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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
Gujarat polls: EC downs curtains on poll campaigning
Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times
Ahmedabad, December 15, 2012
First Published: 19:10 IST(15/12/2012)
Last Updated: 00:33 IST(16/12/2012)

Campaigning for the second phase of the Assembly polls has ended in Gujarat where voting on 95 seats spread in central and north Gujarat, Ahmedabad city and Kutch district will be held on December 17th.


“No public rally or meeting can be held now but the candidates and workers of the party can carry out door to door campaign in their respective areas without use of microphone or loudspeakers,” an election commission official said, adding the election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for conducting the polls.
 
Among the top leaders in the contest are chief minister Narendra Modi from Maninagar in Ahmedabad, Shankarsinh Vaghela from Kapadvanj, ministers like Anandiben Patel, Jaynarayan Vyas, Ramanlal Vora, Fakirbhai Vaghela, Praful Patel, Saurabh Patel and Nitin Patel.
 
There are a total 820 candidates in the fray on 95 seats where more than 1.98 crore voters will exercise their franchise.
 
Meanwhile, the last day of campaigning saw Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi holding a rally in Kutch and chief minister Narendra Modi addressing five rallies in north Gujarat.

Without mentioning Modi, Rahul lashed out at his government for not appointing Lokayukta in the state, stifling the Right to Information (RTI) and Chief Minister Modi indulging in “politics of anger.”
 
He also slammed the BJP on the issue of Sir Creek charging the saffron party of raising issue for “political mileage.”
 
Chief minister Modi continued his tirade against the central government in the Sir Creek saying Gujarat would never allow the creek to be handed over to Pakistan.
 
He also seized upon the controversial remarks made by the visiting Pakistan minister Rehman Malik on Ayodhya issue. “I want to ask the PM, whether any Pakistani minister has right to intervene in India’s internal issues? Pakistan is guilty of Mumbai attack, and instead of answering that, this minister justifies Mumbai event by equating it with Ayodhya. Pakistan dares to speak this way, because the government sitting in Delhi is not strong enough,” he said while addressing a rally in Palanpur, north Gujarat.


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