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Gujarat elections: BJP suspends 12 rebel candidates for their nomination

BJP’s Amit Shah had also initiated a persuasion drive to take control of rebel leaders, however, despite the disapproval by the party, the BJP rebel leaders didn’t withdraw nominations on the last date.

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s bane of waking up to rebel candidates continues even in the outfit’s stronghold state, Gujarat. The Bharatiya Janata Party has taken action against the rebel candidates who have pitched themselves as independent candidates in the upcoming state elections. The BJP has taken matters with more seriousness and has executed a mass suspension to set an example.

According to reports, the BJP suspended 12 more candidates on Tuesday, which include six-time MLA and two former MLAs. The suspended candidates had fielded themselves as independent candidates for the upcoming assembly elections after the party denied them the tickets.

The total number of suspended candidates has summed up to 19 as previously the BJP suspended 7 leaders for filling nominations for the first phase of the Gujarat elections. The recent 12 suspended candidates have pitched themselves as independent candidates for the second phase of the elections.

The suspended MLAs include current MLA Madhu Shrivastav from Vagodia, Dinu Patel from Padra, and ex-MLA Dhavalsinh Zala from Bayad. The other MLAs also include Kuldipsinh Raul (Savli), Khatubhai Pagi (Shehra), SM Khant (Lunawada), JP Patel (Lunawada), Ramesh Zala (Umreth), Amarshi Zala (Khambhat), Ramsinh Thakor (Kheralu), Mavji Desai (Dhanera) and Lebji Thakor (Deesa).

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Amit Shah’s persuasion drive

BJP’s Amit Shah had also initiated a persuasion drive to take control of rebel leaders, however, despite the disapproval by the party, the BJP rebel leaders didn’t withdraw nominations on the last date. The inspired BJP rebels will fight as independent candidates due to which they have also faced suspension from the party.

The rise of rebel leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Gujarat election suggests that 10 percent of the 182 seats will see a BJP rebel contesting.

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The elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases December 1 and 5 and the results of the elections will be announced on December 8 which will correspond to the result announcement date of Himachal’s assembly elections.

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi gives flying kiss while passing by BJP office in Rajasthan | WATCH

Earlier in the morning schedule of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi was seen mingling with the cultural colours of Rajasthan.

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi gives flying kiss

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi started his yatra by giving flying kisses to spectators gathered on the rooftop of the BJP Jhalawar headquarters to watch the Bharat Jodo Yatra. This comes after he questioned why the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were not singing Jai Siyaram and Hey Ram the day before.

Today is the second day of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Rajasthan.

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The yatra, which started at around six in the morning from Jhalawar sports complex, has taken a lunch break after completing a journey of about ten kilometres. Presently the yatra is in Deori Ghata of Jhalawar district. The second leg of today’s yatra will start at 3:30 pm.

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Meanwhile, Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar attacked the BJP and said that the Gujarat elections have crossed all limits. He said that on the day of voting, BJP campaigned in PM Modi’s road show.

Earlier in the morning schedule of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi and the passengers were seen mingling with the cultural colors of Rajasthan. When the yatra passed in front of the district BJP office, everyone smiled seeing Rahul’s reaction. In fact, many people had gathered at the BJP office since morning to watch the yatra. When Rahul’s eyes fell on them, he greeted people by giving a flying kiss.

Bharat Jodo Yatra will enter Kota district from Jhalawar later this afternoon. The yatra will remain in Kota district for the next four days.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Congress got a new in-charge on the very day of the Yatra’s entry in Rajasthan. Senior Punjab leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has been appointed in-charge by the party following Maken’s resignation. Randhawa has also been nominated as a member of the Congress Steering Committee.

Rahul Gandhi is focusing on soft Hindutva during the yatra. One can also visit some of the temples coming in the route of the yatra. A day before, Rahul Gandhi targeted the BJP-RSS over the slogans of Jai Siyaram and Hey Ram. He said that BJP will have to say Jai Siyaram.

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Himachal Pradesh exit polls: BJP may retain power, Congress a close second, AAP flops

The single-phase polls in Himachal Pradesh on November 12 registered a record 75.6 per cent polling on all 68 seats.

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Himachal Pradesh exit polls: Neck and neck race between BJP and Congress, AAP not in it

Himachal Pradesh is to witness a close fight between the BJP and the Congress for the 68-member Assembly, said exit polls on Monday, the day polling ended in the second phase in Gujarat.

With the halfway mark at 35 in the Himachal House, four exit polls predicted a BJP victory with the party expected to win 36 seats, just one over the halfway number. The exit poll projections seemed to favour the Congress’s return in the state. Congress is also expected to get some 30 seats. Thus, the BJP and the Congress are in a neck and neck competition. This also holds true if one goes by the trend in Himachal Pradesh of people alternating between the two big parties.

The single-phase polls in Himachal Pradesh on November 12 registered a record 75.6 per cent polling on all 68 seats. In the 2017 Assembly elections, the voter turnout was 75.57 percent.

While 76.4 percent of women voters exercised their franchise, only 72.4 per cent of male voters did the same in 2022. The voting percentage for the third gender was 68.4 per cent. There were 27.88 lakh men and 27.36 lakh women in the electorate overall, with 38 voters registered as third genders.

The state election department focused heavily on 11 constituencies with low voter turnout in the 2017 elections for the assembly, according to the SEO statement.

The voter turnout finally increased in nine of these constituencies—Dharampur, Jaisinghpur, Shimla, Baijnath, Bhoranj, Solan, Kasumpati, Sarkaghat, Jaswan Pragpur, Hamirpur, and Badsar—by up to seven per cent of the 11 seats.

The Dharampur seat had a 6.93 percentage point increase from 63.6 per cent in 2017 to 70.54 per cent in the recent election. However, the percentage decreased significantly in Shimla and Baijnath, from 63.93% in 2017 to 62.53% and from 64.92% in 2017 to 63.46%, respectively.

The exit polls predict a close fight between the grand old party and the saffron party according to Aaj Tak-Axis My India the BJP is at 29 whereas its counterpart is at 35, however, as per the ABP News-Cvoter exit poll prediction the BJP is at succeeding with 37 whereas the Congress is at 28. The Aam Aadmi Party has failed to change any flare in the voting trends as the exit polls predict nothing for AAP in Himachal Pradesh.

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Exit poll results 2022 for Gujarat: BJP’s clean sweep, Congress trails behind, AAP not there yet

According to the Election Commission of India, approximately 58.68 per cent of polling was recorded till 5 pm in the second phase of voting.

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Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 concluded on Monday with the second phase of voting. The first phase of voting took place on December 1. With the end of voting at 5 pm today, exit poll results for the 182 seats across Gujarat are finally out.

According to the Election Commission of India, approximately 58.68 per cent of polling was recorded till 5 pm in the second phase of voting.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to clean sweep in Gujarat, polls of exit polls predicted. The News X-Jan Ki Baat Exit Polls 2022 says BJP will win 117-140 seats while Congress+NCP will secure 34-51 seats and AAP is likely to win 6-13 seats.

Exit Polls of TV9 Gujarati predicted BJP to win 125-130 seats, Congress+NCP 40-50 seats, and AAP 3-5 seats. The Republic- P-MARQ exit polls had BJP winning between 128-148 seats, Congress+NCP 30-42 seats, and AAP 2-10 seats.

The Times Now-ETG exit polls say the BJP is likely to win 131 seats, the Congress+NCP is expected to secure 41 seats, and AAP is likely to win 6 seats.

Prominent seats in the second phase of voting were Viramgam from where Hardik Patel is contesting on the BJP ticket, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel’s Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad, and Gandhinagar South from where BJP’s Alpesh Thakor is contesting.

For those unversed, exit polls are surveys carried out by media organisations outside the polling booths through sampling methods to forecast the likely results of the elections before the final outcome is declared. The counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly polls will be conducted on December 8.

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Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party fielded candidates in all 16 seats this year while Congress is contesting in 90 seats and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has pitted candidates in 2 seats.

Reports said around 833 candidates contested across the 93-seat polling for the second phase of voting in the state. These are prominent seats for the Bharatiya Janata Party which has dominated for almost three decades now.

This year, Gujarat witnessed a three-way tough fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party, and Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel also cast their votes and PM Modi also urged people to step out to vote.

Reports said the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls saw low turnout with a 34.7 per cent turnout was recorded till 1 pm on December 1.

The final results for the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 will be out on December 8 and India will find out which party retained its power and serve Gujarat for the next five years.

The Exit Polls hint at a clean sweep for the ruling BJP in the Gujarat Assembly election as according to Aaj Tak-Axis My India the saffron party is at 140 and the grand old party is trailing behind at 23, the Aam Aadmi Party has predicted to have performed poorly as they are at 15.

As per the ABP News-Cvoter, the BJP is again sweeping the election at 134 as opposed to Congress, who are at Congress 37 as per exit polls; the Aam Aadmi Party is also falling behind at just 7.

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