The state went to polls in two phases this month, on December 9 and 14. The tenure of the 182-member House is set to expire in January 2018.
While Rahul Gandhi managed to create some ripples in the political arena of the state, he failed to leave any mark on Facebook as Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was among the favourite of the netizens.
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.
The Congress has fielded senior lawyer Babubhai Mangukia from Thakkarbapanagar who had represented Prabhaben and other Patidars in the High Court in their legal battle for “justice”.
On Thursday, Vadodara Congress vice president Shailesh Amin alleged that the EC had ignored their representation. “The names of the evacuated people appeared in the latest voters’ list of their old areas.”
The machines were re-installed after being cleaned, “but the BJP stopped us and did not allow us to go ahead,” said Sadhu. Returning Officer D K Hadiyol said, “We will get to know about the repoll by tomorrow.”
Landslide win in Himachal, BJP set to begin sith term in Gujarat holding on to current strength, predict exit polls
Gujarat assembly elections: The main opposition alleged CEC AK Joti was behaving like the Principal Secretary of PM Narendra Modi and accused the poll panel of acting like a 'captive puppet' of the BJP.
The road to Nishan Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad, which housed the polling station, was barricaded and people stood on both sides of the street, cheering Prime Minister Modi.
"It is a matter of happiness that he (Rahul Gandhi) has started visiting temples. In the entire Gujarat elections, he did not wear a round (skull) cap during canvassing. It is a matter of happiness for the country".
"Don't trust the exit polls. We have seen exit polls in Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Punjab. All of them proved to be wrong," says Congress
"Today three years after he came to power, PM Modi is facing a crisis of credibility. People listen to his speeches, but no longer believe in what he says. The reason for this is his actions and the performance of his government in the last three years," he said.
"The Gujarat election campaign has witnessed the lowest levels of vituperative communal rhetoric and scare-mongering targeting Muslims. The main culprit for this base campaign is Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself," he wrote.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao took a sharp jibe on the Congress, saying it was its "dynastic arrogance" as it attacked the EC. The party should find better excuses for its "impending defeat", he said and deprecated "verbal abuse" by the Congress.
Gujarat polls: The presiding officer said that there were at least 100 people waiting in queue to vote.
Gujarat Exit Polls 2017: The election in Gujarat can be called a prestige battle for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose party has been ruling the state for last 22 years, and a litmus test for Rahul Gandhi who was recently elevated as the Congress president.
Exit polls 2017: The BJP looks headed for facile victories in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, according to a string of exit polls conducted by various media organisations.
"Never has the Constitution, the law and Code of Conduct been trampled in this fashion by the Prime Minister and the ruling party in complete knowledge and with tactic complicity of the Election Commission."
Gujarat polls: The situation was soon brought to control after Visnagar Taluka police officials rushed to the spot and resorted to lathicharge.
A political storm broke out on Wednesday after some Gujarati news channels aired Gandhi's interviews on the eve of the second phase of the state Assembly elections, being held in Central and Northern Gujarat. The interviews were telecast a day after campaigning came to an end.
P Chidambaram claimed the Prime Minister conducted a "full fledged campaign" on the day of polling, and condemned the Election Commission for "sleeping on the job."
His statement comes in the wake of allegations that EVMs were manipulated using Bluetooth technology during the first phase of polling on December 9.
A total of 851 candidates are in the fray for the second phase.
Chidambaram said, "Yesterday, PM made a speech. BJP's President gave an interview. Railway Minister gave an interview. Why have all these escaped the EC's attention?"
Gujarat Assembly elections LIVE UPDATES: Voting began at 8 am; 93 constituencies across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat are undergoing polls today.
Shankersinh Vaghela, Ahmed Patel and Keshubhai Patel, who have been key players in Gujarat politics in the past, are missing in action this time.
Gujarat Assembly elections: Of 93 seats, the Congress won 39 to the BJP’s 52, winning 3 seats for every 4 lost; of the first 83, the Congress had only 22 to the BJP’s 63, losing thrice as many as it won.
When the caller reverts that the roads are damaged for the last five years and he as MLA never met them, Chauhan passes the buck on the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
Natarajan quit the Congress in 2015 after the BJP swept to power a year ago and had flayed Rahul over a host of issues.
The BJP’s Gujarat unit legal cell wrote to the Election Commission on Wednesday, claiming that Rahul’s interview was in violation of the Model Code.
The decision evoked a strong reaction from the Congress which rushed a delegation of six leaders, including Randeep Surjewala, Anand Sharma and Ahmed Patel, to the Commission on Wednesday night to protest the move and seek withdrawal of the order.
Polling for Gujarat elections concluded on Thursday with 67.75% voter turnout in the two phases. The turnout is about 4% less than the 72% polling clocked in 2012
Declaration of assets of Congress candidate Manisha Vakil in the Gujarat Assembly elections 2017
Gujarat asssembly elections: Asked about heritage not figuring as a campaign issue, BJP MLA Bhushan Bhatt cited work by the government and BJP-ruled councils. “We have done so much, that is why heritage is not on the agenda.”
At Rahul Gandhi’s last election rally in Gandhinagar, various members of the audience expressed disappointment with the BJP government over a number issues, some calling the government one for the rich.
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government on a petition moved by state Congress IT cell chairman Rohan Gupta seeking quashing of an FIR for allegedly conducting exit polls and spreading it on social media.