Gujarat Assembly Election campaign updates: High-pitched campaign draws to end, final phase of polling on 14 Dec

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Gujarat Assembly Election campaign updates: High-pitched campaign draws to end, final phase of polling on 14 Dec
  • 19:54 (IST)

    Lalu Prasad Yadav mocks Modi's seaplane ride

  • 19:53 (IST)

    EC to seek explanation from BJP candidate mocking model code

    The Election Commission on Tuesday said it will seek an explanation from BJP's Jamalpur-Khadia candidate Bhushan Bhatt after a video of him telling party workers to not to care about the model code of conduct or the poll panel went viral.

    A video of Bhatt, the son of late Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ashok Bhatt, showed him telling party BJP workers not to care about the poll code and that he doesn't care about the poll code. Bhatt, who is the sitting legislator, is also telling his workers to take a token for motorbikes for a BJP rally and that they need not take personal vehicles

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Paper trail has bolstered voters' confidence: EC

    Ahead of Gujarat's second phase elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday said that 100 per cent deployment of VVPAT machines in the state has "bolstered the voters confidence" in the electoral process.

    It added that "strict adherence to ECI's stringent security and administrative protocols" leaves no room for any possibility of electoral malpractices.

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Congress picks IIM-educated woman in BJP bastion Maninagar

    Ahmedabads Maninagar seat, a BJP bastion and constituency of Narendra Modi before he became the prime minister, is set for an interesting contest between the ruling party's sitting MLA, Suresh Patel and Congress' suave and foreign-educated young face Shweta Brahmbhatt. 

    Brahmbhatt, 34, is perhaps the only candidate in this Assembly poll who has received training to be a politician, that too from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore.
    However, it will not be easy for the Congress to take on the BJP in Maninagar, which houses the state headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
    Maninagar, the constituency where people have not seen a nail-biting finish in the elections, is considered as an unbreachable bastion of the BJP since 1990.

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Undercurrent against BJP in Gujarat; results will be 'zabardast': Rahul Gandhi

    There is "tremendous undercurrent" against the BJP in Gujarat, Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi claimed today, and predicted a victory for his party in the Assembly elections. 

    "It is for the first time in an election that Modiji has not spoken about corruption...about farmers. There is (zabardast) tremendous undercurrent (against the BJP). Be it Patidars, OBCs, Dalits, farmers....all are angry. Public mood has undergone 'zabardast' change. "The Congress will win the election....the results will be 'zabardast'," a confident-looking Rahul said. 

  • 19:37 (IST)

    As campaigning hits end, PM Narendra Modi covered 28,119 kilometres across state

  • 19:33 (IST)

    On last day of campaign, PM makes a splash with seaplane ride

    A large number of common people and BJP workers gathered on the Sabarmati riverfront to greet the prime minister upon his arrival. A special floating platform was constructed on the river to facilitate the prime minister board the plane. 

    "We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these seaplanes," he said. However, Modi's opponents had a different take on this. 

  • 19:28 (IST)

    After weeks of campaigning, Rahul Gandhi returns Delhi amid rousing welcome

    After weeks and weeks of campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi reached his residence 12 Tughlak Road amid a rousing welcome from party workers. Outgoing president Sonia Gandhi was also present. 

  • 18:28 (IST)

    A 35-year-old journalist has become a thorn in the side of BJP: Jignesh Mewani's barb on BJP

    Jignesh Mewani in a Facebook post said, "Since the Dalit outrage in the country, Jignesh has become a Dalit face across the country... if he wins, he can create a major disaster for BJP."

    Referring to himself in third person, Mewani says, "A 35-year-old journalist has become a thorn in the side of BJP."

  • 18:28 (IST)

    Congress thanks Patidar leader Mafatbhai Patel for support

  • 18:02 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi thanks Gujaratis for support and welcome

    "Dear people of Gujarat, 

    Namaskar. You gave me a lot of support, welcomed me and treated me with respect. You gave me and Congress your blessings, I will always be indebted to you for that. We will always be with you for the bright future of Gujarat.

    Thank you Gujarat"

  • 17:47 (IST)

    After Congress' 'hawa hawai' attack, Narendra Modi defends his seaplane ride

    One of the highlights on the final day of Gujarat election was prime minister Narendra Modi's seaplane ride between Ahmedabad's Sabarmati riverfront and Dharoi Dam, and the controversy it stirred thereafter.

    While the Congress called the prime ministers seaplane ride a diversionary tactic, PAAS leader Hardik Patel questioned whether the aircrafts were made in India. However, Modi later tweeted on the issue highlighting the seaplane's benefits. The prime minister, however, did not name any of his Opponents in his tweets. 

  • 17:31 (IST)

    Moments before Gujarat campaign ends, Narendra Modi addresses Gujarat voters in a flurry of tweets 

    Moments before 5 pm, when the election campaign in Gujarat finally ended, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put out a series of tweets. Here's what Modi said. 

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Gujarat will vote for change, says Rahul Gandhi

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Narendra Modi hits out at Opposition moments before Gujarat campaign formally ends

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Campign for second and last phase of Gujarat formally ends

  • 17:06 (IST)

    Hardik Patel holds roadshow in Vadodara

    Patidar leader Hardik Patel held a rally in Vadodara and attacked PM Modi for linking the elections to Pakistan. He also commented on the prime minister's seaplane ride, asking whether the aircraft was made in India, and if not, how can it show the development in Gujarat. 

    If they want to show development, why do they talk about Pakistan, terrorism and Ram Mandir. What does it have to do with Gujarat elections," Hardik asked. 

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi misleading Patidar's on quota: BJP

    Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked Rahul Gandhi on the issue of Patidar quota. "When asked about the roadmap for granting reservation, why did Rahul Gandhi deflect the question to the state Congress leader. He is the national president of the principle opposition party, why didn't he answer," Prasad asked. 

    The Congress party is misleading people on these issues and no reservation can be granted outside the tenets of constitution. 

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Manmohan Singh defied national line on Pakistan: Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Wherever Rahul Gandhi goes, his party loses: Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • 16:27 (IST)

  • 16:26 (IST)

    'Rahul Gandhi lied about development,' says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    In a last-ditch effort in final hour of Gujarat campaign, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sought to highlight the development in Gujarat. He said that Rahul Gandhi was misleading the people with wrong stats and the real development of Gujarat is in public domain, adding that the figures quoted by Congress were not only wrong but misleading. 

  • 16:19 (IST)

    In last hour of campaigning, BJP tops up campaign with presser, PM's seaplane ride in Ahmedabad

    "Development in Gujarat did not come from temple runs's but from hard work," Ravishankar Prasad told the press. The prime minister, meanwhile was in Ahmedabad as the campaign was drawing towards its end. 

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Narendra Modi reaches Sabarmati riverfront in last hour of campaigning in Gujarat

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Sensing another poll rout, Congress back to appeasement politics, says Amit Shah

    BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday accused the Congress of indulging in "politics of minority appeasement" during the Gujarat polls as the latter was sure of its defeat.

    "The Congress first indulged in caste politics. Now, 2-3 days prior to the first phase of voting, when they could see their defeat, the Congress has gone back to politics of minority appeasement," Shah said.

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Hardik Patel tweets on PM's seaplane's ride, asks if the aircraft was made in India?

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Narendra Modi's comments against Manmohan Singh is unacceptable 

    Rahul Gandhi says what Narendra Modi has said about Manmohan Singh is unacceptable. 

    "What Modiji has said about former PM Manmohan Singh is not acceptable," Gandhi said, the final day of campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections.
    He said the prime minister had refrained from speaking on corruption during the campaign in his home state.

  • 14:52 (IST)

    PM Narendra Modi leaves from Dharoi Dam

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Meanwhile... PM Modi offered prayers at Ambaji temple in Banaskantha

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Are temple visits wrong now, asks Rahul Gandhi

    "Why can't I visit temples?" Rahul asked. He dismissed BJP's narrative on the issue, saying it was the saffron party's story that he "visited temples in Gujarat only. But in fact, I visited Kedarnath temple. Is that in Gujarat? It's in Uttarakhand," Rahul said. 

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Gujarat's development only one-sided

    "We have met people from across the state and they tell us that the state's development is only one-sided. Most of the schools and colleges have been privatised. Their model of development is only for a handful of people. We will do balanced development if we come to power. Irrational economic policies of the BJP government has damaged Gujarat. We will abolish contract labour, fixed pay system in Gujarat. We will never take any decision unilaterally in Gujarat," Rahul Gandhi said. 

  • 14:20 (IST)

    PM's seaplane right a distraction from real issues

    "Elections are in Gujarat and that should remain the main agenda. If Modi Ji wants to fly in a seaplane that is not wrong, there is no problem with that but it is a distraction. The real question is what has been done for the people of Gujarat in the last 22 years. Why don't they talk about development any more," says Rahul Gandhi," Rahul said, 

  • 14:12 (IST)

    MoS Jitendra Singh takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi

  • 13:48 (IST)

    Congress has kept its focus on Gujarat's issues of Small & Medium Enterprises, farmers, unemployment

  • 13:47 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi says every year in November Indian Parliament holds Winter Session, but this year it is not the case

  • 13:46 (IST)

    BJP is running scared

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Whatever decision we will make about Gujarat, it will only be done after talking to the people of Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi addresses the press

    Rahul Gandhi said that Modi and Vijay Rupani have pursued one-sided development in Gujarat and many have missed out. He said that the BJP has not been able to maintain its position during the election campaign. He added that Modi either talks about himself or the Congress. He said that the Congress feels that it is going to win.

  • 13:18 (IST)

    BJP continues to build up Narendra Modi

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Modi offers prayers at Ambaji Mandir in Gujarat

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Congress' confusion becomes apparent as Narendra Modi swings poll debate to emotive issues

    Sanjay Singh breaks down the politics atmosphere in Gujarat for Firstpost: It’s not the case that this time around all Patidars voted against BJP. There has been a clear split in their ranks. In any case, they all did never vote for BJP. A majority of them voted for BJP and according to rough estimates around 20-30 percent voted against BJP. This time that figure against BJP could go up by over 50 percent, in some areas by 60 or even 70 percent.

  • 13:03 (IST)

    John Goulet, the pilot of the seaplane calls Narendra Modi "very good passenger"

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Narendra Modi's reluctance to talk about development as poll issue shows BJP is apprehensive

    Writing for Firstpost, Milind Deora argues that the BJP has moved to the proven trump card — religion. With the help of a few friends in the press, the debate began shifting away from development, putting religion in the spotlight as the foremost electoral issue. This kind of digression and deflection clearly indicates that BJP senses a problem and that they’re apprehensive.

  • 12:42 (IST)

    Narendra Modi is taking the game beyond politics and into social reformation

    Writing for Firstpost, Ajay Singh argues that if Modi's stature has grown phenomenally in spite of the "perceived anger" over demonetisation and GST, the reason is not far to seek. He is seen more as a social reformer than a conventional politician. This broad support base is what will hold him in good stead on 18 December when the election results are announced. Everything else — religion, caste and real politic — will be the bonus.

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Randeep Surjewala attacks Modi's 'excesses'

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Modi on his way to Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha

  • 12:31 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah questions Modi's security arrangements

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Jignesh Mevani takes dig at Narendra Modi

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Special jetty was constructed to facilitate the seaplane

    Modi boarded the single-engine sea-plane from near Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West. A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the prime minister's boarding from the river.

    The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of "Modi-Modi" from BJP workers and other city dwellers, who flocked the Sabarmati Riverfront to witness the event.

    With inputs from PTI

  • 12:09 (IST)

    RECAP: Narendra Modi greets Rahul Gandhi on party elevation: BJP, Congress show some political civility amid heated poll battle

    While Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi have been regularly hitting out at each other in the course of the poll campaign, both the leaders chose political civility over vociferous acrimony on some occasions in the recent past. Modi on Monday congratulated Rahul Gandhi on his election as the Congress president.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel in a seaplane from Sabarmati river in the city to Dharoi dam in Mehsana district.

His return journey would also be by the same sea-plane.

"Tomorrow for the first time in the history of the country a sea-plane will land on the Sabarmati river. I will go to Ambaji in the sea-plane after landing in Dharoi dam and come back," Modi announced at a poll rally here.

"Our party had planned my road show tomorrow. However, the administration has not given permission and I had time so I decided to go to Ambaji in the sea-plane," Modi said. "We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these sea-planes," Modi said.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AP

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AP

The roadshows of both Modi and Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi, the last day of the campaigning for Gujarat polls, stood cancelled after the Ahmedabad Police denied permission for the events. The police cited congested roads and communally sensitive areas that fall enroute as the reason. The move comes in the backdrop of inputs gathered by central intelligence agencies that a "lone wolf" may try to target roadshows of "big political leaders" during the campaigning for the upcoming elections.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said this is for the first time in the history of the country that a sea-plane will land on a water body and that will be the Sabarmati river. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel in the plane from here to Dharoi. He will visit Ambaji temple and come back from Dharoi to Sabarmati in the same plane," Rupani said.

With inputs from PTI

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Published Date: Dec 12, 2017 20:52 PM | Updated Date: Dec 12, 2017 20:53 PM

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