Ahmedabad, November 20: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday afternoon filed his nomination papers for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections. The nomination papers were filed by Rupani at the Election Commission office in Rajkot and was accompanied by state BJP leaders and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Also Read - Gujarat: 5 Patients Dead as Fire Breaks Out in ICU of COVID Hospital in Rajkot; PM Modi Expresses Pain

The incumbent Gujarat Chief Minister will contest the election from Rajkot West in Saurashtra. Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral

Before filing the nomination papers, Rupani visited various temples and offered prayers. He also sought blessings of several saints. Also Read - Ahmed Patel Passes Away: 'Lost an Irreplaceable Comrade,' Says Sonia Gandhi, Tributes Pour in From Political Circle

The Gujarat CM also addressed a huge public gathering at Bahumali Bhavan, Rajkot.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Rupani to convey his best wishes. He also expressed his confidence in BJP after winning the Gujarat polls.

The voting for two-phase Gujarat Assembly elections is scheduled for December 9 and 14. The vote count will take place on December 18.

The BJP on Monday released its third list of 28 candidates for upcoming polls.
The party has already released a second list of 36 candidates on Saturday and a first list of 70 candidates on Friday.

Overall, the party has announced 134 candidates for elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly elections which will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14.