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

Narendra Modi will travel in a sea-plane from Sabarmati river in the city to Dharoi dam in Mehsana district, the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country.

FP Staff December 12, 2017 20:52:08 IST
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Gujarat Assembly Election campaign updates: High-pitched campaign draws to end, final phase of polling on 14 Dec

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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.

13:00 (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.

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Dec 12, 2017 - 19:54 (IST)

Lalu Prasad Yadav mocks Modi's seaplane ride

Dec 12, 2017 - 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

Dec 12, 2017 - 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.

Dec 12, 2017 - 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.

Dec 12, 2017 - 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. 

Dec 12, 2017 - 19:37 (IST)

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

Dec 12, 2017 - 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. 

Dec 12, 2017 - 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. 

Dec 12, 2017 - 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."

Dec 12, 2017 - 18:28 (IST)

Congress thanks Patidar leader Mafatbhai Patel for support

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.

Gujarat Assembly Election campaign updates Highpitched campaign draws to end final phase of polling on 14 Dec

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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