Gujarat Assembly Elections: Campaigning ends for first phase

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Cyclone Ockhi, which barrelled towards the Gujarat coast to hit areas near Surat around midnight, has come as a dampener to the election heat in Gujarat. Others wondered if Modi was indeed the prime minister of the entire country or he only represented Gujarat. It is considered as high stake for BJP as it is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for Congress because it has been out of power for over two decades.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi 7 December said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was anti-temple and that his visits to the shrines in Gujarat, sporting a "tilak", and talks of his wearing a "janeu", which is a sacred thread that Brahmins wear, were aimed at hiding this.

The rains, or the prospect of it, have pushed the BJP and the Congress to push back a number of rallies.

Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress earlier this year to float his own Jan Vikalp outfit, was scheduled to address roadshows and rallies in Junagadh, and Saurashtra's Mahuva and Palitana towns on Wednesday, a leader of his outfit said.

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The Congress leader has even been visiting temples in the poll-bound state, inviting criticism from the BJP that he was playing a "soft-Hindutva card" ahead of the Assembly polls.

Read Also: Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress manifesto promises happiness for all The BJP also called off rallies and press conferences of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Surat. Amit Shah's poll rallies in Rajula, Mahuva and Shihor on Tuesday were also cancelled. "Our Karyakartas should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens". Inspired by his tweet, BJP leaders in Surat suspended all their campaign-related work and began shifting people to safer places, the ruling party MLA from Surat's Majura seat, Harsh Sanghvi, said.

"We have decided not to do any kind of campaigning until the effect of cyclone remains".


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