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Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Election 2022 Highlights: In Himachal, women and religion at the core of BJP, Congress manifestos

Gujarat Election, Himachal Pradesh Election 2022 Highlights: "I want Congress to perform well in both states," says Ghulam Nabi Azad; "those spreading hatred, defaming Gujarat will be swept out of state in Assembly polls," says PM Modi.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2022 22:25 IST
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Election 2022 Live: BJP national president JP Nadda during the release of the party's manifesto for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections; (right) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and others release Congress party manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, in Shimla. (PTI photos)

Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: Issues related to women and religion form the core of the poll manifestos of the BJP and the Congress, with both parties vying with each other in announcing sops to woo voters for the crucial November 12 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, according to an analysis by news agency PTI. While the Congress on Saturday unveiled the “Har Ghar Lakshmi, Nari Samman Nidhi” promising Rs 1500 per month to adult women besides 300 units of free power which too would potentially ease the living of women, the BJP on Sunday launched a dedicated manifesto for the female voters calling the document Stree Sankalp Patra.

Another thrust area of the manifestos of both parties is religion with the BJP promising a “Him Teerath” circuit to link major temples and Shakti Peeths by launching 45 special busses from New Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Meerut and Mathura. The Congress has for the first time included a stand-alone segment in its manifesto on “Devsthan and Tirth Yatras” (Temples and Pilgrimages).

Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said although he separated from the party, he wasn’t against their policy of secularism. “It was only due to the party’s system getting weakened. I would still want that Congress performs well in Gujarat & HP Assembly polls. AAP isn’t capable to do so,” he said, reported ANI. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the forces that indulged in spreading hatred and defamed Gujarat will be swept out of the state in the next month’s Assembly elections. Meanwhile, BJP national president J P Nadda Sunday released the party’s manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in Shimla. “The BJP Government will bring the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state. A committee of experts will be formed for the purpose and UCC will be implemented in the state on the basis of their report,” he said.

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18:19 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Rajnath Singh at a public meeting in Himachal's Mandi

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds a sword during a public meeting, ahead of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, in Mandi, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (PTI Photo)

17:55 (IST)07 Nov 2022
AAP and BJP same team: Kanhaiya Kumar

Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar has claimed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the same team with one following the other.

In an interview with PTI, Kumar also said the BJP is an ideological and cadre-based party and the Congress is its only natural opponent which can provide an alternate ideology in the country.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has been trying to project itself as the BJP's main contender in the Gujarat Assembly elections. --PTI

15:51 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Probably forgot to fill fuel: Priyanka takes dig at BJP's 'double engine' pitch, calls for change in HP

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said the BJP's "double engine" government was there in Himachal Pradesh for the last five years but it probably forgot to fill fuel in it, as she sought to corner the ruling party on the issues of unemployment and the old pension scheme.

Addressing a rally here ahead of the assembly polls, she also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks that changing medicines frequently neither helps in curing the ailment nor benefits anyone, saying people are being told that they are sick and must keep having the old medicine. --PTI

14:51 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Cong does not care for country's security, people's sentiments: Adityanath

Congress could not have taken steps such as construction of the Ram temple, the surgical strike or the abrogation of Article 370 because it does not care for the country's security or the sentiments of people, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday.

Campaigning for the BJP in this constituency in Himachal Pradesh's Una district, Adityanath said India is touching new heights under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country's prestige has risen on the global stage. --PTI

14:36 (IST)07 Nov 2022
In pictures | Rajasthan CM, senior Cong leader Ashok Gehlot reaches Gujarat
14:11 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates Himachal BJP for 'Stree Sankalp Patra'

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday congratulated the Himachal Pradesh BJP unit for its 'Stree Sankalp Patra', a dedicated manifesto for female voters.

"Congratulations to @BJP4Himachal for coming out with the ‘Stree Sankalp Patra’ which further strengthens the objectives of women empowerment & women-led development in the state, as envisioned by Hon’ble @PMOIndia Shri @narendramodi," she tweeted.

14:05 (IST)07 Nov 2022
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13:28 (IST)07 Nov 2022
India's first voter Shyam Saran Negi preferred polling station over postal ballot, says grandson

India's first voter Shyam Saran Negi, who died on Saturday at his home in Himachal Pradesh's Kalpa, had insisted he wanted to cast his vote at the polling station rather than exercising franchise through postal ballot. Taking note of his health condition, Negi was however urged to cast vote through postal ballot, his grandson Deepak Kumar told PTI.

"He was insisting that he will go and vote on November 12 at the polling station in primary school Kalpa, where he had first cast his vote but he was facing difficulty in walking and standing and was advised against going there," he said.

Three days after casting his vote for the 34th time, Shyam Saran Negi died at the age of 106. Negi, who was the Election Commission's brand ambassador, had voted for the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls through postal ballot on November 2, the poll panel said earlier. (PTI)

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AAP declares 12 more candidates for Gujarat polls; Alpesh Kathiriya to contest from Surat

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday announced the names of 12 more candidates, including former Patidar quota leader Alpesh Kathiriya, for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, which has been trying to project itself as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) main contender in Gujarat, released its 11th list of candidates on Monday.

With this, it has so far declared 130 candidates for polls to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly which will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.

Kathiriya has been given the ticket from the Patidar-dominated Varachha Road seat in Surat city, currently held by former minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kishor Kanani. Kathiriya was a close aide of quota spearhead Hardik Patel, who joined the BJP earlier this year after quitting the Congress.

Another Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Dharmik Malaviya has been chosen for the Olpad seat in Surat, also held by the BJP. The other AAP candidates are - BT Maheshwari (to contest from Gandhidham seat), MK Bombadiya (Danta), Ramesh Nabhani (Palanpur), Mukesh Thakkar (Kankrej), Lalji Thakor (Radhanpur), Rajendrasinh Parmar (Modasa) and Umesh Makwana (Botad). (PTI)

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BJP will break records winning maximum number of seats in Gujarat polls: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Sunday said that BJP will break all its previous records in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections in terms of winning maximum seats and maximum votes.

Giving reason for this, Shah added that in 2017, voters of Gujarat were in doubt if how the government will work without Modi, but in 2022 they have understood that Modi has created such arrangement that the government will run just like the one under him even if he is not there. Shah said this in an interview to Gujarati news channel Vtv Sunday.

In reply to a question related to estimated number of seats that BJP may be winning in the upcoming assembly elections, Shah said, “BJP is going to break all its records in Gujarat whether it is of winning maximum seats or or getting maximum votes. And a government will be formed under the leadership of Nanredrabhai and Bhupendrabhai.” Read more

12:11 (IST)07 Nov 2022
After Uttarakhand & Gujarat, BJP plays UCC card in Himachal Pradesh

The BJP on Sunday released an 11-point manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, promising to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), look into the alleged illegal use of Waqf properties, and increase employment opportunities if voted back to power. Promises such as 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs and free bicycles and scooters for girl students also feature in a separate manifesto for women.

But the party maintained silence on the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS), which has been a key demand of the significant vote bank of government employees in the state, and said a committee formed to look into the issue would come out with a report on it.

The promise of implementing UCC is a strategy that the BJP followed in the Uttarakhand elections earlier this year and recently in Gujarat, which goes to polls next month. Read more

09:56 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Himachal Pradesh polls – Ground Report: Chamba hospital has names of stalwarts Nehru and Vajpayee, but voters rue it’s only ‘naam ka medical college’

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee – two former prime ministers from rival parties and stalwarts of Indian politics whose names are still echoing in the campaigns for Himachal Pradesh assembly polls – on the same page in a state ruled by alternate Congress and BJP governments.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Chamba, was established in 2016 during the erstwhile Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, and by upgrading existing Regional Civil Hospital, Chamba. The college currently runs from the building from Akhand Chandi Palace, one of the many royal buildings in erstwhile princely state of Chamba. It started with the admission of a hundred students in the first batch.

Initially affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University, it was later transferred to AMRU, a new medical university in the hill state, which too was earlier established as HP University of Health Sciences by an Act in 2017 but then the Act was amended by the Jairam Thakur-led BJP government in 2019 to name it after former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Read more

Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Government Medical College & Hospital that runs from Akhand Chandi Palace, Chamba. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)
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BJP ridicules HPCC for not including Kharge's image in its Twitter cover photo

The BJP Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Congress for not including party national president Mallikarjun Kharge's image in the cover photo of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee's official Twitter handle. Sharing a snap of the cover photo, @BJP4Himachal tweeted, "This is the official Twitter handle of @INCHimachal. Where is Congress President Kharge ji? Was made president under compulsion but unable to accept it!"

09:13 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Watch | Himachal’s ‘Doctor ji’ BJP candidate writes prescriptions on campaign

Clad in a crisp saffron kurta, with a tilak and a Himachali topi, is Dr Janak Raj, 43, a neurosurgeon and former senior medical superintendent at the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital (IGMC) in Shimla. He is now the BJP’s candidate from Bharmour in Himachal’s Chamba district, where at a rally on Saturday, he is welcomed with slogans of “Doctor ji ko Jai Sri Ram, Doctor ji ko Jai Ram (Jai Sri Ram to the doctor)”.

09:10 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Those spreading hatred, defaming Gujarat will be swept out of state in Assembly polls: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the forces that indulged in spreading hatred and defamed Gujarat will be swept out of the state again in the next month's Assembly polls which he said BJP would win with a record margin.

On visit of poll-bound Gujarat, Modi addressed a rally in Valsad district and later attended a mass marriage function held in Bhavnagar city.

Addressing his first election rally in his home state after the announcement of the poll schedule, Modi came up with a new slogan in Gujarati - "Aa Gujarat, mai banavyu chhe" (I have made this Gujarat), and also made people chant it several times during his 25-minute-long speech. "Those divisive forces that have indulged in spreading hatred, those who have tried to defame and insult Gujarat have been swept out of Gujarat. The people of Gujarat never accept those who spread hate. (PTI)

09:09 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Gujarat polls: Bharatiya Tribal Party announces candidates for 12 seats

The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) on Sunday announced its first list of candidates for 12 Assembly constituencies in Gujarat, including nine Scheduled Tribe (ST) reserved seats.

BTP's Gujarat president Ramesh Vasava said the party will field its candidates on all the 27 ST-reserved seats across the state for the next month's elections. The party had won two seats in the 2017 polls in the state.

Apart from nine ST-reserved seats for which it declared the candidates, the BTP also announced its nominees for Karjan, Jambusar and Olpad, the seats for general category candidates. The remaining nine seats are - Bhiloda, Jhalod, Dahod, Sankheda, Nandod, Vyara, Nizar, Dang and Dharampur. (PTI)

09:08 (IST)07 Nov 2022
BJP's HP poll manifesto cut-copy-paste of old promises, borrowed some from us: Congress

The Congress hit out at the ruling BJP on Sunday over its Himachal Pradesh poll manifesto, terming it a "cut-copy-paste" of their five-year-old promises and in parts borrowed from the grand old party's 2022 election document.

The Congress' in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Rajiv Shukla and party leader Alka Lamba termed the BJP's manifesto a "cut-copy-paste" document. "Jairam Thakur has used cut, copied and pasted the BJP's 2017 manifesto and borrowed points from the Congress' 2022 manifesto," Lamba claimed.

At a press conference here along with Lamba, Shukla alleged, "Their manifesto of 2022 is a bundle of lies. When they did not implement the previous one, will they do it now?" Shukla also said the BJP's manifesto has not uttered a word about the old pension scheme, restoring which has been a key demand of government employees. "Implementation of the old pension scheme is a big demand, but they are not doing anything about it. Our governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have implemented it," he said. (PTI)

09:07 (IST)07 Nov 2022
BJP's manifesto a document for taking HP to new heights: Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday termed the BJP's manifesto for the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections a document that will take the state to new heights and asserted that his party will form government again.

Thakur during a 'Jan Sampark Abhiyan' in the state's Sujanpur assembly segment touched upon the salient points of his party's 'sankalp patra' manifesto and said Himachal Pradesh is once again ready to form a double engine government.

This 'sankalp patra' is a blueprint to give new energy to the youth, empower women, increase the happiness of farmers and take forward the interests of all sections, the information and broadcasting minister said. (PTI)

09:06 (IST)07 Nov 2022
Women, religion at the core of BJP, Congress manifestos

Issues related to women and religion form the core of the poll manifestos of the BJP and the Congress, with both parties vying with each other in announcing sops to woo voters for the crucial November 12 assembly elections. Women account for nearly half (49 per cent) of the population of the hill state and the principal rivals have gone out of the way to impress them this time.

While the Congress on Saturday unveiled the "Har Ghar Lakshmi, Nari Samman Nidhi” promising Rs 1500 per month to adult women besides 300 units of free power which too would potentially ease the living of women, the BJP on Sunday launched a dedicated manifesto for the female voters calling the document Stree Sankalp Patra.

The BJP manifesto for women promises bicycles for schoolgoers, scooties for college students and enhanced 'shagun', which includes monetary assistance, for the marriage of girls from BPL families. “Stree Shakti Sankalp” also ambitiously offers 33 percent reservation to women in government jobs and educational institutions. A corpus fund of Rs 500 crores for interest-free loans to women entrepreneurs will be set up for homestays and financial support for the marriage of girls belonging to below-poverty-line families will be raised from Rs 31,000 to Rs 51,000 under the ongoing Mukhmantri Shagun Yojna.

Another thrust area of the manifestos of both parties is religion with the BJP promising a “Him Teerath” circuit to link major temples and Shakti Peeths by launching 45 special busses from New Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Meerut and Mathura. The Congress has for the first time included a stand-alone segment in its manifesto on "Devsthan and Tirth Yatras". (PTI)

Not a hobby, but compulsion: former journalist Isudan Gadhvi is AAP’s CM face in Gujarat

Isudan Gadhvi, former journalist and AAP national joint general secretary, will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the Gujarat Assembly elections next month.

Making this announcement Friday, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “We don’t decide sitting in a room who will be a CM candidate. Bhagwant Mann was chosen as CM not by AAP, but by Punjab’s public. At a time when it seems sure that AAP will form the government, today we are not announcing the name of the CM candidate of AAP but announcing the CM for the next Gujarat government.”

“A week ago, we solicited public opinion and 16,48,500 responses were received, and 73% of them took Isudanbhai Gadhvi’s name,” he said.

Pension scheme, jobs and sops for apple orchards in Congress manifesto ahead of Himachal polls

The old pension scheme, jobs, and reforms in the apple plantations are the key promises in the Congress manifesto for the upcoming polls. The party released the document in Shimla Saturday. Titled ‘Himachal, Himachaliyat aur Hum’, the manifesto highlights several policies that the party plans to implement if they win.

The manifesto is divided into three parts — Himachal, Himachaliyat and Hum. Under ‘Himachal’, the party has promised one lakh jobs in the first cabinet meeting and an overhaul of all political decisions taken by the Jairam Thakur government that have “harmed the employees”.

The Congress also promised to deliver 300 units of free electricity. The BJP currently offers 125 units of free electricity to local consumers.

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First published on: 06-11-2022 at 09:12 IST
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