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Gujarat Assembly Election News Highlights: Words used by Kharge for PM result of Congress’s mentality, says Rajnath Singh

Assembly Election Gujarat 2022: As the state gears up for phase 1 of polling on Thursday, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P Bharathi said all arrangements for the voting have been done.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh during door to door campaigning at a residential society in Naranpura on Wednesday ahead of Gujarat state polls. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 Live Updates:  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the words used by Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge for PM Modi are a result of the entire Congress’s mentality.  Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Singh said, “Congress is using inappropriate words. Using inappropriate words isn’t a sign of healthy politics. Words used by Congress chief Kharge for PM isn’t only his mentality but the result of the entire Congress’s mentality.”

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has downplayed AAP’s challenge in Gujarat polls, claiming Arvind Kejriwal’s party may not even open its account and said the BJP state unit’s announcement of setting up anti-radicalisation cell is a good initiative that can be considered by other states and the Centre. In an interview to PTI, Shah described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, all-round development of Gujarat during his tenure as the state chief minister and the implementation of zero appeasement policy as the main reasons for people repeatedly reposing faith in the BJP over the last 27 years.

As the state gears up for phase 1 of polling on Thursday, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P Bharathi said all arrangements for the voting have been done. “Voting will be held on December 1. All arrangements have been made. Polling will happen in 19 districts. Training has been provided to polling staff. Webcasting will be done at 50 per cent of polling booths.” “Central paramilitary forces have also been deployed. A total of 2,39,76,760 voters will vote in the first phase of the election,” news agency ANI quoted Bharathi as saying.

 

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20:25 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Gujarat elections: Key seats up for grabs this Assembly polls

Gujarat, which goes to the polls in two phases on December 1 and 5, will witness a fierce contest with the ruling BJP looking to come back to power, the Congress planning to capitalise on their gains in the state and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hoping to repeat what it did in Punjab.

AAP may open its account in the Gujarat Assembly but the main contenders still appear to be the BJP and Congress. The failure of the Congress to resolve the CM issues does give the BJP an edge, especially because it has the Modi factor in its favour, but with the Lok Sabha elections about a year and half away, the saffron party does feel the pressure. Read more

19:21 (IST)30 Nov 2022
PM Modi took steps to preserve tribal glory and pride while Cong failed on that front: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the Congress of not doing anything to preserve the glorious history of tribals, and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi took concrete steps in that direction. Shah was addressing a public rally at Kadana village in Mahisagar district in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections. Voting in Mahisagar district will be held in the second phase of the elections on December 5.

"Post-Independence, it was PM Narendra Modi who worked for preserving the pride and legacy of tribals. It was PM Modi who had in 2021 declared that tribal freedom fighter Bhagwan Birsa Muda's anniversary will be celebrated as Adivasi Gaurav Diwas," Shah said.

He said though Munda and many other tribals had played a crucial role in the freedom struggle, they were not given their due credit under the Congress rule. (PTI)

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Home Minister Amit Shah holds roadshow in Gujarat's Aswara

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday held a roadshow in Aswara district in Gujarat, ahead of the state assembly elections. 

17:31 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Above health, housing, education, one concern: ‘Won’t do anything to blemish Modiji’s honour’

There is a reason the BJP would not let go Tuesday of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s off-hand remark talking of Narendra Modi and Ravana in the same breath. Nothing works to rally Gujarat voters behind their former chief minister and current Prime Minister as a personal attack on him. Read more

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All set for 1st phase of Gujarat Assembly polls in 89 seats; 788 candidates in fray

Voting will be held on Thursday for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats spread across 19 districts in Saurashtra-Kutch and southern parts of the state where 788 candidates are in the fray. Campaigning for the first phase of the elections in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state ended at 5 pm on Tuesday.

Voting will be held between 8 am and 5 pm on Thursday across 14,382 polling stations, the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said in a release. Out of the 89 seats going to polls in the first phase, the BJP won 48 in the 2017 election, the Congress had won 40, while one seat was bagged by an independent candidate. (PTI)

15:10 (IST)30 Nov 2022
On social media front, AAP ahead, Congress focus still on Rahul Yatra

From live rallies to poll promises, raps to trolling, social media reflects the high-octane, three-cornered Gujarat poll battle in its spirit and essence, with Twitter and Facebook leading from the front. Now, with only two days remaining for the first day of polling in the elections, political parties have intensified their campaign on these platforms as well.

14:26 (IST)30 Nov 2022
Gujarat Assembly polls: FIR against BJP candidate for 'liquor' remark

In an embarrassment for BJP in Gujarat ahead of the Assembly elections, a candidate allegedly said liquor can be sold openly, leading to the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against him for indulging in "corrupt practices".

Gujarat has a sumptuary law in force that proscribes the manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The FIR was lodged against Latubhai Parghi, the BJP's nominee from the Danta seat in Banaskantha district, by a poll official after a video of a public meeting addressed by him on November 26 went viral, police said on Wednesday.

Parghi purportedly told a group of women they will be allowed to sell liquor openly in a basket and need not hide it. "Liquor will be made available without the need for secrecy," he said, as per the FIR. (PTI)

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Words used by Kharge for PM result of Congress's mentality, says Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the words used by Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge for PM Modi are a result of the entire Congress's mentality. 

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday brought a bunch of 25,000 "zero" electricity bills from his state and added the people of Gujarat will get similar bills if Aam Aadmi Party is voted to power in the Assembly polls.

Providing free electricity up to 300 units per month is one of the main election "guarantees" of AAP in Gujarat.

Voting for 182 Assembly seats will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 8. The campaigning for the first phase ended on Tuesday evening.

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In an interview to PTI, Shah described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity, all-round development of Gujarat during his tenure as the state chief minister and the implementation of zero appeasement policy as the main reasons for people repeatedly reposing faith in the BJP over the last 27 years.

“The BJP will register an unprecedented victory in Gujarat. People have full faith in our party and our leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Shah, who has been crisscrossing the state and addressing five rallies a day in the run-up to the two-phase polls on December 1 and 5. Read More

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Good morning! As Gujarat votes tomorrow, here is a quick summary of Tuesday's events

The campaigning for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, scheduled to be held on December 1, ended at 5 pm on Tuesday. On the last day of public campaigning, Gujarat saw many political heavyweights campaigning for their parties.

* A day after Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, while taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for asking people in all constituencies to vote for the BJP on the basis of his face, asked whether he is hundred-headed Raavan with a head everywhere, the BJP hit back, calling it an insult of Modi and every Gujarati. The ruling party called it a “testimony to their hate for Gujaratis”, and asked the people of the state to teach the party a “lesson” by voting for BJP.

* Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Savant on Tuesday said that the Gujarat elections will mark the beginning of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. “I am completely hopeful that the BJP is going to win these (state assembly) elections by breaking all past records. And this will set an example for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. And the Lok Sabha elections will start from here itself,” said Savant.

*  The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday appointed 62 office-bearers at various levels in Gujarat where Assembly elections are scheduled in two phases on December 1 and 5. The AAP named former Patidar quota leader Reshma Patel, who recently quit NCP, as its Gujarat spokesperson.

* Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi used to warn people against taking the COVID-19 vaccine terming it the 'Modi vaccine', but later got vaccinated himself secretly. Addressing a campaign rally in poll-bound Gujarat, he also said that when he introduced the bill for abrogating Article 370, opposition leaders began to shout like crows in Parliament.

* Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday slammed the BJP for its 27 years of "misrule" in Gujarat and said it is time to rebuild Mahatma Gandhi's land. Calling upon the people to reject the BJP in the upcoming assembly polls, Kharge attacked the ruling party over inflation and unemployment while alleging that it has "betrayed" farmers. Gandhi, on the other hand, hit out at the state government over reported deaths due to spurious liquor in Junagarh.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday appointed 62 office-bearers at various levels in Gujarat where Assembly elections are scheduled in two phases on December 1 and 5. The AAP named former Patidar quota leader Reshma Patel, who recently quit NCP, as its Gujarat spokesperson.

Other office-bearers are Pravin Ram, who will be the vice president of the party in the state, Rajiben, who will be joint secretary, Brij Solanki who has been named as the youth wing president, and Javed Kadari as vice president of the minority wing of AAP, a release said.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party also appointed sangathan (organisation) and sah-sangathan mantris for the Assembly seats of Pardi, Umbergaon, Dangs, Vansda, Dharampur, and Dangs in south Gujarat, vice presidents for the districts of Gir Somnath and Dangs, and joint secretaries for Valsad, Navsari and Jamnagar. (PTI)

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi used to warn people against taking the COVID-19 vaccine terming it `Modi vaccine', but later got vaccinated himself secretly.

Addressing a campaign rally in poll-bound Gujarat, he also said that when he introduced the bill for abrogating Article 370, opposition leaders began to shout like crows in Parliament.

Shah was speaking at Thasra town in Kheda district where voting for the Gujarat Assembly elections will be held on December 5, in the second phase. "At that time (during the coronavirus pandemic), Congress's Rahul Gandhi, through a tweet, used to warn people against vaccine saying do not take it because it is `Modi vaccine' and it could harm you. But thankfully, no one takes him seriously nowadays," the BJP leader claimed. (PTI)

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday slammed the BJP for its 27 years of "misrule" in Gujarat and said it is time to rebuild Mahatma Gandhi's land.

Calling upon the people to reject the BJP in the upcoming assembly polls, Kharge attacked the ruling party over inflation and unemployment while alleging that it has "betrayed" farmers. Gandhi, on the other hand, hit out at the state government over reported deaths due to spurious liquor in Junagarh.

"In 'dry state' Gujarat, people died again yesterday due to spurious liquor! On one hand, there is a show-off liquor ban, on the other people are dying due to poisonous liquor and drugs. Instead of employment, the government is giving poison. This is the BJP's 'Gujarat model'! The land of Gandhi-Sardar has been inebriated," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. (PTI)

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Cong, AAP like quails, will fly away after destroying crops: Nadda

Bharatiya Janata Party president J P Nadda on Tuesday said the opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party were like quails who destroy standing crops and fly away.

The BJP was here to stay, he said at a rally in tribal-dominated Devgadh Baria town of Dahod district where voting will be held on December 5 in the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

"Parties like AAP and Congress emerge during the polls, and then disappear. The people of Gujarat must not give opportunity to those who seek votes by making misleading claims. They are like quails. As soon as the crop gets ready, quails come, and fly away after eating away the entire crop," said Nadda. (PTI)

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Campaigning for first phase of elections ends

Campaigning for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, scheduled to be held on December 1, ended at 5 pm on Tuesday.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P Bharathi said: "Voting will be held on December 1. All arrangements have been made. Polling will happen in 19 districts. Training has been provided to polling staff. Webcasting will be done at 50 per cent of polling booths."

She further said: "Central paramilitary forces have also been deployed. A total of 2,39,76,760 voters will vote in the first phase of the election."

Sitting MLA in the shade; it’s a Yogi Adityanath show, bulldozer in tow, in Godhra

Campaigning in Godhra Tuesday, 3 km from where the fire in a coach of the Sabarmati train in 2002 set off the Gujarat riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the “sacrifice of the Ram bhakts” 20 years ago had ushered in an era of peace and development in the state.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath during a roadshow for Gujarat Assembly election campaign at Godhra on Tuesday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

“20 varsh pehle, jo balidaan Godhra mein hua… Ram bhakton ke uss balidan ne Gujarat ko ek model ke roop mein aage badhaya aur Gujarat ne uss samay curfew par sadev ke liye curfew laga dala. Ab curfew nahin lagta Gujarat mein, dange nahin hote Gujarat mein. Gujarat mein har vyakti surakshit hai, vyapar phal-phool raha hai, beti aur behnen surakshit hain (20 years ago, the sacrifice made by Ram bhakts in Gujarat resulted in a ‘Gujarat model’, and a curfew was put forever on frequent curfews, making the state curfew-free, riot free. Every person in Gujarat is safe, business is flourishing, women are safe),” Adityanath said.

To chants of Jai Shri Ram from the crowd, the BJP leader added that the “balidan” by the Ram bhakts had led to the country getting the “yashaswi netritva (dynamic leadership)” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It’s thanks to it that work began in Ayodhya for the construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Ayodhya mein Bhagwan Ram ka mandir, Bharat ki aastha ka samman bhi hai aur Godhra ke Ram bhakton ke prati samman ka bhaav bhi hai (The Ram temple is a symbol of India’s faith as well as a tribute to the Ram bhakts).”

Above health, housing, education, one concern: ‘Won’t do anything to blemish Modiji’s honour’

There is a reason the BJP would not let go Tuesday of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s off-hand remark talking of Narendra Modi and Ravana in the same breath. Nothing works to rally Gujarat voters behind their former chief minister and current Prime Minister as a personal attack on him.

They may be unhappy about housing, education, health facilities, but across the state, the sentiment is common: “Can’t humiliate Modiji.”

Among those who asserts this is Champaben, of village Kathpur. Tucking in her pallu tightly as she gets down to chores, she says: “We do not have a house. Every time we ask for one under the Awas Yojana, the local sarpanch dismisses our plea and helps his cronies. Our village does not have a health centre nor a school for children after class 5… Pan ame Modi saheb nu maan raakshu (But we will not do anything to blemish Modi saheb’s honour).”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani in Rajkot on Monday. (Express Photo)

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First published on: 28-11-2022 at 09:33 IST
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