Gujarat elections LIVE updates: Former PAAS leader Chirag Patel joins BJP

Gujarat elections LIVE updates: BJP's chief opponent, Congress, has also not come out with its list for the state. The Congress also held meetings in New Delhi on Wednesday to decide upon candidates for the upcoming polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 10:16:14 pm
Gujarat elections: BJP brass delays release of list Gujarat elections LIVE updates: PM Narendra Modi (left)and BJP President Amit Shah during the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting for state elections, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

The election committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met on Wednesday in New Delhi to finalise names for Assembly elections in Gujarat but did not release any list. The three-hour-long meeting saw the party’s top brass in attendance, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief whip Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his Deputy Nitin Patel and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani.

BJP’s chief opponent, Congress, has also not come out with its list for the state. The Congress also held meetings in New Delhi on Wednesday to decide upon candidates for the upcoming polls.

Polls in the state will be held in two phases: December 9 and 14.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has directed the BJP not to use the word ‘Pappu’ in campaigns run by the party, as it was being used as a reference to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The BJP, however, tweaked the script of a promotional video by using the word ‘Yuvraj’ (prince) for the Congress scion.

Gujarat elections Live Updates: 

09.30 pm: Congress leader Bharat Singh Solanki appeals to the Election Commission for appointment of special observers on all the border areas of Gujarat so that liquor prohibition policy is not breached ahead of polls in the state, reports ANI.

08.00 pm: Former PAAS leader Chirag Patel joins BJP, reports ANI.

03.55 pm: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) releases its second list of candidates for nine assembly constituencies for the Gujarat polls, nearly a month after announcing its nominees for 11 seats, reports PTI.

02.00 pm: Conspiracy hatched to subject Hardik Patel to a situation alike Narayan Sai, son of self styled godman Asaram, who is in jail under rape charges: Dinesh Bambhaniya.

01.45 pm: We are weighing legal options to initiate in the matter. We have evidence, claims Dinesh Bambhaniya

01.30 pm: There are 52 more ‘sex CDs’ of PAAS leaders prepared by BJP, says PAAS leader Dinesh Bambhaniya during a press conference.

01.00 pm: After Hardik Patel’s alleged sex CDs went viral, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) alleged Gujarat BJP including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani of conspiring to frame Hardik in rape case.

11:00 am: Gujarat polls: Aim at ousting BJP, but will not support any party, says Jignesh Mevani

10:18 am: Gujarat Elections – Congress holds meet to pick candidates

10:00 am: Patidar leader Hardik Patel, on the other hand, who has been caught in the middle of a controversy surrounding a video leaked online which shows a man resembling him in a hotel room with a woman, visited Bharuch’s Sambhan village yesterday. In an interview, he anwered a questioning pertaining to the alleged video saying “can’t a 23-year-old have girlfriends?”

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