The same day, Gujarat Parivartan Party president Patel was issued a notice by election authorities for violation of model code of conduct.
As pundits speculated over the likely outcome and the EC watched with a hawk eye, opposition parties continued its onslaught of high-voltage campaign on ruling BJP. On Thursday, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi addressed three political rallies. He will hold a final rally in Kutch on December 15.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who has so far addressed three rallies, will address a rally in Kalol near Gandhinagar on Friday.
The high-profile campaign launched by the party has had its impact on CM Narendra Modi. “For the first time, he has become reactive. Otherwise, he sets an agenda,” a BJP poll manager said.