इंडियन आवाज़     20 Apr 2018 10:07:54      انڈین آواز

Filing of nominations for 1st phase of Gujarat Polls ends

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In the first phase, 89 seats in 17 districts of Gujarat will go to vote on 9th December.

AMN / AHMEDABAD

Filing of nominations for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections ended today. Voting, in this phase, will be held in 89 constituencies on December 9.

BJP State President Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination papers for Bhavnagar West constituency on the last day.

Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil also filed his nomination for Mandvi constituency. Scrutiny will be held Tuesday.

In the first phase, 89 seats in 17 districts of Gujarat will go to vote on 9th December.

The election fever is rising in the state with candidates indulging in hectic campaigning. Gujarat BJP’s veteran leader Jitu Waghani who is in the fray from Bhavnagar West constituency with party president Amit Shah. Prominent Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil,a well-known name from the royal family in Gujarat is campaigning in Mandi assembly seat.

Similarly, Desha Punjabhai Bhimabhai is contesting on the Congress ticket from Una seat and he also filed his nomination.

Jakhna Ben filed her nomination papers from the Chaurasia seat, on the BJP ticket. Union Minister Jitendra Singh accompanied her as she filed her nomination papers.

The final picture is the political seat of Jamjodhar constituency, which is very important as the present state agriculture minister Chimanbhai Saapraria is in the fray as a BJP candidate.

After the nomination process is over, two weeks of frentic campaigning will follow on all 89 seats in fray for the first phase. BJP national president Amit Shah addressed a public meeting in Bhavnagar and thereafter accompanied Gujarat BJP chief Jitubhai Vaghani as he filed his nomination papers. Later he said that the party is robust and expects to win more than 150 seats. He stressed that people will choose politics of development over caste politics.

On the other hand, while responding to the allegations made by BJP for doing politics of caste, Gujarat state Congress president Bharat Singh Solanki said that Congress only believes in politics of development. Dismissing the party’s differences with leaders of the Patidar movement, he said that the matter will be resolved soon through negotiation.

On the other hand, many Patidar leaders are still angry with the Congress ticket distribution and the logjam with the quota warrior Hardik Patel and his team continues.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti and Congress joint rally in Rajkot on Wednesday to cement the pact has been reportedly cancelled after a split in the ranks while the combined Press briefing in Ahmedabad was also rescheduled. The two sides have been unable to come at a decision on the seat sharing formula

The first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections, 89 seats will be held on December 9 and in the second phase, on December 14, 93 seats will go to vote. The election results will be announced on December 18.

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