Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a BJP election rally in Gandhinagar on Friday. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a BJP election rally in Gandhinagar on Friday. Photo: PTI

Gujarat Elections 2017 LIVE: Congress promise on quota constitutionally impossible, says Arun Jaitley

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi are leading their parties’ campaign for the second phase of Gujarat elections. Here are the latest updates

OTHERS : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi are leading the second phase of campaigning for Gujarat assembly elections for their respective parties, BJP and Congress. PM Modi is campaigning in Bhabhar, Kalol, Himmatnagar and Nikol, while Rahul Gandhi will continue his Navsarjan Gujarat campaign, and will travel from Chhota Udaipur to Anand today.The first phase of campaigning ended on Thursday evening. The first phase of voting is scheduled on Saturday. Here are the latest updates and developments from the second phase of campaign in Gujarat:

08 Dec 2017, 05:12:00 PM IST

I won’t lie and say that everyone will receive Rs15 Lakh in their bank accounts, says Rahul Gandhi in Anand

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi promised the people that if voted to power, his government will hear them and not lie or make false promises.“I won’t lie and say that everyone will receive Rs15 Lakh in their bank accounts but when we come to power here, people will feel that their voices are finally being heard after 22 years,” he said.

08 Dec 2017, 04:58:00 PM IST

BJP hastily prepared its manifesto: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Anand and questioned the BJP’s commitment to Gujarat. He said that the BJP “hastily” prepared its manifesto after the Congress questioned the party.

08 Dec 2017, 04:39:00 PM IST

Rahul’s visits to temples just a pretence: Yogi Adityanath

Dubbing Rahul Gandhi’s visits to temples as a mere “pretence”, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has asked the Congress vice president to make his party’s stand clear on the Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute. He also alleged that the Congress was adopting double standards on the Ayodhya issue as it “does not want it to get resolved in a peaceful manner”. “I appeal to Rahul Gandhi to please clear the Congress’ stand on the issue as he is soon to become the party president,” Adityanath said in Vadodara last night while campaigning for BJP candidate Jitendra Sukhadia at Gorva locality in Sayajigunj Assembly constituency. Taking a dig at Gandhi over his visits to temples, the UP chief minister said he does not even know how to sit properly in a temple. He said under the UPA government, an affidavit had been filed in the Supreme Court over the Ram Setu case, which said that Lord Ram and Lord Krishna were imaginary. “If they are imaginary, then what is Rahul Gandhi doing in temples? His visits to temples is just a pretence,” he said.

08 Dec 2017, 04:27:00 PM IST

Our govt’s insurance plans are strengthening social democracy: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about his government’s financial inclusion programmes and achievements during a rally in Kalol today.“Insurance plans of our government are strengthening social democracy. So far, 18 crore poor people have joined the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, and approximately Rs1,800 crore has been disbursed under these schemes,” Modi said.Earlier taking a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was in Rajkot on Thursday, PM Modi said: “Do you know what happened in Rajkot... Dr. Manmohan Singh met the press and after that the elderly Mansukh Kaka met him. He presented him a book containing the scams under the UPA. I congratulate Mansukh Kaka who spoke up for the truth and for honest governance.”

08 Dec 2017, 04:06:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi visits Mogal Dham mandir in Ranesar

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today visited Mogal Dham mandir in Ranesar as part of his campaign for the second phase of elections in Gujarat.

08 Dec 2017, 03:42:00 PM IST

Congress must sack Kapil Sibal too, says PM Modi in Kalol

Addressing an election ally in Kalol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dared the Congress to remove Kapil Sibal who want the Ayodhya issue to be delayed when all stakeholders want an early solution

08 Dec 2017, 03:21:00 PM IST

Arun Jaitley releases BJP’s Gujarat manifesto in Ahmedabad

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday released the BJP’s manifesto for the Gujarat assembly elections in Ahmedabad. Jaitley said under the BJP government, Gujarat’s GDP remains the highest in the country and in the last five years, the state grew at the average rate of 10% amongst large states. Talking about the Congress manifesto, Jaitley said that it is “based on constitutional impossibility and financial improbability.” Arun Jaitley says the Congress is attempting “caste polarization” in the state. “One of Congress’s poll promises is constitutionally impossible, which is reservation. It cannot go beyond 50%. The Congress’s vision is based on constitutional impossibility.”

08 Dec 2017, 02:58:00 PM IST

Ready for any punishment if Congress suffers in Gujarat polls because of my comments: Aiyar

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, suspended from the party for making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday said he would accept any punishment if the party suffers damage in the Gujarat polls because of his comments. Aiyar, who was suspended yesterday, said the Congress party had given him a lot and there was no future for India without the party. “If the Congress suffers any damage in the Gujarat polls because of my comments, then whatever punishment the party deems fit I will accept it,” he said on the sidelines of an India-Pakistan seminar in New Delhi. “The Congress has given me a lot. There is no future for India if there is no Congress,” he said. The disciplinary action against the senior leader came after he called the prime minister a “neech kism ka aadmi” (vile sort of man). (PTI)

08 Dec 2017, 02:36:00 PM IST

21% Congress candidates, 15% of BJP face criminal cases

Twenty-one percent of the Congress candidates and 15% of the BJP nominees for the second phase of the Gujarat assembly polls have declared “serious criminal cases against themselves”, according to a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday. Read more

08 Dec 2017, 02:31:00 PM IST

Images from Rahul Gandhi’s election rally in Pavi Jetpur

08 Dec 2017, 02:24:00 PM IST

North Gujarat making strides in agriculture, solar energy, says PM Modi

08 Dec 2017, 02:16:00 PM IST

Abuse is not part of politics, says Ravi Shankar Prasad in Ahmedabad

08 Dec 2017, 01:58:00 PM IST

PM Modi targets Mani Shankar Aiyar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today targeted Mani Shankar Aiyar in his rally in Banaskantha.

08 Dec 2017, 01:53:00 PM IST

We took strong action against Mani Shankar Aiyar: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi used his speech at Chota Udaipur to change the perception against the party due to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s comments against PM Modi. He said, “At Congress, we respect the Prime Minister’s Office and do not tolerate any disrespectful words against the PM. Modiji may say whatever against us, but we took strong action against Aiyar,” Rahul said.

08 Dec 2017, 01:48:00 PM IST

Congress is going to win in Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi

“A Congress wave is coming in Gujarat,” declared Rahul Gandhi in Chotta Udaipur today.

08 Dec 2017, 01:45:00 PM IST

Farm loan waiver policy within 10 days of Gujarat election win, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has promised that the Congress will come out with a policy for farmer loan waiver within 10 days of winning elections in Gujarat.“Congress party within 10 days of winning the elections will make a policy for farmer loan waiver,” ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying in Chotta Udaipur during an election rally.

08 Dec 2017, 01:41:00 PM IST

BJP has not even released its manifesto for Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi in Chhota Udaipur

Taking forward his campaign for the second phase of polls, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi questioned BJP’s vision for Gujarat.“BJP has not declared what they want to do for you. They have not even prepared a manifesto,” Rahul said.

08 Dec 2017, 01:39:00 PM IST

BJP brought Narmada waters to Banaskantha, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says in Bhabhar: “Earlier, people from here would have to travel a considerable distance to pray to Maa Narmada. Due to BJP, Narmada waters have come to this region.”

08 Dec 2017, 01:36:00 PM IST

PM Modi addressing rally in Banaskantha’s Bhabhar

Speaking in his first rally of the day Banaskantha’s Bhabhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded the people of Gujarat about floods in the region and the response from the MLAs of both the Congress and BJP. “People of Patan and Banaskantha know the difference between Congress and BJP. When there were floods here Congress MLAs were relaxing in Bengaluru whereas BJP leaders were working with people, helping in relief operations. Those who did not stand with Banaskantha in the bad times of flood can not be excepted to serve either this district or the state of Gujarat,” he said.

08 Dec 2017, 01:29:00 PM IST

PM Modi to hold election rallies in Bhabhar, Kalol, Himmatnagar, Nikol

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to hold election rallies in Banaskantha’s Bhabar, Kalol and Vatva in Ahmedabad, Himatnagar in Sabarkantha.

08 Dec 2017, 01:27:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi’s Navsarjan Gujarat campaign schedule for today

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to address election rallies in Jetpur Pavi, Ramesar and Loteshwar Bhagol, today.

08 Dec 2017, 01:25:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi on tribal welfare in Gujarat

Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the Gujarat polls, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today questioned him about Rs 55,000 crore meant for tribal welfare. In his 10th question in the series ahead of the polls in the state, Gandhi targeted the prime minister on the plight of tribals in the state. “Migration has broken the tribal society, Modiji where have the Rs 55,000 crore of ‘Vanbandhu scheme’ gone?” “Snatched tribals land, did not give them rights over the jungle and lakhs of land ownership contracts have been held up. Neither did schools function nor did they get a hospital, neither house for the landless nor employment for the youth,” Gandhi alleged on Twitter.

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