Gujarat voter turnout explained: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections saw 64.11% polling in Gujarat, surpassing its 2014 and 1967 high. The Indian Express digs into the polling numbers to tell the story of the 26 constituencies.
Not a single voter out of the 3,344 in three polling booths of Bhangor village in Jamnagar Lok Sabha constituency exercised their franchise on Tuesday. They were disappointed by the low payout of crop insurance for their groundnut crop.
“We must do something. See, how prices of groundnut, cotton, and onion we produce have gone down,” a 45-year-old sharecropper says, adding that the market price of onions, “around Rs 250 per quintal may not even cover my transportation expense”.
Hardik, who formally joined Congress last month, however, rarely referred to his quota agitation days, so much so that he even desisted from shouting “Jai Sardar” slogan until a young supporter requested him to do so.
For the first time since 2001, Narendra Modi is not a candidate in an election in his home state. But while caste has returned, farmer anger runs high, and Congress is fighting back, could Gujarat’s own PM still tilt the balance? The Indian Express finds out.
In 2014, Chavda, then a member of Kutch district panchayat, had declared total assets worth Rs 56.18 lakh in the affidavit attached with his nomination papers as a BJP candidate for Kutch Parliamentary seat.
Patidars or Patels form the second largest group of voters in the state and had been committed supporters of the BJP for the last three decades. But after Hardik launched the reservation stir in 2015, the community has been drifting away from the BJP.
The late Pethalji was an educationist and Congress leader. He contested the Lok Sabha election from Porbandar in 1996 and Junagadh in 1999. He lost both times to BJP candidates Gordhan Javiya and Bhavna Chikhaliya. However, Javahar Chavda, now 55, won the Assembly election in 1990, 2007, 2012 and 2017 as a Congress candidate.
The UP Chief Minister was addressing a religious congregation on the subject of social equality organised as part of the ongoing Girnar Shivratri Kumbh Mela in Bhavnath Taleti, the foothill of Mount Girnar in Junagadh district.