Elections 2022 News Updates: Withdrew Nomination Without Any Pressure, Says Surat Candidate Who AAP Said Was 'Abducted'

Elections 2022 News Updates: An EC spokesperson said AAP's representation has been sent to the CEO in Gujarat to inquire and take "action as warranted"

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Last Updated: November 16, 2022, 20:27 IST

New Delhi, India

A four-member delegation of AAP led by party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the poll body officials this evening and handed over a representation. (Rep photo: PTI)
A four-member delegation of AAP led by party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the poll body officials this evening and handed over a representation. (Rep photo: PTI)

Elections 2022 News Updates: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday asked the Gujarat chief electoral officer to inquire and take action “as warranted” into the allegations of AAP that its Surat (East) candidate was “coerced into withdrawing” from the poll fray. A four-member delegation of AAP led by party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the poll body officials this evening and handed over a representation. Sisodia alleged that AAP candidate from Surat (East) Kanchan Jariwala was “forced to withdraw” his nomination when he went to the returning Read More

Nov 16, 2022 19:46 IST

Congress Releases Final List of 37 Candidates for Gujarat Assembly Polls

Nov 16, 2022 18:25 IST

Gujarat Polls: BJP Declares Three More Candidates; 181 So Far

The BJP on Wednesday declared candidates for three more seats for the second phase of the two-phase Gujarat assembly polls scheduled next month. With the latest names, the BJP has declared candidates for 181 of the total 182 constituencies that will vote in two phases on December 1 (89 seats) and December 5 (93 seats).

Nov 16, 2022 18:12 IST

Himachal Pradesh Polls: Tough Competition Between BJP, Cong, Says CM Jairam Thakur

Speaking to news agency ANI, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said, “There is tough competition between BJP and Congress in the Himachal polls. Neither I can say that we are winning this election one way nor Congress can say that. One thing is sure that big leaders of Congress are.”

Nov 16, 2022 17:39 IST

Himachal Pradesh Elections: BJP Coming to Power Again, Says CM Jairam Thakur

Speaking to news agency ANI, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said, “This can be highest voter turnout in the state. Female voters have increased in Himachal Pradesh, which is a good thing. I can say that BJP is coming to power in the state once again. All surveys are indicating BJP’s win. I don’t want to comment on what Congress is saying.”

Nov 16, 2022 17:33 IST

Gujarat Elections 2022: ECI Meets AAP Delegation on 'Abduction' of Party's Surat East Candidate

The Election Commission of India said it has met a four-member AAP delegation led by Manish Sisodia. “Their representation received about alleged coercion of candidate from Surat East for withdrawing his candidature and taken to an undisclosed location. Representation has been sent to CEO Gujarat to enquire and take action as warranted,” the ECI said.

Nov 16, 2022 17:10 IST

BJP's Raghuraj Singh Shakya Files Nomination for Mainpuri Bypoll

BJP candidate Raghuraj Singh Shakya on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the December 5 bypoll to the Mainpuri parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Tuesday named Shakya, a former member of parliament (MP), as its candidate to take on Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Dimple Yadav on the seat considered as the stronghold of the SP. The by-election has been necessitated due to the death of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Nov 16, 2022 15:48 IST

Cong Fields Deceased MLA Manoj Mandavi's Wife in Chhattisgarh Assembly Bypoll

The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh has announced the candidature of Savitri Mandavi for the December 5 Bhanupratappur Assembly bypoll necessitated by the death of her husband and sitting MLA Manoj Mandavi. A day earlier, the opposition BJP had nominated its former MLA Brahmanand Netam from the segment, reserved for Scheduled Tribes candidates, which falls in Kanker district in Maoist-hit Bastar division. Manoj Mandavi was Deputy Speaker of the Chhattisgarh Assembly and a prominent tribal face of Congress in the region. He died of a heart attack on October 16.

Nov 16, 2022 15:18 IST

BJP Releases 5th List Of Candidates For Gujarat Polls

BJP on Wednesday released its 5th list comprising 3 candidates to contest the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Polls 2022.

Nov 16, 2022 14:58 IST

BJP Govt Improves Gujarat's Situation Over The Years, Says Shah


Union Minister Amit Shah said the BJP government has improved the situation of Gujarat over the years, as a result of which no one dares to create disturbance now.

“People of Gujarat had seen the days when communal riots were common, especially between 1985 and 1995 (under non-BJP governments). Curfew remained imposed for 250 days out of 365 days (a year). Women used to pray for their family members whenever they used to visit the walled city areas,” Shah said, while addressing a rally in Ghatlodia.

“All the Latifs and Ijju Shaikhs (two criminals from Gujarat) were already eliminated. Today, 20-year-old youths do not even know what curfew is like. We eliminated the appeasement-based politics and established the rule of law in Gujarat,” the Gandhinagar MP said. The Ghatlodia assembly segment is part of the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

After the rally, Shah and Patel led a roadshow up to the Sola area where Patel submitted his nomination papers for the next month’s elections to authorities. Gujarat is scheduled to vote in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.

The BJP is eyeing a seventh straight term in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, where a triangular contest among BJP, Congress and AAP is shaping up.


Nov 16, 2022 14:54 IST

Gujarat Assembly Polls: BJP Uprooted Appeasement Politics and Established Rule of Law, Says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said the BJP ended “appeasement politics” and established the rule of law in Gujarat during its 27-year rule and slammed Congress on various issues. Shah alleged the Congress used to mock Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its cadres over the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and asked Rahul Gandhi to visit the temple, which he said will be ready for inauguration in January 2024.

Shah was speaking at an election rally in support of Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, the BJP’s candidate from the Ghatlodia seat in Ahmedabad city.

Nov 16, 2022 14:37 IST

AAP Protests Outside EC Office Demanding Action Against Use Of 'Force' To Make Surat (E) Candidate Withdraw Nomination

AAP workers, along with Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia staged a protest outside EC Headquarters demanding action against the use of ‘Force’ to make the Surat (E) Candidate withdraw the nomination.

Nov 16, 2022 13:52 IST

AAP Claims Police Along With 'BJP Goons' Forced Surat (E) Candidate To Withdraw

Nov 16, 2022 13:43 IST

AAP Demands EC to Take Immediate Action After Surat (E) Candidate 'Forced' to Withdraw

The candidate was kidnapped. His nomination was withdrawn at gunpoint. What can be a bigger emergency than this for the Election Commission? That’s why we have come to the door of the Central Election Commission with a request for immediate action.

Nov 16, 2022 13:20 IST

Gujarat Polls: Sisodia Reaches EC Office To Deamnd Action Against Surat (E) Candidate's 'Kidnapping'

AAP workers, led by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia reached Election Commission’s Office to demand action against the ‘kidnapping’ of the party’s Surat (E) candidate. Kanchan Jariwala, who was allegedly kidnapped last evening, took his nomination back on Wednesday. AAP has claimed he was pressurised by BJP.

Nov 16, 2022 13:12 IST

AAP Claims Party's Surat (E) Was 'Manhandled' and 'Forced' to Withdraw Nomination

The Aam Aadmi Party has released another video claiming the party’s Surat (E) candidate was ‘manhandled’ and ‘forced’ to take back his nomination.

Nov 16, 2022 13:03 IST

'Murder Of Democracy': AAP Says 'Sacred' BJP Used Goons and Police To Force Surat (E) Candidate Withdraw Nomination

BJP is so scared of AAP in Gujarat that with the help of goons and police, it is kidnapping AAP candidates and getting their nominations returned. Such hooliganism has never happened in history. This is open murder of democracy. Manish Sisodia is going to ask the EC that then what is the meaning of elections,” AAP tweeted in Hindi.

Nov 16, 2022 12:50 IST

Shah By His Side, CM Patel Files Nomination From Gujarat's Ghatlodiya

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel filed his nomination from the Ghatlodya constituency in Ahmedabad for upcoming Assembly elections in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Shah By His Side, CM Patel Files Nomination From Gujarat's Ghatlodiya

Nov 16, 2022 12:45 IST

'Kidnapped' AAP Candidate Takes back Nomination From Surat (E) Seat

AAP candidate from Surat (East) from Gujarat, Kanchan Jariwala, who was allegedly kidnapped last evening, took his nomination back. AAP has claimed he was being pressured by BJP to withdraw his nomination.

[Candidate Kanchan Jariwala can be spotted in a blue shirt as he walks out of the Returning Officer’s office in Surat (East), Gujarat.]

Nov 16, 2022 12:21 IST

AAP's 'Missing' Surat (East) Candidate Found; Sisodia Says He Was 'Brought' To Returning Officer's Office

“Our candidate from Surat (East) from Gujarat, Kanchan Jariwala has just been brought to Returning Officer’s office. He was circled by over 500 policemen & is now being pressured to take his nomination back,” said AAP leader Manish Sisodia. 

Nov 16, 2022 12:01 IST

AAP Claims Gujarat CM's Close Aide Involved in its Surat (East) Candidate's Kidnapping

AAP has uploaded a video on its official Twitter account claiming that a BJP leader close to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is involved in the kidnapping of its Surat (East) candidate Kanchan Jariwala.

officer’s office.

An EC spokesperson said AAP’s representation has been sent to the CEO in Gujarat to inquire and take “action as warranted”.

Earlier in the day, AAP alleged that Jariwala was abducted at the behest of the BJP, which “feared” a defeat on the seat in the Gujarat assembly election. Jariwala, however, issued a video statement in which he purportedly said he withdrew his nomination without any pressure and by listening to his conscience after the people of his constituency labelled him “anti-national” and “anti-Gujarat” for contesting the election from the AAP.

Sisodia claimed Jariwala had been missing along with his family members since Tuesday, adding that the last time the candidate was seen at the Election Commission’s office in Surat during scrutiny of his nomination papers.

Meanwhile, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and former party chiefs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are among the 40 star campaigners the party announced for the Gujarat assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, has not campaigned so far in the poll-bound states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, the chief ministers of Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, are also among the star campaigners for the December 1 and 5 polls in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Tuesday, the AAP released its 17th list of four candidates for the next month’s assembly polls in Gujarat, covering all but one seat in the 182-member House. After the latest list, just one Assembly seat – Bhavnagar West – is left for which the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has not yet declared its candidate.

The party announced names of candidates for Kheralu, Visnagar, Mansa and Padra Assembly seats. Of these, it changed the name of candidate for Padra in Vadodara district. As per the latest list, the AAP has fielded Dinesh Thakor from Kheralu, Jayanti Patel from Visnagar, Bhaskar Patel from Mansa and Sandeep Singh Raj from Padra.

Kejriwal’s outfit, seeking to emerge as the main political rival of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat, started releasing the names of candidates from August itself. The AAP has fielded four women and three Muslims in its candidates for 181 seats.

(with inputs from PTI)

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