Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: BJP, Congress Prepares For Second Phase, PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi to Woo Crowd in Anand, Ahmedabad, Banaskantha Today
Ahmedabad, Dec 10: With the conclusion of the first phase of voting for the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are all geared up to carry out the campaign for the second phase, scheduled for December 14. The first phase of Gujarat Polls recorded 68 per cent voter turnout on Saturday amid claims of malfunctioning EVMs in several areas.
Eighty nine constituencies in Gujarat went to polls in the first phase covering Saurashtra and South Gujarat. A total of 977 candidates were in the fray, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and the Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil.
As the second phase of Gujarat Polls nears, Sunday will see a series of rallies and public meetings organised by the BJP and the Congress to woo the voters. On one hand, the state will witness Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the charge for the BJP and on the other, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will leave no stone unturned to keep the pace.
PM Modi will be addressing rallies in Palanpur’s Rampura Chaukri at 10.30 am and in Sanand’s Gibpura at 12.30 pm. He will also campaign in Kalol and Vadodara around 2.30 pm and 6 pm, respectively. The Prime Minister will be backed by the rallies of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Textile Minister Smriti Irani who will be covering Nikol, Anand, Ahmedabad, Pethapur, Jamalpur, Gandhinagar among other Assembly constituencies.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi will woo the crowds at Kheda, Banaskantha, Aravali and Gandhinagar. He is scheduled to offer prayers at Shamlaji Temple. The Congress V-P will be arriving at Dakor by a chopper around 10.45 AM and will continue the campaign from there.
Earlier on Saturday, the Prime Minister thanked the people of Gujarat for coming out in great numbers to cast their vote. In a tweet, he said that the BJP is heading towards a historic win. ““Thank you Gujarat! Gratitude to my sisters and brothers of Gujarat for voting in record numbers today. I am seeing that BJP is headed towards a historic victory, powered by the affection and support of every Gujarati,” he posted.
The counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, along with the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, will be held on December 18.