Gujarat polls: With gas cylinder on bicycle, Congress MLA reaches polling booth
Blaming the BJP for high inflation and unemployment rate, Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani said Gujarat will see a transition of power and return of Congress after almost three decades.
Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani on Thursday left for the polling booth with a cooking gas cylinder on a bicycle to cast his vote in Gujarat assembly elections, underscoring the issue of high fuel prices. Blaming the BJP for high inflation and unemployment rate, Dhanani said that Gujarat will see a transition of power and return of Congress after almost three decades.
“Inflation and joblessness have increased in Gujarat due to the failure of BJP govt. Gas & fuel prices have skyrocketed, privatisation of education has happened. There will be a transition of power and Congres will come,” the Congress MLA from Amreli said after casting his vote.
His party, among other poll promises, has announced subsidised gas cylinders at ₹500 if voted to power.
Meanwhile, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi appealed to the people of Gujarat to vote for employment, cheaper gas cylinders, loan waiver for farmers and progressive future of the state.
“Appeal to all brothers and sisters of Gujarat, vote... for employment, for cheap gas cylinders, for loan waiver of farmers, for the progressive future of Gujarat,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. “Vote in large numbers and make this festival of democracy a success.”
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon people, especially first-time voters to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
"Today is the first phase of the Gujarat elections. I call upon all those voting today, particularly first-time voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers," PM Modi said in a tweet.
The voting for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections began at 8am amid tight security arrangements. The polling is taking place in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat. A total of 2,39,76,670 voters who will cast their votes by 5 pm today will decide the fate of 788 candidates who are in the fray for the first phase.