It is a given that top contenders in the state continue to be Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, however some new faces have emerged in the last two years - Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani.
Gujarat Lok Sabha election 2019 dates, schedule: With the Election Commission of India announcing the poll dates for the 17th Lok Sabha elections 2019, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora made it clear that any malpractices during the elections will not be tolerated with stringent rules to the model code of conduct.
The Election Commision has declared April 11 as the start of the first phase. The second phase will fall on April 18, third phase of the polls will be on April 23 and the fourth phase in the last week of the month which is on April 29.
The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls falls on May 6 with the sixth phase falling on May 12. Finally, the seventh phase will be on May 19 with the counting of votes to be done on May 23.
The people of Gujarat will cast their vote on April 23 during the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
Total number of Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat: 26
The people of Gujarat will vote to elect 26 MPs to the 17th Lok Sabha in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
Gujarat Lok Sabha Election date
Phase III: The election will take place on April 23 for 26 seats.
Gujarat Lok Sabha election date constituency wise
Phase III (Voting on April 23): Banaskantha, Gandhinagar, Kachchh, Patan, Mahesana, Bharuch, Bardoli, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad East, Ahmedabad West, Vadodara, Surendranagar, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Amreli, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Kheda, Panchmahal, Anand, Dahod, Chhota Udaipur, Navsari, Surat, Valsad
Gujarat election issues
The key elections issues in the western state of Gujarat remain agrarian distress and the emerging socio-political issues based on identity politics and reservation.
Key players and trends
In December 2017 during the Gujarat Assembly elections, the BJP won 99 seats, falling short of Amit Shah’s target of seats in three digits. The Congress party managed to 77 seats out of 182 with other parties winning the rest.
Although the BJP won for the sixth time consecutively and formed the government, it is quite a turnaround for the Congress party in the state which had earlier won 61 seats in 2013 Gujarat state elections.
It will be interesting to see if the 2017 state elections will influence the 2019 national elections.
It is a given that top contenders in the state continue to be Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, however some new faces have emerged in the last two years – Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani.
While Hardik Patel who led the led the Patidar reservation agitation in 2015, joined Congress on March 12, Mevani contested and won the election from Vadgam constituency in Gujarat Legislative Assembly election, 2017.
Mevani came into prominence after Dalit men were attacked by alleged cow protection group in the infamous Una incident which led to widespread protests in the state.
It will be interesting to see if how the powerplay between Congress and the BJP will be affected by these new faces.