Gujarat elections: Surendranagar district president blames the problems of Saurashtra’s farmers mainly on the poor progress in building the distributaries, minors and sub-minor canals that are supposed to take the Narmada waters to the fields.
Earlier known as Rajkot-II, the seat is among the BJP’s oldest fortresses. Vajubhai Vala, now governor of Karnataka, won from here seven times for the BJP, from 1985 to 2012. He vacated it once — in 2001 — for Narendra Modi.
With the PAAS accepting the Congress’ quota formula and campaigning against the ruling BJP, Modi said: “You (Congress) are trying to fool people by saying that you will give this and you will give that... They want to lure people by making false promises.”
“My problem is, you can oppose the BJP, but why stoop to such a low level that you are opposing development of the country.” PM Modi said if leaders of the Congress have a problem with the bullet train project, they can “roam around on bullock carts”.
In a state where more than half of the voters are youths, this 23-year-old has tilted the scales. Whichever side now emerges heavier, the Patidar leader who has captured a community’s imagination with his speeches, roadside meetings, and direct attacks on BJP, is here to stay. The Indian Express on the trail of Hardik Patel
An MLA for several terms and chairman of Amul Dairy, Parmar has been given a ticket from his home constituency. He has contested from Thasra on a Congress ticket since 1995, and is influential in central Gujarat that has a large population of milk producers associated with Amul.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel and BJP Gujarat unit chief Jitu Vaghani, who recently made peace with Karadia Rajputs, who were protesting against him in his constituency, will contest from the same seats: Rajkot West, Mehsana and Bhavnagar West, respectively.
A section of the BJP observed a bandh in Una town of Gir Somnath Thursday following rumours that a popular leader would be passed over. From the Congress, two state general secretaries have joined the BJP, one of them complaining of “outsiders”.