Gujarat election 2017: Read Top Stories, all Important Developments from Battleground Gujarat as BJP, Congress firm up plans to win in the upcoming polls.
6:40 pm: “In Gujarat we have seen how BJP is trying to use money power to win the assembly election. The BJP stands completely exposed in Gujarat, where its tall claims of fight against corruption has fallen flat. We feel that the Gujarat election will be a close fight and the people of the state want change,” Dev told PTI.
6:10 pm: Congress leader and MP, Sushmita Dev on Friday alleged that BJP is trying to use money power in Gujarat elections as it is afraid that it might lose the December contest in the western state.
4:30 pm: The best performance in Gujarat so far by the BJP was 129 seats won in the 2002 elections. In the last election it had won 116.
4:00 pm: The Gujarat elections would also be a referendum of sorts on key economic reforms initiated by the Modi government including the roll out of Goods and Services tax regime and demonetisation.
3:20 pm: Meanwhile, people will have to wait till the evening of December 14 to know the outcome of the exit polls on Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat assembly elections, a senior Election Commission functionary told PTI.
2:40 pm: The BJP has formed panels of three probable candidates for each of the total 182 constituencies
in poll-bound Gujarat during the state parliamentary board meeting, which was attended by the party president Amit Shah.
2:18 pm: Earlier, a video footage had emerged which purportedly showed Patidar leader Hardik Patel meeting Rahul Gandhi at a five-star hotel. Watch video
1:40 pm: Hardik Patel has said that he is ready to support the Congress. In an interview with Hindustan Times, he said that senior Congress leaders had assured him that they would support his community’s demand for reservations in jobs and education.
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12:40 pm: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani conveys greetings on the auspicious occasion of Jalaram Jayanti.
12:11 pm: “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country. It is wrong to call him ‘Pappu’,” Sanjay Raut said referring to the nickname used to mock the Congress vice-president by a section on social media.
11:47 am Static Surveillance Team has arrested a person carrying Rs 20 lakhs in Indian currency and foreign currency worth Rs 3 lakhs in the Navsari District of Gujarat, reports ANI.
11.16 am: “Three years back Rahul Gandhi was called Pappu but now the situation isn’t same. Congress party has found a leader in him,” Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena tells ANI.
10.30 am: PTI reports BJP has formed panels of three probable candidates for each of the total 182 constituencies in poll-bound Gujarat during the state parliamentary board meeting, which was attended by the party president Amit Shah.
The names of the probable candidates were short-listed during the last six days with Shah attending the proceedings of the meeting every day since October 21, sources said. Shah’s involvement in forming the panel of hopefuls for each seat indicates the significance the saffron party is attaching to the high-stake polls, scheduled to be held in two phases in December.
10.00 am: Rahul Gandhi can lead India, says Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
Raut on Thursday said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country and stressed that the Narendra Modi wave has faded. The anger among people in Gujarat against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indication that the BJP would face a stiff challenge in polls, scheduled to be held in December, he said while addressing on a TV channel.
“Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country. It is wrong to call him ‘Pappu’,” he said referring to the nickname used to mock the Congress vice-president by a section on social media.