabad.
To counter the BJP’s campaign of “Hu chhu vikas, hu chhu Gujarat (I am vikas, I am Gujarat)” targeting Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has put out at least two videos saying “Hu chhu pakko Gujarati (I am a true Gujarati)”.
This election, the huge crowds at Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel’s rallies have raised the question whether the BJP could once again lose the Patidar vote, its backbone since 1995 when it won its first election in Gujarat.
Senior leaders of the state Shaktisinh Gohil from Mandvi and Arjun Modhwadia from Porbandar got tickets for the crucial election.
Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Nobody has claimed responsibility for making and circulating the video clip, which has been doing rounds on social media.
"Our first and last concern is reservation. Hardik Patel will make an announcement from Rajkot on Monday," a PAAS leader said after a meeting with Congress
A Congress leader said the negotiations are ongoing and the issue of allocation of seats would be resolved soon.
"Respected Keshubhai is the eldest member of our party so I had come to seek his blessings. He has spent his entire life dedicated to the party," said Vijay Rupani.
Nitin Patel lambasted both PAAS and Congress, accusing the two of using each other for their individual gains.
Sibal, who was in Vadodara to address a gathering of lawyers and intellectuals, as part of the Congress’s election campaign, said: “It has never happened before in the history of this country that a government does not speak about holding the Parliament session.
“We will contest seven of (Gujarat’s) 182 constituencies,” Vasava said on Saturday. “We are keen on fighting one more seat, but let us see if the Congress agrees to part with it.”
Relatives of two MLAs have been given tickets — Gitaba Jadeja, wife of convicted BJP MLA Jairajsinh Jadeja from Gondal seat, and Malti Maheswari, niece of Gandhidham MLA Ramesh Maheshwari
On Friday, PAAS had given the Congress a “24-hour deadline” to clear its stand on the quota issue
Daring the ruling party, Hardik said, “You want to fight us (Patidar movement)? Then there are two ways: fight us legally, or if you want to do goondagardi, we are ready for that, too.”
“He (PM Modi) has not spoken about his vision for India because he doesn’t know what his vision really is. Governance does not mean you reach France and place orders for Rafales across the table,” said Sibal in reference to PM Modi's vision for betterment of the nation.
The Dalit leader also said that he was "unhappy" after being told by the party that he will not get a ticket this time.
"He has not spoken about his vision for India because he doesn't know what his vision really is. Governance does not mean you reach France and place orders for Rafales across the table," said Kapil Sibal in a series of verbal attacks that targeted PM Modi.
Gujarat elections LIVE updates: Out of the 70 names announced Friday, 42 are of seats that are going to polls in the first phase and 28 are for those that go to polls in the second phase.
The 1.15 minute-long clip, which begins in Gujarati, shows a girl hurrying back to home through a deserted locality with azaan (a Muslim call to prayer) playing in the background.
NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar said the result of the Assembly polls will show people's feelings and perception about the central government's performance.
This marks return of Kalsariya to his old backyard of Mahuva after trying to seek support of voters in neighbouring Gariyadhar Assembly constituency in 2012.
Hardik is expected to attend the event which, PAAS said, would make the point that the community is still with them after the alleged video of Hardik with a woman went public.
The division bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice AY Kogje remarked that the petition was filed merely for publicity. The bench told a lawyer representing the Gujarat Congress, “Have you already given a walkover... and instead of raising irrelevant points it should start poll campaigning.”
Gujarat elections: A human rights lawyer, Govind Parmar of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), has written to Election Commission and Gujarat Police to stop circulation of the video clip, saying it can be used to polarise votes in the state and stoke hatred against Muslims.
“The GST Council has held about 90 meetings so far, and all decisions have been taken unanimously,” Rupani said, adding that the Congress is playing politics by using the new tax system.