Gujarat Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: PM Addresses Rally in Modasa; Former Guj MLA Quits Congress, Rejoins BJP After Being Denied Ticket

Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: The PM on Wednesday addressed rallies in Dahod, Mehsana, Vadodara and Bhavnagar after a day-long break on Tuesday

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Last Updated: November 24, 2022, 23:14 IST

New Delhi, India

Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Modasa, his second of the day. Meanwhile, in yet another major blow to the Congress, former MLA Anil Mala from Banaskantha quit the party and returned to the BJP after being denied a ticket on Thursday.

Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Gujarat’s Palanpur, as part of his mega-campaign trail in the poll-bound state. Senior BJP leader and former Read More

Nov 24, 2022 23:14 IST

Gujarat: Three Held for Flying Camera-drone Near Venue of PM's Rally

Three persons were arrested on Thursday for allegedly flying a camera-mounted drone near a venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Bavla village in Ahmedabad district. Modi addressed a rally at the village as part of the BJP’s campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls. Flying of drones near the venue had been banned by the district collector for security reasons.

Nov 24, 2022 23:10 IST

Gujarat Polls: Maldhari Community Asks Members to Vote Against BJP for 'ignoring' Long-pending Demands

An apex body representing Maldhari, a community involved in cattlerearing in Gujarat, has urged its members to vote against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next month’s state Assembly elections for “failing” to fulfil their longpending demands.

Nov 24, 2022 23:09 IST

Kejriwal Issues Video Appeal Asking Cong Supporters in Gujarat to Vote for AAP

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday issued a video message to Congress supporters in Gujarat, asking them not to vote for the party as it is `not going to win even five seats’ in the next month’s Assembly elections.

Nov 24, 2022 21:45 IST

MCD Polls: Cong Promises RO Water Purifiers to Poor

The Congress on Thursday promised to provide RO water purifiers to the poor if voted to power in the municipal elections here as it launched its ‘Saaf Paani Wali Dilli, Sheila Dikshit Wali Dilli’ campaign for the polls.

Nov 24, 2022 21:45 IST

Vote for AAP to End BJP's Failure, Misrule in MCD: Sisodia

People should vote for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to end BJP’s “failure and misrule” in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said here on Thursday. Sisodia, who held ‘Nukkad Sabha’ at nine wards of Aadarsh Nagar, Wazirpur and Model Town on Thursday, said AAP’s vision is to make Delhi the most beautiful capital of the world in the next five years.

Nov 24, 2022 21:11 IST

AAP Tops List of Candidates with Criminal Cases Fighting First Phase of Gujarat Polls: Report

As many as 167 candidates, of the total 788 contesting 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly election, are facing criminal cases, with the Aam Aadmi Party topping the list with 32 such nominees, followed by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Thursday.

Nov 24, 2022 20:57 IST

BJP Has Highest Number 'Crorepati' Candidates in Gujarat Elections: Report

Of the 788 candidates contesting 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, 211 are ‘crorepatis’, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounting for 79 such nominees, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a report on Thursday.

Nov 24, 2022 20:56 IST

Hindutva Matters to Common Gujaratis, it Cannot Be Disassociated from Social Justice: Alpesh Thakor

Common Gujaratis, even backward classes, associate themselves with Hindutva and it cannot be disassociated from social justice, BJP leader Alpesh Thakor said on Thursday.

Nov 24, 2022 18:31 IST

21% Candidates in First Phase of Gujarat Polls Facing Criminal Cases: Report

A total of 167 candidates, out of the 788 contesting the 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly election, have criminal cases against them, with 100 of them facing serious charges like murder and rape, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Thursday.

Nov 24, 2022 18:29 IST

BJP Government Transformed Education Sector in Gujarat, Says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat has transformed the education sector in the state and made it more scientific and modern, touching upon an election issue which is being aggressively pushed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Addressing a rally in Dehgam town of Gandhinagar district, his third of the day, ahead of the next month’s Assembly polls, the PM pointed out that Gujarat’s education budget has now gone up to Rs 33,000 crore, more than the total budget outlay of several states.

Nov 24, 2022 18:27 IST

BJP Leader Anurag Thakur Campaigns in Vasant Kunj Ahead of Delhi MCD Elections

Nov 24, 2022 16:48 IST

MCD Polls: 200 Delhi Restaurants Granted Licenses to Operate Open-air Dining

Nov 24, 2022 16:45 IST

Multi-level Parking, Scrapping of Factory Licenses Among BJP's Promises Ahead of Delhi MCD Elections

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta promised Multi-level parking to be developed in all the major markets to ease the parking-related problems faced by the traders. He also said the party will also deseal the thousands of properties sealed on account of violation of MPD­2021 (Master Plan for Delhi-2021) if it wins Delhi MCD polls. To help traders, factory licenses will be scrapped and steps will be taken to ensure they do not face problems in parking the goods vehicles, he said.

Nov 24, 2022 16:38 IST

MCD Polls: BJP Will Scrap Factory Licences if Voted to Power, Says Delhi Unit Prez

The BJP will scrap factory licences and adopt a simple online process to issue trade and health licenses if voted to power in the civic body elections, Delhi unit president Adesh Gupta said here on Thursday.

Nov 24, 2022 16:37 IST

Time to Generate Income from Electricity Than Getting it for Free: PM Modi in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it was time to generate income from electricity instead of getting it for free, in an apparent move to counter the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress over their promise of free electricity in poll-bound Gujarat. Addressing an election rally in Modasa town of Aravalli district in north Gujarat, Modi said only he knows the art through which people will be able to earn money from electricity.

Nov 24, 2022 15:17 IST

21% Candidates in Phase I of Gujarat Elections Have Criminal Cases; Most of Them from AAP: Report

About 21% candidates in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls, which will start on December 1, are facing criminal charges, and most of them belong to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a new report from the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) shows. READ MORE

Nov 24, 2022 15:02 IST

Instead of Cursing Cong, PM Should Speak About BJP's 'Misrule' in Gujarat: Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his attack on the party during the campaign in Gujarat, saying that instead of cursing the Congress, he should speak about the BJP’s “misrule” in the state.

Hitting back at the PM, Kharge said in a tweet in Hindi, “Narendra Modi ji, instead of cursing the Congress, speak on the misrule of the BJP!” “Why was the future of the children of Gujarat spoiled? Why Gujarat ranks 29th among 30 states in malnourished, underweight children? Why is it at 19th place in infant mortality rate?”

Gujarat demands answers on accountability for the last 27 years, the Congress president said.

Nov 24, 2022 14:37 IST

From Banas to Anand, How Women in Dairy Dens of Gujarat are Taking Charge of Their Money & Politics

Women in Banas and Anand earn up to Rs 30,000 a month thanks to government schemes and loans that encourage their participation in the dairy industry. The availability of tap water in their homes also works to the BJP’s advantage in the upcoming elections. READ MORE

From Banas to Anand, How Women in Dairy Dens of Gujarat are Taking Charge of Their Money & Politics

From Banas to Anand, How Women in Dairy Dens of Gujarat are Taking Charge of Their Money & Politics

Nov 24, 2022 14:22 IST

BJP Committed to Bring UCC Once Democratic Discussions Are Over: Shah

The BJP is committed to bring the Uniform Civil Code after all democratic debates and discussions are concluded, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday.

When asked about the UCC, Shah said it is the BJP’s promise to the people of this country from the Jan Sangh days. READ MORE

Nov 24, 2022 13:58 IST

EC Team Reviews Preparedness for Tripura Assembly Polls

An Election Commission team reviewed Tripura’s preparedness for next year’s assembly polls, a senior official said on Thursday.

The team had visited the poll-bound state on Tuesday and Wednesday and held meetings with all the eight district election officers and DSPs, he said.

“All key issues covering electoral roll, special summary revision, EVM/VVPAT, assured minimum facilities at polling stations, manpower management, transportation and law and order were discussed in detail, and feedback was taken from the districts,” the official said.

The team also held a separate meeting with various enforcement agencies to ensure strict vigil in the run-up to the elections.

Tripura goes to polls early next year. (PTI)

Union Minister Vijay Goel will perform a street play ‘Hum Anna ke Chelen Hain’ to “expose the AAP, ahead of the MCD polls in Delhi, reported Times of India.

Prime Minister Modi is back on his mega-campaign trail in poll-bound Gujarat and is set to address four rallies in Palanpur, Modasa, Dahegam, and Bavla (Ahmedabad) starting 11:00 am on Thursday. The PM on Wednesday addressed rallies in Dahod, Mehsana, Vadodara and Bhavnagar after a day-long break on Tuesday.

Speaking at an election rally in the tribal-dominated Dahod town of central Gujarat, Modi asked why the Congress did not support Murmu in the presidential election if the opposition party was so concerned about adivasis. He hit out at the party, stating that the “Congress model” meant nepotism, casteism, sectarianism and vote bank politics at a rally in Mehsana. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also in Gujarat, attacked the Congress, saying Rahul Gandhi’s gesture of taking along activist Medha Patkar during his Bharat Jodo Yatra is the “biggest insult” meted out to Gujarat’s people by the Opposition party.

The PM on Wednesday said he hoped that Gujarat will witness a record voter turnout in the upcoming state polls, particularly among the youth and first-time voters. Modi’s remarks came after Jam Saheb Shatrushalya Singhji, scion of the Jamnagar royal family, cast his vote at his residence in the presence of the deputy collector and other election officials on Monday.

As the battle of the Gujarat elections heats up, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also ramped up campaigning in the state. AAP MP Raghav Chadha on Wednesday used an analogy from the 1975 film to compare Gabbar’s terror with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s effect on corrupt people in poll-bound Gujarat.

“There’s a dialogue in the movie Sholay – ‘So ja beta warna Gabbar aa jayega’. Today, when any corrupt man cries within miles of Gujarat, his mother tells him, ‘So ja beta warna Kejriwal aa jayega (You better sleep else Kejriwal will come for you) and put you in jail,” the AAP leader said at an election rally in Kankrej, NDTV reported.

The AAP is contesting all 182 seats in Gujarat for the first time in the next month’s elections. In its poll manifesto, it promised to improve quality of education at government schools, free electricity, access to water, and free healthcare. It also also announced to give a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to all women above age 18 years if elected to power.

Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5 and the results will be announced on December 8.

MCD Polls 2022

Attacking the BJP, Delhi Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said that the party had “failed” to perform the primary responsibility of maintaining cleanliness during its 15-year tenure in the civic body and that people of Delhi would give a “befitting response” in the upcoming polls.

The AAP has taken up the issue of garbage management in Delhi in a bid to wrest power from the three-term winner BJP in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

Addressing public meetings at wards in Harkesh Nagar, Pul Prahladpur and Tughlakabad, Sisodia said citizens of the national capital were “fed up” with the civic body and would choose the party that worked for development this time.

“Cleanliness in Delhi was the core responsibility of MCD but they failed terribly in managing it. Instead, they gave the capital three mountains of garbage,” he alleged.  Meanwhile, AAP’s star campaigners, including ministers Sisodia and Gopal Rai, held 60 ‘jansamwads’ across the national capital to woo voters.

The AAP on Wednesday kicked off the second phase of its campaigning for the MCD elections with music, magic shows and street plays. Its star campaigners will also hold 1,000 street-corner meetings to woo voters.

Meanwhile, the BJP is also stepping up its campaign and will launch a massive voter outreach drive in the 250 municipal wards across the national capital on Sunday, with a string of Union ministers and chief ministers going door to door seeking support for the party candidates.

The drive is aimed at reaching out to people with the help of more than one lakh party leaders and workers accompanying the Union ministers and chief ministers, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections will take place on December 4.

Himachal Pradesh Elections 2022

Top Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh are reportedly camping in the capital for the chief ministerial post after internal surveys indicated that the party will win a majority in the state assembly elections. The counting for the Himachal polls is set to take place on December 8. A senior leader said that they are confident of winning 42 to 46 seats in the state, ANI reported on Wednesday. He added that some independent MLAs who are expected to go through in the battle are also in touch.

Former state president and head of the campaign committee Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is visiting senior leaders in Delhi, while Pratibha Singh, the party MP from Mandi and wife of former CM Virbhadra Singh and her son Vikramaditya are also proposing to visit the national capital, as per ANI.

Polling for the 68-seat assembly in Himachal Pradesh was held on November 12, and the state recorded a 75.6 per cent voter turnout, breaking the 2017 record.

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