Gujarat assembly elections, 2017

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As the day of the battle for the Gujarat assembly elections, 2017 draws closer, the two leading contesting parties for the poll-bound states have released their star campaigner list, formulated keeping the popularity and seniority of candidates in mind. While BJP’s most prominent candidate is the country’s PM Narendra Modi himself, Congress’ list too boasts of powerful candidates like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who are party’s President and Vice President respectively.

BJP, which is ruling the state for the last 22 years, seems to have fielded the candidates who have a great rapport and goodwill with the public. Notably among them are BJP president Amit Shah, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, former deputy PM L K Advani, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Union home minister Rajnath Singh. The list also includes the names of other prominent leaders, namely, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Uma Bharti, Parshottam Rupala, Smriti Irani, Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, Mansukh Mandaviya, etc. Joining them will be deputy CM Nitin Patel, Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani, deputy CM Nitin Patel, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Aditya Nath in support of the BJP in Gujarat.

Congress, on the other hand, besides the party presidents, has dished out the names of some very prominent leaders, like former PM Manmohan Singh, Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Patel, Gujarat affairs in-charge Ashok Gehlot, Bharatsinh Solanki, Sam Pitroda and Ghulam Nabi Azad. Other star campaigners who would fight for constituencies in the poll-bound state include Deepak Babariya, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sachin Pilot, Siddharth Patel, Tushar Chaudhary, Sam Pitroda, Madhusudan Mistry, Gaurav Pandya, Raj Babbar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kuvarji Bavaliya, Sagar Rayka, Raju Parmar, Arjun Modhwadia, Kadir Pirzada, Gaurav Pandya, Paresh Dhanani, Ashok Punjabi. The list also includes the name of OBC leader in Gujarat, Alpesh Thakor.

pase 1

Kutch: 6 seats
Surendranagar: 5 seats
Morbi district: 3 seats
Rajkot: 8 seats
Jamnagar: 5 seats
Dwaraka: 2 seats
Porbunder: 2 seats
Junagad: 2 seats
Gir-Somnath: 4 seats
Amreli: 5 seats
Aravalli: 3 seats
Surat: 16 seats
Bhavnagar: 7 seats
Gota: 2 seats
Narmada: 2 seats
Tapi: 2 seats
Dangs: 1 seat
Navsari: 4 seats
Valsad: 5 seats

Phase 2

Ahmedabad: 14 seats
Banaskantha: 9 seats
Patan: 4 seats
Mehsana: 7 seats
Sabarkantha: 4 seats
Paraboli: 3 seats
Gandhinagar: 5 seats
Anand: 7 seats
Kheda: 6 seats
Mahisagar: 3 seats
Panchmahal: 5 seats
Dahod: 6 seats
Vadodara: 10 seats
Chhota Udaipur: 3 seats

Election schedule
Total assembly seats are 182.
Phase 1 schedule:
Phase 1 of the poll would consist of 89 assembly constituencies covering 19 of the 33 districts of the state of Gujarat.
Date of issue of Gazzet notification would be November 14, 2017.
Last date of nominations would be November 21, 2017.
Date of scrutiny of the nominations will be November 22, 2017.
Last date for withdrawal of candidature will be November 24, 2017.
Date of polling: December 9
Number of voters: 2.1 crores

Phase 2 schedule:
Total constituencies in Phase 2 of Gujarat Assembly polls would be 93 constituencies covering 14 districts.
Date of issue of Gazzet notification would be November 20, 2017.
Last date of nominations would be November 27, 2017.
Date of scrutiny of the nominations will be November 28, 2017.
Last date for withdrawal of candidature will be November 30, 2017.
Date of polling: December 14
Number of voters: 2.21 crores

Counting date for both the polling phases will be December 18, 2017.

REF:
Elections.in
hmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com

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