Last updated: November 12, 2022, 07:53 AM IST
Former Gujarat Prime Minister Vijay Rupani and former Deputy Prime Minister Nitin Patel, who were not nominated as candidates by the BJP in the election polls, are on the list of the party’s main campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, prime ministers Bhupendra Patel (Gujarat), Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), and the party’s national president, JP Nadda, include the 40-star campaigners for the polls. The lists submitted to the Election Commission also included many other Union ministers and state party leaders.
Meanwhile, Congress has released the third list of seven candidates for the polls. With this, the party has announced the names of 96 candidates in the state so far.
On December 1 (with 89 seats) and December 5 (with 93 constituencies) a vote will be taken to elect a new assembly of 182 members. The counting of votes will take place on December 8.
Here are updates from Gujarat ahead of the 2022 election polls:
- Congress has announced the names of 96 candidates, against 160 nominees named by the BJP and 174 by the AAP.
Congress released a third list of seven candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections Friday night, listing its former MLA Indranil Rajguru who recently returned to the party fold after leaving the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). With this, the party has announced the names of 96 candidates so far in the state, which has an Assembly of 182 members. Congress has allocated three seats to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as part of a pre-election alliance.
- Rajguru vs Rupani for Rajkot East Battle
The main opposition party expelled Rajguru from Rajkot East, where he had won in 2012, before quitting Rajkot West’s fight against then Prime Minister Vijay Rupani of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2017. He joined the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP after leaving Congress in April this year, then returned to the main opposition party and said it was the best option to defeat the BJP in Gujarat.
- BJP’s Star Campaigners for Gujarat Polls
Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, prime ministers Bhupendra Patel (Gujarat), Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), and the party’s national president, JP Nadda, include the 40-star campaigners for the polls. The lists submitted to the Election Commission also include many other Union ministers and leaders of state parties. With the EC restricting candidates’ spending during the campaign, the rules allow the costs incurred by these star campaigners on the stump to be borne by their party and not by the local participants.
- Gujarat AAP Chief Italia to compete from Katargam Assembly Seat; Kejriwal emphasizes youth participation in politics
Gopal Italia, the president of the Gujarat unit of the Aam Aadmi party, will fight against the upcoming elections for the Katargam state assembly in Surat district, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday, highlighting the participation of young people in politics. AAP’s Secretary General of Gujarat, Manoj Sorathiya, will fight from the Karanj assembly seat in Surat, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal said in a tweet. The AAP has so far announced the names of its 158 candidates for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly elections, which will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5.
- 700 Central Forces companies are deployed for polls in Gujarat
In an unprecedented move, nearly 700 companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), comprising 70,000 personnel, will be deployed for the upcoming polls in the Gujarat Assembly, top government sources said. These troops will each include more than 150 companies from Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and other CAPFs.
- With 48 seats, the Saurashtra region holds the key to power in Gujarat; Close match on cards
The Saurashtra region of Gujarat, which represents 48 of the total 182 Assembly seats in the state with a significant population of Patidar and Other Backward Class (OBC), has the potential to tilt the power game in favor of or against the ruling BJP or the opposition congress at next month’s elections. READ MORE
- Record cash, liquor, freebies seized in poll-bound Gujarat: Election Commission
Nearly 11 lakh liters of liquor, freebies worth Rs 65 crore and Rs 17.84 crore in cash intended to lure voters, have been seized from poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the Election Commission (EC) has said, who describes it as a “record”.
The EC said the Revenue Intelligence Directorate has also reported “massive seizures” amounting to Rs 64 crore of toys and accessories that were smuggled through “misdeclaration and resorting to concealment in the import cargo” in the Mundra -port. Gujarat witnessed seizures of Rs 71.88 crore in just a few days after the elections were announced, which was more than the seizures made over the entire duration of the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct during the General Assembly polls of 2017, which amounted to Rs 27.21 crore.
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