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Ranjona Banerji

Which of the following are the biggest issues affecting India today:

1) A just-retired judge of the Rajasthan High Court informing us that peacocks are celibate and peahens conceive by drinking peacock tears?

2) Actress Priyanka Chopra wearing a knee-revealing dress when she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

3) Farmers in Maharashtra on an indefinite strike over loan waivers and their various largely ignored problems?

4) India’s growth rate for the fourth quarter of 2016-2017 falls to 6.1 per cent, because of November 2016’s demonetisation exercise?

Let’s leave the usual bull out of the reckoning for now and move on. Let’s forget those really bad puns also, please.

The Rajasthan judge certainly took Twitter by storm because, well, it’s obvious. Such a breathtaking grasp of biology and ornithology, and even evolution, is most uncommon and must be admired and applauded. These are our judges who keep our judiciary’s standards high; long may we prosper.

Actress Priyanka Chopra, if you go by our most loyal fans of the PM and upholders of the best of Indian culture on social media, has committed a disastrous act of moral repugnance. To show someone, and that too a prime minister, her knees? It is possible that Indian culture may never recover from this.

How about the farmers? Farmers largely exist in India to be ignored and to suffer quietly by themselves. Lip service is paid to their efforts in slogans now and then, usually the same slogan which has been in use for 50 years. The rest of the time, city folk, corporatewallahs and economists discuss how India has to move beyond agriculture (while voting for the cow people, of course. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that dig).

That leaves the Indian economy. The most taboo subject of all. I heard on TV the other day that the Indian economy has never been better and demonetisation has been a success. Of course, this was outright pandering to the ruling party by the news anchor. But still. Despite all evidence to the contrary, fanboys and fangirls of the government have been applauding demonetisation since the results of the Uttar Pradesh elections were announced.

We have all heard the Union finance minister telling us that everything is fine and on track. Various corporate heads, analysts, former corporate honchos and economists have also assured us that India is the fastest growing economy that has never done better. Yes some have admitted perhaps jobs have not increased that much but the fiscal deficit is down, yaay! Others have played down the loss of jobs in information technology because well, these things happen, and Jawaharlal Nehru definitely has to share some of the blame.

Now, despite all these fantastic PR efforts to shore up our confidence in our able political masters, what do we find? That figures released by the government show us that India’s GDP growth has fallen from 7 per cent in the third quarter to 6.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016-2017. Various experts are clear that the demonetisation exercise carried out at the end of 2016 is responsible for this.

I’m not an economist and I don’t even pretend to be one. Nor am I a corporate honcho or a former corporate honcho or a TV expert on just about everything. But like anyone else who lives in India, and is not an economist, I am aware of the effects of demonetisation, of the collapse of various industries, of the loss of jobs, of the panic and despair felt by the economically underprivileged.

Given all this, it is hardly surprising that we have become obsessed with cattle and the fact that peacocks are celibate creatures that excrete sperm as they cry.

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Gujarat Polls: Congress MLA reaches polling booth with cylinder on his bicycle to highlight spike in fuel prices | WATCH

Paresh Dhanani accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of planning to enslave Gujarat within the confines of self-centeredness and terror.

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Gujarat Congress MLA reach with cylinder on his bicycle

Paresh Dhanani, a Congress MLA from Gujarat, cast his vote in an odd way by riding his bicycle while carrying a gas cylinder.

The Congress MLA from Amreli rode a bicycle with a cylinder attached to it to the voting booth in an effort to draw attention to the problems of high fuel prices, inflation, and unemployment.

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Paresh Dhanani accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of planning to enslave Gujarat within the confines of self-centeredness and terror.

Dhanai said that Gujarat was manipulated by the BJP into becoming a slave inside the confines of fear and selfishness. Because of the government’s shortcomings, unemployment and inflation are consistently rising.

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More over 3.5 lakh people died from Corona, a gas cylinder costs over Rs 1100, energy is expensive, the cost of transportation has skyrocketed, education is being privatised, government schools are closing, and transportation prices have skyrocketed. He said that he thinks the BJP’s collapse has caused a great deal of sorrow.

He added that he had voted against inflation. He also said that his vote will bring out a new government and fresh prospects for the youth. A chage in leadership will occur and Congress will come to power.

Tight security measures are in place as voting for the Gujarat Assembly election’s first phase begins.

In 89 constituencies across 19 districts in Kutch, Saurashtra, and South Gujarat, voting is taking place.

The EC said that a state-level monitoring room has been setup in Gandhinagar where the first phase of voting at 13,065 polling booths in 19 districts is being broadcasted live.

The Chief Electoral Officer also oversees the operation at the monitoring room in Gandhinagar.

The entire arrangements have been put in place in accordance with the Election Commission’s directives. Voting is taking place in the first phase at a total of 25,430 polling places. Out of these 13,065, live webcasts of polling places are available.

On December 8, the votes will be counted. On the same day, the results of the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections will also be announced.

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Gujarat Polls: Ravindra Jadeja, whose wife is BJP candidate, casts vote; his Cong ally father says not a family problem

Ravindra Jadeja has appealed to the citizens of Gujarat to vote in large numbers.

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Voting for the phase-1 in 19 districts of Gujarat has begun on Thursday and 4.92 per cent voting has been recorded till 9 am.

There are 788 candidates in the fray for these seats in 19 districts of the state. In the first phase, more than two crore voters will cast their vote. Out of 89 seats in the first phase, BJP has maximum 58, Congress has 26 and BTP has 2, NCP has one seat.

Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja was seen exercising his franchise at the polling station in Jamnagar. Jadeja’s wife, who is also a candidate for BJP from Jamnagar, voted in Rajkot earlier in the day.

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Ravindra Jadeja has appealed to the citizens of Gujarat to vote in large numbers.

Notably, it is a matter worth mentioning that even though Ravindra Jadeja’s wife was running for elections from BJP, his father and sister campaigned for the Congress.

After casting his vote, Ravindra Jadeja’s father Anirudhsinh Jadeja had said that he was with Congress. He added that party matters were different from family matters and that they should stay with their party, which has been with them for years. My son knows that it is a party’s matter and not a family problem, he concluded.

On the other hand, Naina Jadeja, sister of Ravindra Jadeja, has said that this was not the first time that such an incident was happening that a family was divided in different parties. She added that many families in Jamnagar have members working for different parties.

Be satisfied with your ideology and give your 100 per cent and the better party will win, Naina Jadeja said, adding that her love for her brother will stay the same.

The counting and results for both the phases of elections are elated to be declared on 8 December 2022.

Gujarat Polls: A glance at key candidates, constituencies that vote today

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Gujarat Polls: A glance at key candidates, constituencies that vote today

On the numerous constituencies that will vote on Thursday morning, a tough contest is anticipated as the BJP seeks to hold onto power and the AAP seeks to make inroads into yet another state.

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The phase-1 polling has begun in Gujarat on Thursday and after weeks of intense campaigning by all the political parties, Gujarat’s citizens are ready to cast their votes in the first round of the assembly elections.

The fate of political parties will be decided by over 2 crore

With 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts in Kutch, Saurashtra, and South Gujarat up for election today. Political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, and Aam Aadmi Party have been racing to make election promises.

Voting is being held from 8 am to 5 pm, according to the Indian Election Commission.

There are now 39 political parties running for office, and they have fielded 788 candidates, including 718 men and 70 women.

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is taking a chance by attempting to capitalise on anti-incumbency and concerns like inflation and unemployment in order to gain power, while the state’s current ruling BJP is displaying confidence in maintaining its 27-year reign.

On the numerous constituencies that will vote on Thursday morning, a tough contest is anticipated as the BJP seeks to hold onto power and the AAP seeks to make inroads into yet another state.

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Jamnagar North (Jamnagar)

The first on the list is Jamnagar North, where the contest is between Rivaba Jadeja of the BJP, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Bipendrasinh Jadeja of the Congress, and Karsan Karmur of the AAP.

Ahir Jivanbhai Karubhai Kumbharvadiya, a candidate for the Congress, was defeated by incumbent MLA Dharmendrasinh Merubha in the 2017 Assembly elections.

The race for the seat gained attention after a political spat between two members of the same family came to light. Rivaba, who is running for office for the first time, is supporting the BJP, while her sister-in-law and father-in-law are supporting the Congress candidate.

Morbi

The second name on the list is Morbi, which gained attention after the recent tragedy in which a suspension bridge collapsed into the river, killing over 130 people.

Kantilal Amrutiya, a replacement for the outgoing MLA and Cabinet Minister Brijesh Merja, is running against Jayantilal Jerajbhai Patel of the Congress and Pankaj Ransariya of the AAP.

In an effort to pressure the administration over the Morbi tragedy, the opposition parties brought up the matter of “mismanagement” in the incident during the campaign.

Prior to Amrutiya’s loss to Merja, a member of the Congress in 2017, the BJP had previously won the Morbi Assembly seat in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007, and 2012, according to records.

Merja later joined the BJP and won the Morbi by-elections once more. In 2022, the BJP will have Merja and Amrutiya.

Khambalia (Devbhoomi Dwarka)

The seat gains significance because Isudan Gadhvi, the AAP’s nominee for chief minister, is running from here. Vikram Madam of the Congress and Mulu Ayar Bera of the BJP are his opponents.

The BJP and AAP are anticipated to engage in a close race in the triangular conflict. Ahir Vikrambhai Arjanbhai Madam, a Congress contender, was successful in winning the seat in 2017. Congress has changed who will be running in the 2022 elections.

Rajkot West (Rajkot)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi previously ran in a by-election for Rajkot West in 2002. Vijay Rupani, a former chief minister, ran from the location in the 2017 Assembly elections.

Darshita Shah, a two-time deputy mayor, will compete against Dinesh Joshi of the AAP and Mansukhbhai of the Congress on the BJP ticket.

The seat, which the BJP has held since 1985, is regarded as one of its strongholds.

In the 2017 Assembly elections, Rupani defeated INC candidate Indranil Rajguru by a margin of 53,755 votes to win the seat.

Devboomi Dwaraka

The BJP’s Pabubha Manek is running against the AAP’s Nakum Lakhmanbhai Boghabhai and the Congress’ Malubhai Kandoria, who hasn’t lost an election in 32 years for the Devbhoomi Dwarka seat.

Manek had won the first three elections (1990, 1995, and 1998) as an independent leader. After joining the Congress, he won the seat in 2002. Later, running for the BJP, he prevailed in the Assembly elections of 2007, 2012, and 2017.

Manek defeated Ahir Meraman Markhi of the Congress in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections by a margin of 5,739 votes.

Katargam (Surat)

Gopal Italia, the state president of the AAP and a prominent Patidar leader, has been nominated by the constituency and is expected to engage in an exciting fight for the seat. He had been instrumental in the 2015 Patidar quota movement. He will compete against BJP candidate Vinodbhai Amrishbhai Mordiya and Congress candidate Kaplesh Variya, a member of the Prajapati community (OBC).

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