New Delhi, Oct 16: PM Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah will address over seven lakh party workers on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on Monday. The event will also be attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Ruphani and other top BJP leaders.
Here’s your 10-point cheat-sheet on today’s mega rally:
- 7 lakh of its workers in the state and ‘page pramukhs’ (electoral roll in-charge) from all 182 assembly constituencies will attend the event at Bhat village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
- On the eve of his visit to Gujarat, PM Modi tweeted: “I bow to the people of Gujarat for blessing BJP for decades. We will always fulfil the dreams of every Gujarati with full strength & vigour.”
- Today’s mega rally dubbed the “Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan” marks the conclusion of the BJP’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’ (March for Gujarat’s Honour) launched on October 1. (Also read: Gujarat Election Results Will Show Who Enjoys Public Support, Says Arun Jaitley)
- The Yatra covered almost 4,500 km and 149 of the state’s 182 assembly seats. Chief Minister Vijay Ruphani and his deputy Nitin Patel addressed various meetings during the Yatra.
- The Election Commission has held off on announcing the dates for the assembly polls in Gujarat. The tenure of the Gujarat assembly is till January 22 and polls are widely expected to be held in December.
- Last week, the Election Commission announced dates to polls in Himachal Pradesh which votes on November 9. Counting will be held December 18. This 5-week gap has led to speculation that votes for Gujarat could be counted simultaneously.
- Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said the announcement on Gujarat elections was delayed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi announce election sops in Gujarat during his visit today. (Also read: Wherever Rahul Gandhi Goes, Congress Loses Election: Yogi Adityanath in Gujarat)
- The announcement of poll dates would have meant that the ‘model code of conduct’ kicks in, and incentive schemes would have been seen as a violation.
- The BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1995. PM Modi was catapulted into the national limelight during his tenure as chief minister of the state between 2001 and 2014.
- Led by Narendra Modi the BJP had won 115 seats in the 182-member state assembly. After he became PM, Anandiben Patel became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. But she quit after the Patel agitation, handing over to Vijay Ruphani in August last year.