The BJP decision was formally announced Friday by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who, along with party leader Saroj Pandey, came to Gandhinagar as observers for the election. This will be the second term for Rupani and Patel.
Gujarat election results 2017: Mevani won from Vadgam, defeating his nearest BJP rival, Vijay Chakravarti, by 19,696 votes. Thakor emerged victorious from Radhanpur, trouncing BJP’s Lavingji Thakor by 14,857 votes
Gujarat Assembly election 2017: The BJP’s entire campaign this election has revolved around Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre’s policies such as demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other BJP leaders content to ride pillion as the PM steered the party’s campaign vehicle.
One of the Patidar youths killed in the police action, Kanu, was from Kamali village in Unjha, which too has a majority Patidar population. Many villagers in Kamali openly talk about defeating the BJP in Unjha.
At the Sabarmati riverfront, BJP workers and a few party candidates from Ahmedabad, including Bhupendra Patel from Ghatlodiya and sitting MLA and state Women and Child Development Minister Nirmala Wadhwani, were seen waiting for the PM.
As per the schedule, Modi will set on board the sea-plane from Sabarmati riverfront near Sardar Bridge at around 9.30 am on Tuesday. From there, he will land in the reservoir of Dharoi dam, and from there will go to Ambaji Temple.
PM Modi alleged that in the past 35-40 years of Congress rule in the state, the Sanand-Viramgam region was utterly neglected and it was only the BJP government that brought national and international companies to the region to set up manufacturing plants in the past 10 years.
“To help people without considering their religion, caste or nationality is the basic essence of our sanskaar... and there cannot be a more worrisome matter than this, that people have objection to it.”
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.
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.
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.
BJP national president Amit Shah, who began his career as a booth in-charge in Naranpura, relived the old days as he launched a door-to-door campaign - Maha Sampark Abhiyaan - in his former constituency
Stating that the “two sons of Gujarat — Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel — showed truth to a superpower like England”, Rahul said, “Similarly, Gujarat will also show the truth to the BJP in this election."
Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: On Sunday evening, Patidar leader Narendra Patel held a press conference in Ahmedabad to announce that he had joined the BJP. Hours later, he accused the BJP of offering him Rs 1 crore as “bribe”.