Election highlights: PM Modi takes potshots at ‘Congress model’ in Gujarat

Updated on Nov 24, 2022 12:04 AM IST

Elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5 and result will be announced on December 8.

Gujarat election highlights: A total of 1,621 candidates will contest Gujarat polls in two phases on December 1 and 5.
Gujarat election highlights: A total of 1,621 candidates will contest Gujarat polls in two phases on December 1 and 5.

Gujarat has been witnessing high voltage campaigning for elections scheduled for next month with all top leaders of the BJP, Congress, and AAP urging voters to choose their parties. A total of 788 candidates, including 70 women, remain in the fray for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls for 89 of the of the Gujarat Assembly's 182 seats on December 1.

The Election Commission has confirmed to news agency PTI that a total of 1,621 candidates will contest Gujarat polls next month as the deadline to withdraw nominations got over Tuesday.

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  • Nov 23, 2022 11:27 PM IST

    Results of Gujarat election may be surprising, says Rajasthan CM

    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Wednesday the results of the Gujarat assembly election may be surprising. Speaking to reporters, Gehlot said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Gujarat for campaigning every week while Union home minister Amit Shah is camping there. 

    "This is their condition in their home state. I believe that the results in Gujarat Assembly election may be surprising," the Rajasthan CM said, news agency PTI reported. 

     

  • Nov 23, 2022 10:51 PM IST

    ‘Cong can’t keep border safe, AAP ruined Delhi’: Yogi in Gujarat

    Joining the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) poll campaign in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday alleged that the Congress was not capable to keep the borders safe and its “carbon copy” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has ruined Delhi.

  • Nov 23, 2022 09:48 PM IST

    PM Modi in Gujarat: Congress protected 'anti-social elements' while it ruled

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, during a rally in Gujarat, said the people of Gujarat used to live with fear under Congress while it ruled because "anti-social elements" were given protection by the party.

  • Nov 23, 2022 08:55 PM IST

    Most Divyang voters chose polling booth over postal ballot in Himachal

    Despite having the option to vote through postal ballot, such was the enthusiasm among Divyang voters in Himachal Pradesh that 89% of them chose to exercise their franchise at polling booths on November 12.

  • Nov 23, 2022 08:15 PM IST

    Congress, BJP spar over EVM security in Himachal Pradesh

    Even as the elections to the state assembly were held over 10 days ago, there is no end to politicking as the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are at daggers drawn over the security of the electronic voting machines (EVMs).

  • Nov 23, 2022 08:03 PM IST

    ‘People excited to vote for BJP’: Union min Dharmendra Pradhan confident of BJP winning Delhi MCD polls

    "People are excited to vote for BJP. The common people are connected with PM Modi. People are angry about the corrupt party currently ruling here. There is no doubt that BJP will win here," says Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Delhi MCD polls.

  • Nov 23, 2022 07:37 PM IST

    ‘No rift’: KPCC chief on reports of distress in party over ticket distribution in Karnataka

    "We don't have any rift. The entire Congress is united. We are one, and we will win the election," said Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President DK Shivakumar while commenting on reports of a rift in the party over ticket distribution. Karnataka is scheduled for legislative assembly election in 2023 first-half.

  • Nov 23, 2022 07:02 PM IST

    Arun Goel's appointment as EC comes under SC scanner

    The appointment of election commissioner Arun Goel has come under scanner as the Supreme Court sought the original records pertaining to his appointment for perusal from the Centre, saying it wanted to know whether there was any "hanky panky".

  • Nov 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST

    Ahead of polls, BJP president JP Nadda meets party workers in Junagarh, Gujarat

    Ahead of polls, BJP national president JP Nadda met with party workers in Junagarh, Gujarat on Wednesday.

  • Nov 23, 2022 05:54 PM IST

    RJD reacts to Supreme Court remark on EC, CEC appointments

    The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Wednesday said the "critical concerns" raised by the Supreme Court over the functioning of the Election Commission prove that the poll panel has not been fair in its conduct.

  • Nov 23, 2022 05:06 PM IST

    Jammu civic body's resolution to make graduation minimum qualification for elected representatives

    Jammu Mayor Rajinder Sharma on Wednesday batted strongly for making graduation mandatory as the minimum qualification for elected representatives to contest elections, reported PTI.

  • Nov 23, 2022 04:30 PM IST

    AAP leader Raghav Chadha participates in roadshow in Gujarat

  • Nov 23, 2022 03:40 PM IST

    AAP’s Raghav Chadha pulls of Sholay film’s Gabbar Singh twist in Gujarat campaign

    Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha, in one of his election rallies was seen making a reference to film ‘Sholay’ to give voters a “glimpse” of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s governance.

  • Nov 23, 2022 02:58 PM IST

    Anurag Thakur on Himachal election: ‘The way BJP won in UP…’

    “The manner in which BJP won in UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa and formed governments once again, it will similarly form governments once again in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat,” says Union Minister Anurag Thakur ahead of election result in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Nov 23, 2022 02:17 PM IST

    PM Modi's attack on Congress in Gujarat: ‘Model of nepotism’

    PM Modi during his political rally in poll-bound Gujarat said Wednesday, “Congress is model of nepotism, casteism, sectarianism and vote bank politics.”

  • Nov 23, 2022 12:52 PM IST

    I am confident of winning, says BJP candidate Dheliben Odedara

    Kandhal Jadeja (SP candidate from Kutiyana) threatens people to vote. I don't threaten anyone. I tell my voters lovingly to vote for me if they like me. They threaten the voters. I am confident (of winning), said Dheliben Odedara, BJP candidate from Kutiyana to ANI.

  • Nov 23, 2022 12:34 PM IST

    BJP candidate from Kutiyana, Dheliben Odedara attacks her opposition candidate 

    I have courage to contest against him (SP's Kandhal Jadeja). I'll win with a big margin...Voters of Kutiyana constituency know and respect me. I look after the poor and everyone else. So, I'm confident they'll vote for me: Dheliben Odedara, BJP candidate from Kutiyana told ANI

  • Nov 23, 2022 11:44 AM IST

    People vote for me due to my work, says SP candidate Kandhal Jadeja

    Had you asked me this in '80s-'90s, I would have said - out of fear. There was ballot paper then. Now there is EVM. People vote for me due to my work: Kandhal Jadeja, SP candidate from Kutiyana to ANI when asked if people vote for him out of fear or love, given his family background

  • Nov 23, 2022 11:41 AM IST

    'NCP is finished in Gujarat. I've now hopped on bicycle'

    When I brought NCP here in 2012, nobody knew about it. I contested and won twice. People voted on my name. I resigned from the party, everybody followed and resigned. NCP is finished in Gujarat. I've now hopped on bicycle: Kandhal Jadeja, SP candidate from Kutiyana to ANI

  • Nov 23, 2022 10:00 AM IST

    BJP suspends 12 more rebels for filing independent nominations

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended twelve rebels in disciplinary action, who had filed their nominations as independent candidates after being denied tickets by the ruling party in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. Read more

  • Nov 23, 2022 08:53 AM IST

    Tribal dilemma in Congress stronghold

    For the 42 years that he has lived, Surendra Gamit has been sustained by the river Tapi. On a recent Saturday afternoon, Gamit sits by the bank, the river stretching out before him like the sea, its water quietly lapping the dense foliage along its banks. 

  • Nov 23, 2022 07:46 AM IST

     BJP looks to make gains in Saurashtra to better its tally in Gujarat polls

    The Bharatiya Janata Party may have won the 2017 assembly elections in Gujarat but the dip in seats, from 115 in 2012 to 99 was largely attributed to its poor showing in Saurashtra, the seat of the Patidar agitation that sought reservation for the politically and numerically strong Patel community in the state. Read more

  • Nov 23, 2022 07:22 AM IST

    Nepal election result: Sher Bahadur Deuba elected for the 7th consecutive time

    Sher Bahadur Deuba, Prime Minister of Caretaker Government and President of ruling Nepali Congress elected for the 7th consecutive time from the home district of Dhankuta with 25,534 votes. His competitor Sagar Dhakal got 13,042 votes, reported ANI.

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Ahead of Gujarat polls phase 2, PM Modi seeks blessings from mother Heeraben

Published on Dec 04, 2022 07:01 PM IST

Glimpses from the prime minister's visit were shared by news agency ANI, where he can be seen having tea sitting next to his mother, in one of the pictures, beneath a photo frame of a past visit in which she was feeding him with her hands.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks blessing from his mother Heeraben Modi, at her residence, in Gandhinagar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks blessing from his mother Heeraben Modi, at her residence, in Gandhinagar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Gujarat assembly polls: Owaisi gets emotional over Bilkis Bano case

Published on Dec 04, 2022 06:34 AM IST

Bilkis Bano recently moved the Supreme Court against premature release of 11 men, sentenced to life in 2008 for her gang-rape and murder of seven family members.

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMM) Asaduddin Owaisi gestures at a rally in Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad, ahead of Gujarat assembly elections.(AFP)
President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMM) Asaduddin Owaisi gestures at a rally in Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad, ahead of Gujarat assembly elections.(AFP)

Gujarat polls: Poll arithmetic in tribal belt changes due to AAP’s entry

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 05:23 AM IST

The Congress has been traditionally winning most of the tribal dominated seats in Gujarat, even though it has been out of power for the past 27 years.

The entry of the Aam Aadmi Party has made the contest triangular in several seats. (ANI)
The entry of the Aam Aadmi Party has made the contest triangular in several seats. (ANI)

CEC disappointed over ‘poor voter turnout’ in first phase of Gujarat polls

Updated on Dec 03, 2022 07:34 PM IST

The ECI mentioned that Surat, Rajkot, and Jamnagar recorded lower than the state average which stood at 63.3% in the first phase

Election Commission of India (Representative Photo)
Election Commission of India (Representative Photo)

‘Urban apathy…’: Poll panel's message for Gujarat voters ahead of phase 2

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 11:53 AM IST

The first phase of voting for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and south Gujarat was held on December 1 with average turnout of 63.31 per cent, lower than the last time.

Voting for phase 1 of Gujarat elections took place on December 1. (AP)
Voting for phase 1 of Gujarat elections took place on December 1. (AP)

Gujarat elections: Mevani goes all out in key Vadgam battle

Updated on Dec 03, 2022 03:37 AM IST

Gujarat elections: As more people join in to listen, Jignesh Mevani attacks the BJP for the release of 11 people convicted in the Bilkis Bano rape case.

Congress leader Jignesh Mevani speaks during a public meeting ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections, in Ahmedabad. (PTI)
Congress leader Jignesh Mevani speaks during a public meeting ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections, in Ahmedabad. (PTI)

Police complaint against Paresh Rawal over ‘cook fish for Bengalis’ remark

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:32 PM IST

CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim said the party lodged a police complaint against Paresh Rawal for allegedly spreading "hate speech" at a Gujarat rally.

Paresh Rawal's mention of Bengalis in his campaign speech triggers social media outrage.
Paresh Rawal's mention of Bengalis in his campaign speech triggers social media outrage.

Gujarat polls: 63.14% voter turnout in first phase, campaign for phase 2 begins

Published on Dec 02, 2022 05:18 PM IST

A total of 39 political parties are contesting in the elections with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and Congress being the top three contenders

In 2017, the voter turnout in the first phase covering the same 89 constituencies stood at 66.75 per cent (Representative Photo)
In 2017, the voter turnout in the first phase covering the same 89 constituencies stood at 66.75 per cent (Representative Photo)

‘BJP’s star campaigner': Cong jabs PM Modi over ‘repeated arrival’ of ambulance

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:36 PM IST

On Thursday, during a roadshow in Ahmedabad, prime minister Narendra Modi's convoy gave way to an ambulance, and hence the jibe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a three-hour mega roadshow in Ahmedabad. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a three-hour mega roadshow in Ahmedabad. (ANI)

Gujarat Assembly election 2022: Full list of constituencies in phase 2

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:39 PM IST

Among constituencies that are expected to face the most fierce fight on December 5 include Prime Minister Narendra Modi's former home seat and BJP bastion Maninagar, Ghatlodia, and the state capital of Gandhinagar.

Gujarat Assembly election 2022: Union Home Minister Amit Shah greets supporters during a public meeting in Ahmedabad. (Twitter/Amit Shah via ANI)
Gujarat Assembly election 2022: Union Home Minister Amit Shah greets supporters during a public meeting in Ahmedabad. (Twitter/Amit Shah via ANI)

Gujarat elections: Dairy cooperatives shape rural contest

Updated on Dec 02, 2022 12:37 PM IST

In Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, Nagana is a sleepy but well-developed village. A vast majority of the homes here are part of the village cooperative that collects milk for Banas Dairy, Gujarat’s biggest district milk union.

As many as 3.6 million families across Gujarat sell milk to cooperatives every day. (HT file)
As many as 3.6 million families across Gujarat sell milk to cooperatives every day. (HT file)

Verdict sealed for 89 seats in Gujarat’s high-stakes Phase-1

Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:47 PM IST

Over 23,976,670 people across 89 constituencies in the battleground regions of Saurashtra and South Gujarat voted on Thursday in the first phase of the assembly elections and recorded a provisional turnout of over 60.47%.

PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (PTI)
PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (PTI)

Harbhajan takes part in AAP roadshow in Gujarat along with Kejriwal, Mann

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 10:12 PM IST

“Kem Chho (How are you)?...The result on December 8 should be such that it fills everyone with joy,” Harbhajan Singh said. “I hope we will be able to serve you and will be of some use to you,” he added.

Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and party leader Harbhajan Singh waves to supporters during a road show for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections, in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and party leader Harbhajan Singh waves to supporters during a road show for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections, in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Gujarat sees over 59% voter turnout till 5pm in first phase polls

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 09:39 PM IST

The voting began at 8 am to decide the fate of 788 candidates in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts. The voter turnout was 48.48 per cent till 3 pm.

The first phase of polls in Gujarat saw a voter turnout of 68%.
The first phase of polls in Gujarat saw a voter turnout of 68%.

Back in Gujarat, PM Modi holds 50-km-long mega roadshow in Ahmedabad

Updated on Dec 01, 2022 06:43 PM IST

The mega show will cover more than 50 km starting from the Naroda Gam and ending at Gandhinagar South constituency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a three-hour mega roadshow in Ahmedabad. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a three-hour mega roadshow in Ahmedabad. (ANI)
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