The term of the Gujarat assembly ends on February 18 next year, while that of Himachal Pradesh on January 8, 2023. The Commission had recently visited the two states to take stock of election preparations.
The previous parliamentary elections were held in December 2017. After the elections, the BJP emerged victorious and formed the state government, with Vijay Rupani as prime minister.
Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, parliamentary elections were held in November 2017. After the elections, the BJP had formed the government with Jai Ram Thakur as the prime minister.
While the elections for Gujarat’s 182 seats were held in two phases, Himachal Pradesh had witnessed polls for 68 seats in one phase.
The model code of conduct will come into effect as soon as the schedules of both states are known. This is a set of guidelines issued by the polling station for political parties and candidates to follow during elections, primarily with regard to speeches, voting day, polling booths, wallets, election manifestos, processions and general conduct.
The BJP has ruled Gujarat for 27 years, with the exception of a 17-month period when the splinter party of party rebel Shankersinh Vaghela occupied the fort with support from Congress.
For the BJP, Gujarat must be preserved if the 2024 election war can be freely waged for a third term.
Gujarat is heating up with campaigns ahead of the Assembly election dates, with prominent political leaders such as Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi visiting the state.
Gujarat’s towns and villages are dotted with political party advertising banners.
PM Modi was in Gujarat for two days this week where he inaugurated/layed the foundation stone for projects worth more than 27,000 crore in cities like Surat, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad and Ambaji. He also launched Ahmedabad’s metro train service and India’s third Vande Bharat Express from Gandhinagar to Mumbai.
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