Speaking at an election rally in the tribal-dominated city of Dahod in central Gujarat, Modi asked why the Congress did not support Murmu in the presidential election if the opposition party was so concerned about adivasis. He lashed out at the party, stating that the “congress model” meant favoritism, casteism, sectarianism and vote bank politics at a rally in Mehsana. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also in Gujarat, attacked the Congress, saying that Rahul Gandhi’s gesture of taking activist Medha Patkar along during his Bharat Jodo Yatra is the “greatest insult” posed by the opposition party to the people of Gujarat has been distributed.
The prime minister said on Wednesday he hoped Gujarat will witness record turnout in upcoming state polls, particularly among the youth and new voters. Modi’s comments came after Jam Saheb Shatrushalya Singhji, scion of the Jamnagar royal family, cast his vote at his residence on Monday in the presence of the deputy collector and other election officials.
As the election battle in Gujarat intensifies, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also stepped up its campaigns in the state. AAP MP Raghav Chadha on Wednesday used an analogy from the 1975 film to compare Gabbar’s terror to the effect of Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal on corrupt people in Gujarat.
“There is dialogue in the movie Sholay – ‘So ja beta warna Gabbar aa jayega’. These days when a corrupt man cries within miles of Gujarat, his mother tells him, “So yes beta warna Kejriwal aa jayega (You better sleep or Kejriwal will come get you) and put you in jail,” said the AAP- leader during an election. meeting in Kankrej, NDTV reported.
The AAP is contesting all 182 seats in Gujarat for the first time in next month’s elections. In its poll, it pledged to improve the quality of education in government schools, free electricity, access to water and free health care. It also announced to give a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 to all women over the age of 18 if they come to power.
The Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5 and the results will be announced on December 8.
MCD Polls 2022
In an attack on the BJP, Delhi’s deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday that the party had “failed” to carry out its primary responsibility of maintaining cleanliness during its 15-year tenure in the civil body and that the people of Delhi will have an “appropriate response” in the upcoming polls.
The AAP has taken up the issue of waste management in Delhi in an attempt to wrest power from the three-time BJP winner in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.
At public gatherings in neighborhoods in Harkesh Nagar, Pul Prahladpur and Tughlakabad, Sisodia said citizens of the national capital were “fed up” with the civil body and would this time take the side that works for development.
“Cleanliness in Delhi was MCD’s core responsibility, but they failed miserably in managing it. Instead, they gave the capital three mountains of rubbish,” he claimed. Meanwhile, AAP’s top campaigners, including ministers Sisodia and Gopal Rai, held 60 ‘jansamwads’ in the national capital to win over voters.
The AAP kicked off the second phase of its MCD election campaign on Wednesday with music, magic shows and street games. The star campaigners will also hold 1,000 street corner rallies to win over voters.
Meanwhile, the BJP is also stepping up its campaign and will launch a massive voter campaign on Sunday in the 250 municipal wards in the national capital, with a series of Union ministers and prime ministers going door-to-door to rally support for the party candidates.
The drive aims to reach people with the help of more than a lakh party leaders and workers accompanying Union ministers and chief ministers, said Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections will be held on December 4.
Himachal Pradesh Elections 2022
Top congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh are reportedly camped out in the capital in front of the chief ministerial post after internal investigations indicate the party will win a majority in the state assembly elections. The count for the Himachal polls will take place on December 8. A senior leader said they are confident of winning 42 to 46 seats in the state, ANI reported Wednesday. He added that some independent MLAs who are expected to survive the battle are also in touch.
Former state president and campaign committee head Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is visiting senior leaders in Delhi, while Pratibha Singh, the party MP from Mandi and wife of former CM Virbhadra Singh and her son Vikramaditya are also proposing to visit the national capital, according to ANI.
Polls were conducted for the 68-seat assembly in Himachal Pradesh on November 12, and the state recorded a turnout of 75.6 percent, breaking the record set in 2017.
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