While chief minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP state president Jitu Vaghani have election rallies planned almost every day, Nitin Patel, a veteran in the government and the party, seems to have restricted himself mainly to Mehsana, his home district, despite being listed as a star campaigner of the party.
Videos of the CM’s scheduled rally at Visavadar showed several rows of empty plastic chairs with few people in attendance. A BJP source in Junagadh district unit confirmed that the CM pulled out of the event for the OBC that was scheduled to begin after 10.30 am.
The court also did not allow the request of the Gujarat government to stay the order for further six weeks so as to enable the respondents to approach the higher forum, stating that “staying this order for six weeks would render the petition infructuous”.
Vadnagar falls under the Mehsana Lok Sabha constituency from where the BJP has declared Shardaben Patel as its candidate. She is the wife of late Anilbhai Patel, who was a minister in in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was chief minister.
Addressing an election meeting of the BJP at Bahumali Bhavan Chowk in Rajkot, Vijay Rupani said that it was shameful that senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda was seeking proof of air raids conducted by the Indian Air Force in Balakot of Pakistan in response to the terrorist attack in Pulwama.
In a media interview, Pitroda, who is the chairman of Indian Overseas Congress had said that US media had reported Indian airstrikes in Balakot had missed their targets and that he would like to know more about the IAF operation.