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Gujarat Elections 2022 Highlights: EC data says parties that got less than 1 per cent votes in 2017 have more candidates

Gujarat Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: In other news, three were arrested for flying camera drone near the venue of PM Modi's rally

By: Express Web Desk
Ahmedabad, New Delhi | Updated: November 26, 2022 8:49:34 am
This time, the BJP will contest on all 182 assembly seats (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Gujarat Elections 2022 Highlights, November 25: Parties that clocked less than one per cent of votes in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, such as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) have put up more number of candidates for the 2022 elections. According to the figures sha-red by the Election Commission, the AAP will fight on 181 seats. In 2017, all AAP candidates who fought on 29 seats lost their deposits after the party clocked just 0.1 per cent of the total votes. The Samajwadi Party, which fought on four seats and got just 0.01 per cent of the votes in 2017 elections, will now fight on 17 seats.

Meanwhile, as Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, several of his Cabinet colleagues, chairpersons of various boards and corporations and the ruling party legislators continue to camp in Gujarat, ahead of Assembly elections that state, the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh continues to wear a deserted look. A source close to Mann said the CM had reached Gujarat on Monday and would be camping there till the last date of campaign, on November 29, ahead of first phase of polling on December 1.

In other news, Gandhinagar and Dahegam and Gandhinagar and Kalol will be developed as twin cities in the near future and the trio will propel the economic activities of entire Gujarat, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Dahegam of Gandhinagar Thursday. Highlighting that the Congress neglected villages during its rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Bavla village in poll-bound Gujarat’s Ahmedabad district, Thursday said that Congress forgot Mahatma Gandhi in every way and “crushed his very soul”. At another election rally in the Modasa town of Aravalli district in North Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday cited Rajasthan as an example of Congress’ failures and said the Opposition party believes in ‘dividing on caste and creating dangers’ for the country.

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Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 Live Updates: EC data says parties that got less than 1 per cent votes in 2017 have more candidates; Contest is between BJP and Congress in Gujarat, says Amit Shah; Election is about deciding Gujarat's fate for next 25 years, says PM Modi. Follow latest news and updates below

21:21 (IST)25 Nov 2022
The other Amit Shah: Former mayor, now a candidate, leads BJP charge in Ahmedabad

Most BJP workers accompanying Amit Popatlal Shah, 63, the former mayor of Ahmedabad, struggle to match his energy and fast pace of walking, as the current chief of the Ahmedabad BJP unit hits the campaign trail across the Ellisbridge Assembly constituency. Shah is adamant the AAP won’t make a dent at any of Ahmedabad city’s 16 Assembly seats. He is also confident of personally winning by over 80,000 votes. Once elected, he has vowed to resolve all disputes related to the Disturbed Areas Act in the Paldi area of his constituency.

At a Navrangpura rally on November 23, the second of the day for Shah in which he and his entourage covered nearly four kilometres on foot across residential societies as part of his pre-poll outreach, the public reception was mixed, often lukewarm. At times, Shah could be seen waving at empty balconies, with intrigued shopkeepers and bystanders reluctantly waving back, that too, intermittently.

Sohini Ghosh writes

19:30 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Seizures worth Rs 282 crore made so far in Gujarat, says EC

Seizures worth Rs 282 crore have been made so far in Gujarat since the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct for the upcoming Assembly elections, the Election Commission said Friday.

Of the total seizures made so far, Rs 167 crore are Chinese toys, pan masala and other items seized mostly from the ports in the state.

Cash seizures stand at Rs 26.37 crore and Rs 14.56 crore worth of gold and silver has also been caught. Apart from this, Rs 12.45 crore worth of liquor has been seized.

In the run up to the election, authorities have also seized 938 kilograms of drugs worth Rs 61.63 crore.

The EC has so far received 2423 complaints related to violation of MCC. Of these, 2389 has been disposed off.

15:12 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Rahul Gandhi already knows results of polls, so not coming to Gujarat: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was avoiding Gujarat because he already knew the results of the upcoming Assembly elections.

“He (Rahul Gandhi) is not going to come to Mahudha. He knows the results and so he is not showing his face in Gujarat,” Shah said while addressing an election meeting in Kheda district’s Mahudha constituency, which is held by the Opposition Congress.

Earlier, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Gandhi had attended only three election rallies in Gujarat thus far, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was camping in the state. “Look at Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party. There is no sweat or work or effort. Without these you cannot win elections. Rahul Gandhi came to attend only three sabhas,” he said at a press conference on Thursday.

Avinash Nair reports

14:45 (IST)25 Nov 2022
In Gujarat, 'bhai' seeks to maintain his political dominance

The BJP seeks votes in the name of Narendra Modi but "will you call up the prime minister over issues in your village", asks incumbent MLA Kandhal Jadeja as a small crowd cheers the strongman politician's pitch to re-elect him to get things done locally and not depend on Delhi.

As the highway winds down to India's border on the western coast, the buzz about who will form the next government in Gujarat gives way to whether the political dominance of 'bhai', as Jadeja is often referred to, will continue in this largely rural assembly segment. (PTI)

Read Gopal B Kateshiya's report on Kandhal Jadeja here

13:51 (IST)25 Nov 2022
I Hereby Declare | Harshad Patel’s wealth and assets

Patel is a PhD holder and a retired teacher. He has listed income sources as pension and interest. Know more about his assets

12:50 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Watch | AAP Gujarat co-president Raghav Chadha addresses the press
12:22 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Watch | Amit Shah addresses the people of Mahudha Legislative Assembly
11:55 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Explained | SC questions process of appointments to Election Commission: here’s how the system functions

On a second day of tense arguments, the Supreme Court on Thursday (November 24) questioned the “haste” and “tearing hurry” with which Election Commissioner (EC) Arun Goel was appointed, with the file moving at “lightning speed” in 24 hours.

On Wednesday, the court had asked the Centre about the “mechanism” by which Goel had been appointed, and directed it to present the relevant file. A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice K M Joseph is hearing petitions seeking a Collegium-type body to appoint Election Commissioners (ECs) and the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Click here to know more

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10:38 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Three arrested for flying camera-drone near venue of PM Modi's rally

Three persons have been arrested for allegedly flying a camera-mounted drone near a venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Bavla village in Ahmedabad district, police said.

Modi addressed a rally at the village on Thursday as part of the BJP's campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls. (PTI)

10:06 (IST)25 Nov 2022
Modi counters AAP pitch: ‘We got you schools, clinics and power’

In what appeared to be a veiled counter to the Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign focus on health, education and electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked all three issues at his public addresses throughout the day, even stating at Dahegam that over the past 20-25 years, the BJP in Gujarat has managed to fulfill and accomplish the basic necessities of roads, electricity and water in the state. Read more here

09:12 (IST)25 Nov 2022
In AAP video, Kejriwal reaches out to Cong voters in Gujarati

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) put out a video Thursday that showed Delhi Chief Minister and party supremo Arvind Kejriwal appealing to the Congress voters in Gujarat not to vote for the grand old party as it was, he said, “never going to form the government”. See here

08:49 (IST)25 Nov 2022
With ‘khichdi panchayat’, BJP hopes to bring down Azam’s citadel — Rampur

In an effort to bring electorates from different castes and communities together to dine and discuss politics with an eye on their votes, the BJP is for the first time going to organise nine ‘khichdi panchayat’ across the Rampur Assembly constituency between November 26 and December 2 — ahead of the bypoll.

The polling for the Rampur Assembly constituency by-election is scheduled on December 5 and the canvassing for which ends on December 3. The constituency has 3.8 lakh voters with more than 55 per cent being Muslims. Know more about this

08:33 (IST)25 Nov 2022
As Mann, his ministers camp in Gujarat, secretariat goes silent

As Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, several of his Cabinet colleagues, chairpersons of various boards and corporations and the ruling party legislators continue to camp in Gujarat, ahead of Assembly elections that state, the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh continues to wear a deserted look.

A source close to Mann said the CM had reached Gujarat on Monday and would be camping there till the last date of campaign, on November 29, ahead of first phase of polling on December 1. Know more here

20:58 (IST)24 Nov 2022
Gandhinagar-Dahegam-Kalol will propel Gujarat’s economy: Modi

Gandhinagar and Dahegam and Gandhinagar and Kalol will be developed as twin cities in the near future and the trio will propel the economic activities of entire Gujarat, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Dahegam of Gandhinagar Thursday.

Campaigning for the BJP candidates in the five constituencies of Gandhinagar — Dahegam, Kalol, Mansa, Gandhinagar North and Gandhinagar South — Modi said the region was going to witness huge development in the near future with Gandhinagar and Dahegam, and Gandhinagar and Kalol becoming twin cities.

BJP  Gandhinagar south candidate Alpesh Thakor and other party leaders at Dahegam village welcomed PM Narendra Modi by gifting him a replica of Dwarkadhis Temple. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)
20:49 (IST)24 Nov 2022
Ex-MLAs, Baroda Dairy head among 19 BJP rebels in Gujarat polls fray

The Gujarat BJP has suspended 19 of its rebel leaders so far for filing nominations against the party’s official candidates in the upcoming state Assembly polls.

While most of such BJP rebels took the Independent route, three chose the Congress and one the AAP to contest the polls.

Of the three rebels who bagged the Congress tickets – Khatubhai Pagi (Shehra seat), Chhatrasinh Gunjariya (Dhrangadhra) and Kuldeepsinh Raulji (Savli) – Raulji’s exit from the BJP in October after being “sidelined” by the party may hurt its prospects. Read the Political Pulse

20:18 (IST)24 Nov 2022
Such things shouldn’t be stretched: Amit Shah on Saddam Hussein remark against Rahul Gandhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday sought to downplay the Saddam Hussein remark made against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by a BJP leader, saying such things should not be stretched.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had on Tuesday claimed that Rahul Gandhi was looking like the former Iraqi dictator, drawing a sharp rebuke from the Congress which dubbed the remarks as “obnoxious and totally unacceptable”.

Speaking at the Times Now Summit in New Delhi, Shah said, “Such things should not be stretched. Whenever elections happen, then such things are spoken and people listen to it as well. People enjoy. After believing in this, voting doesn’t change. In elections such types of talks are done.” Read more

19:44 (IST)24 Nov 2022
Congress did not follow Gandhian values, neglected villages: PM Modi

Highlighting that the Congress neglected villages during its rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that Congress forgot Mahatma Gandhi in every way and "crushed his very soul". He was addressing a rally at at Bavla village in poll-bound Gujarat's Ahmedabad district.

18:47 (IST)24 Nov 2022
AAP firebrand Gopal Italia heats up Katargam as he guns for BJP over ‘freebies vs welfare

A firebrand leader known for his oratorical skills, Italia is making his electoral debut in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, with the Katargam seat, dominated by Patidars, all set to witness a fierce three-cornered fight involving him, Moradiya, the outgoing urban development and urban housing minister, and the principal Opposition Congress’s candidate Kalpesh Variya. While Italia and Moradiya are Patidars, Variya belongs to the Prajapati community (OBC).

Katargam has been the ruling BJP’s stronghold from where Moradiya had won by about 80,000 votes in the 2017 polls despite the Patidar quota agitation. Read the Poltical Pulse

17:48 (IST)24 Nov 2022
Our party always with tribals in every situation: Congress

The Congress Thursday said it supports all tribals in the country. It also said if it comes to power in Gujarat, it will implement the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and the Bhuria Committee Report in the state.


Education to inflation, Gujarat youth confident about issues but not parties

Right across the Sheth Damodardas School of Commerce on the Gujarat University campus in Ahmedabad, Chetan CR runs a tea stall that he has named the “Engineer Tea Bar”. A qualified textile engineer, the 25-year-old began selling tea about two months ago. He is from the village of Pratapara in Bhavnagar district, which is about 170-odd km from Ahmedabad, and has been voting since he got his rights.

Students of Anjuman E-Islam primary school created a Rangoli on terrace of school premises with a message for Gujarat to get ready for voting. (Express file photo by Nirmal Harindran)

“Our village comes under the Talaja Assembly constituency and will vote for BJP candidate Gautam Chauhan, who is from our village. Last time too, he was fielded from the seat but lost by a narrow margin,” says Chetan but adds that he is not sure if he will vote for Chauhan or incumbent MLA Kanu Baraiya of the Congress who won by just 1.28 per cent more vote last time.

BJP’s 7-time winner says not elected, ‘but selected by all’

Pabubha Manek, the BJP candidate from Dwarka, has never lost an election from the Assembly seat – winning it consecutively seven times, since 1990. The last time he defeated the Congress’s Mulu Kandoriya by 5,739 votes.

This Assembly election marks the third time in succession that the two leaders will be facing off against each other, with the margin between them in 2012 also almost the same.

Manek’s unshakeable hold on the seat is at least partially attributed to support from all communities, including Muslims. That may now be hit after the Bet Dwarka demolitions, including of minority religious structures, which the BJP is tom-tomming in its campaign.

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First published on: 24-11-2022 at 09:44:09 am
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