Elections 2022: Cong Mocked Me for Wearing Tribal Attire, Says PM Modi; Rahul Gandhi Addresses Poll Rally in Guj

Elections for the 182 member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5, and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8

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Last Updated: November 21, 2022, 22:38 IST

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Elections for the 182 member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5, and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.

In his first rally in Gujarat, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said adivasis are the first owners of India but the BJP calls them ‘vanvasis’ whose land can be snatched by BJP and given to 2-3 industrialists. They don’t want Adivasis to live in cities, get access to education, health and employment, he said.

Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar, the PM said, “Gujarat changed tradition (of anti-incumbency)…the people of Gujarat want to give work to the BJP and want BJP to work. Gujarat is pro-incumbency.” Taking a swipe at the Congress, he said, “They talked about showing me my ‘aukat’…called me many names…I have no Read More

Nov 21, 2022 22:33 IST

Cong Alleges PM Modi Used a Child for Gujarat Poll Campaign, Asks EC, NCPCR to Take Note

The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using a child for the poll campaign in Gujarat as it asked the Election Commission and NCPCR to take note.

The charge came after the prime minister shared a video of a girl seated with him who spoke in Gujrati about the BJP’s governance under Modi. The video was shared by many BJP leaders and some union ministers too.

“A small child is being used by the prime minister for election campaign. This is a clear violation of the law. Where is the Election Commission? Where is the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)?” asked AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh on Twitter.

“This is blatant, but EC and NCPCR will do nothing,” Ramesh also said in response to another Congress leader’s charge in a tweet.

Cong Alleges PM Modi Used a Child for Gujarat Poll Campaign, Asks EC, NCPCR to Take Note
Photo:PTI
Nov 21, 2022 22:31 IST

A Third Party Can Win Assembly Polls in Gujarat, Look at Delhi: Kejriwal

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said a third party can win elections in Gujarat, whose politics has been dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress for decades, if the people wanted and cited the example of the National Capital Region (NCR), where his outfit is in power.

The Delhi Chief Minister said the NCR’s politics was also once dominated by the two national parties, but the entry of the 2013-founded AAP in electoral arena changed everything.

Nov 21, 2022 22:29 IST

Kejriwal Rubbishes Sting Video Released by BJP Over Delhi Civic Polls as 'Fictional'

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said a sting video shot purportedly by a former Aam Aadmi Party volunteer alleging AAP sold tickets for Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls was “manohar kahaniyan” (fictional drama) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and asked the saffron outfit not to indulge in politics of squabbling and hooliganism.

Hitting out at the BJP, the AAP convener said people are asking what the saffron outfit has done for them during its long rule in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and also in Gujarat.

Nov 21, 2022 19:55 IST

Rahul Gandhi Asks Why No Action Taken Against Those Responsible for Morbi Tragedy

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi asked why no action was taken against those responsible for the Morbi tragedy. “150 people died in the Morbi accident. This is not a political issue. Question arises that no action was taken against those responsible for this, no FIR was lodged,” he said. “Only because they share a good relationship with BJP, nothing happened to them? They nabbed 2 watchmen and arrested them but did nothing against those actually responsible,” he said.

Nov 21, 2022 19:45 IST

Time to Make Bapu's Dream a Reality: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said that Mahatma Gandhi had called for disbanding of Congress after independence, the time has come to make Bapu’s dream a reality. “Out of 403 Assembly seats in UP, Congress has only 2 seats. BJP is here to provide security and ensure prosperity in the state,” he said.

Nov 21, 2022 17:21 IST

PM Modi Takes Dig at Rahul Gandhi, Says Those Dethroned Taking Out Yatra to Get Back to Power

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, saying those who have been thrown out of power are taking out foot march to get back to power.

Addressing a gathering in Surendranagar town of poll-bound Gujarat, Modi also said instead of talking about development during elections, the opposition Congress is saying it will show him his “aukat” (status).

“Now, the Congress does not talk about development during elections. Instead, Congress leaders are saying they will show Modi his aukat. Just look at their arrogance. They, indeed, belong to a royal family, while I am merely a servant having no aukat,” he said.

“In the past, the Congress had used words like ‘neech aadmi’, ‘maut ka saudagar’ and ‘naali ka keeda’ for me. I urge you to talk about development instead of playing this game of ‘aukat’,” the PM said, adding that he swallows such insults because his focus is to make India a developed nation.

Nov 21, 2022 17:01 IST

Punjab CM & AAP Leader Bhagwant Mann Holds Roadshow in Valsad

Punjab Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann held a roadshow at Kaprada in Gujarat’s Valsad.

Nov 21, 2022 16:54 IST

The Fight for Urban Gujarat & How Triangular Contest May Fare for BJP, AAP & Cong | Explained

As Gujarat polls approach, political watchers are keen on what direction the urban sections of the state will sway in. With AAP in the fray this time, the BJP is looking to bridge the urban-rural divide to its advantage ahead of the assembly elections.

According to figures from the 2011 census, Gujarat is a highly urbanised state with 43% of its residents residing in urban areas. According to Lokniti-CSDS, the 182 assembly seats are divided between 98 rural constituencies and 84 semi-urban or urban constituencies. Rural and urban electoral results in the 2017 assembly elections clearly differed. READ MORE

Nov 21, 2022 16:51 IST

HP Polls: BJP Files Complaint Against Cong Workers Camping Outside EVM Strong Rooms

The BJP’s Himachal Pradesh unit filed a complaint with the state Chief Electoral Officer on Monday, claiming that Congress members were violating election rules by camping outside EVM strong rooms and could tamper with the machines.

Co-convener of the BJP election cell Dinesh Chouhan said his party candidates from various assembly constituencies have informed that Congress workers have pitched tents outside strong rooms, where EVMs are kept, at several places and have been freely moving inside the campus.

They are not maintaining the required distance. This amounts to a violation of the model code of conduct, he alleged in the complaint and specifically cited the case of strong rooms in Nahan, PTI reported.

Nov 21, 2022 16:30 IST

Congress Oblivious to Existence of Tribals in India; Mocked Me for Wearing Tribal Attire: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a swipe at Congress saying its leaders remained oblivious to tribals for a very long time even though tribals have been living in the country since the days of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna. Canvassing for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jambusar town in tribal-dominated Bharuch district in poll-bound Gujarat, the prime minister also said leaders of Congress mocked him for wearing traditional tribal attire at public functions.

“For a very long time, Congress leaders remained unaware of the existence of tribals in India. Weren’t they living here since the days of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna?.. Weren’t they part of the 1857 mutiny? Tribals did so many things for this country. But, Congress leaders never knew that Adivasis exist.” “Otherwise, why was there no separate ministry for tribals until Atal Bihari Vajpayee became prime minister? It was Ataljee’s government at the Centre which carved out a separate ministry and allocated a budget for their welfare. Even today, Congress leaders make fun of me for wearing tribal attire,” Modi said while addressing a poll rally.

Nov 21, 2022 16:18 IST

Adivasis are First Owners of India: Rahul Gandhi in Surat

In his first rally in Gujarat, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said adivasis are the first owners of India but the BJP calls them ‘vanvasis’ whose land can be snatched by BJP and given to 2-3 industrialists. They don’t want Adivasis to live in cities, get access to education, health and employment, he said.

Nov 21, 2022 16:16 IST

Cong Prez Mallikarjun Kharge to Campaign in Gujarat from Nov 26

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will campaign in Gujarat from November 26 to 28, sources close to him said here. Kharge will address a public meeting in Ahmedabad on November 26 and is likely to address a press conference the next day, they said, PTI reported.

Cong Prez Mallikarjun Kharge to Campaign in Gujarat from Nov 26

Nov 21, 2022 16:04 IST

'Felt Pain of Farmers, Youth and Tribals...': Rahul Gandhi in Surat Rally

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that he felt pain of farmers, youth and tribals after meeting them and listening to their problems during Bharat Jodo Yatra.

“We are on Bharat Jodo Yatra… People of every caste and religion join the yatra with enthusiasm. We are all on this journey to eradicate hatred from this country,” he said.

 'Felt Pain of Farmers, Youth and Tribals...': Rahul Gandhi in Surat Rally
Rahul Gandhi address first poll rally in Surat (Photo: YouTube)
Nov 21, 2022 16:03 IST

Gujarat: 'Son' Shine in 20 Seats as BJP & Congress Field Dynast Candidates In Assembly Polls

With the Assembly election in Gujarat around the corner, dynasty politics is thriving in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s native state. Both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress have liberally fielded ‘friends and family’ of sitting legislators

The ruling BJP and opposition Congress have together fielded immediate family members of sitting and former MLAs in at least 20 of the total 182 constituencies. While the opposition Congress has 13 such ‘nepotism’ candidates, the BJP gave tickets to seven. READ MORE

Nov 21, 2022 16:01 IST

MCD Polls: Sisodia Launches AAP's 'Kejriwal Ki Sarkar, Kejriwal Ka Parshad' Campaign

Sharpening its attack on the BJP, senior AAP leader Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said the saffron party has ”no vision” for the civic body as he announced a new campaign for his party to ”alert voters” to choose the Aam Aadmi Party in the MCD polls.

Nov 21, 2022 15:42 IST

Rahul Gandhi Addresses 1st Poll Rally in Gujarat

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday addressed his first poll rally in Gujarat.

Nov 21, 2022 15:03 IST

In Pics | Preparations Underway in Surat for Rahul Gandhi's Public Meeting

In Pics | Preparations Underway in Surat for Rahul Gandhi's Public Meeting
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, AICC Gujarat In-charge Raghu Sharma and AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal at the venue to check preparations for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting on Tuesday, ahead of Gujarat Assembly polls, in Surat, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Nov 21, 2022 14:50 IST

Congress Promises to Control Pollution, Double MCD's Income in Manifesto | Recap

Controlling pollution, doubling the income of municipalities and clearing all three landfill sites in Delhi are among the top priorities of the Congress for the upcoming MCD elections in its manifesto released on Saturday.

Bringing down the level of air and water pollution is the party’s top-most priority, followed by “restoring communal harmony” in the union territory and doubling the income of municipalities to meet their responsibilities. READ MORE

Nov 21, 2022 14:41 IST

Gujarat Assembly polls: BJP Carpet Bombing 2.0 Across 93 Seats Tomorrow

After carpet bombing by the BJP last week across 83 seats in poll-bound Gujarat, the party will hold Sabhas tomorrow across 93 assembly constituencies that go into polls in the second phase of the state elections.

Amongst the leaders who will participate in this programme includes BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Purushottam Rupala, Mansukh Mandaviya amongst others. (ANI)

Nov 21, 2022 14:29 IST

BJP Releases Purported Video to Claim AAP Selling Tickets for MCD Polls, Kejriwal's Party Terms it Fake

The BJP Monday released a sting video shot purportedly by a former Aam Aadmi Party volunteer from north west Delhi’s Rohini to allege the AAP sold tickets for MCD polls.

AAP MLA Dilip Pandey rejected the sting video as “fake”.

 

Responding to charges, Goel said AAP’s tickets for MCD polls were much sought after. “There are many touts who got active. Touts got active but no tickets were given on the basis of money. The BJP did not do anything. The AAP is not BJP or Congress where tickets are distributed to those who pay money,” he said.

AAP MLA Dilip Pandey said, “The fake sting operations that BJP is bringing everyday show that BJP is losing the elections very badly.” (PTI)

‘aukat’, I am not royalty like them, I am a servant of the people, I am one of you. I want to ask them to leave all this and talk about ‘vikas’ (development) issues.”

The BJP on Monday shared a video during a press conference in Delhi which purportedly showed an AAP candidate being asked to pay for a ticket. The party’s spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “The AAP is covered in corruption.” On the purported video, he said, “it is of Ward no. 54, Rohini D. Today we have Bindu ji who was in Congress and then went to AAP as she was promised ticket from this ward.”

The race for the Gujarat Assembly elections is ramping up as the date draws closer with the BJP, AAP and Congress all intensifying their campaigning efforts in the state. Prime Minister Modi, who is on a campaign blitz in the state, will address three rallies on Monday in Surendranagar, Bharuch, and Navsari. Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has taken a detour from his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ to campaign in Gujarat and will be addressing rallies in Mahuva (Surat) and Rajkot on Monday. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will also be in the state and take part in a roadshow in Amreli.

PM Modi addressed three rallies in Gujarat on Sunday as well, and held a meeting with key leaders of the state in Gandhinagar. The meeting was held at the BJP’s state headquarters ‘Shree Kamalam’ in Gandhinagar. Modi reached the party office around 6.30 pm after finishing his day-long campaign in Saurashtra region. “After a long day of campaigning, being among fellow Karyakartas at Kamalam is very energising!” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, a group of people shouted slogans in support of Modi during Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s roadshow on Sunday in Gujarat. The incident took place at Halol in Panchmahals district in the evening, when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener was addressing a gathering during the roadshow.
Responding to it, he said that they may shout slogans in support of whoever they want, but it is he who will build schools for their children and provide free electricity. He also said that the AAP will one day win the hearts of those raising pro-Modi slogans.

The AAP is contesting all 182 seats in Gujarat for the first time in the next month’s elections.

Elections for the 182 member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5, and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.

MCD Polls 2022

The State Election Commission (SEC) has processed nearly 4,500 applications from various political parties seeking permission to conduct events like roadshows and rallies for the December 4 Municipal Commission of Delhi (MCD) polls, an official statement said on Sunday.

As many as 1,349 candidates are in the fray for the polls to 250 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the SEC said.

Political parties have intensified the campaigning and there has also been a spurt in number of complaints being reported to the commission and the concerned district election officers (DEOs)/returning officers (ROs) regarding violation of model code of conduct.

The authorities on Saturday removed 22,656 illegal posters, banners and hoardings across the capital, taking the cumulative figure to 10,04,150.

The BJP held a mega-campaign on Sunday in the capital with top leaders holding 14 mega roadshows. BJP chief JP Nadda, along with other Union ministers and chief ministers of states including Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur, took part in different rallies and road shows in Delhi on Sunday.

Nadda showed faith in his party, saying it would surely win the elections. “Delhiites are ready yet again to bless our party bjp in upcoming MCD elections. The excitement is evident among the voters,” he said on Sunday.

Slamming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Nadda said voters are angry with the corruption done by the party. “As far as AAP is concernedt, voters are angry with the corruption done by them and by their non performance in Delhi,” he said. “AAP always tried to obstruct in the work done by us, which is why Delhi residents are angry with them,” he said.

The voting for the 250 wards of the MCD polls will be held on December 4 and counting will be held on December 7.

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