Times of India | 3 weeks ago | 19-07-2022 | 06:34 am
GANDHINAGAR: All the eligible 178 MLAs of the Gujarat assembly cast their votes along with one member of Parliament in the 2022 presidential election on Monday. The lone NCP MLA in the house, Kandhal Jadeja, claimed he voted for NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu despite his party supporting the opposition candidate. Meanwhile, Parimal Nathwani, Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh, also voted at the Gujarat assembly after seeking prior permission of the Parliament secretariat. The MLAs began casting their vote from 10 am in the assembly where the election was held amid tight security. After casting his vote, leader of opposition in the assembly Sukhram Rathwa said, “It appears as if the BJP has scored a masterstroke by nominating a tribal candidate as President. It seems to be a ploy to send out a message to the tribal electorate that the BJP is with it since elections are scheduled in Gujarat and later in MP and Rajasthan. But this will not change the equation in Gujarat,” he said. Rathwa added that the Congress expects the next President of India to uphold constitutional values and ensure that law and order is maintained. State government spokesperson and education minister Jitu Vaghani claimed that NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu will win the Presidential election with a record margin. “Non-NDA parties too have pledged their support for Droupadi Murmu. I hope that tribal MLAs from the state will listen to their inner voice and vote for Murmu. I also appeal to the MLAs in the opposition to vote for her,” he said. Parimal Nathwani, Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh, cast his vote at the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha around noon on Monday. He represents the YSR Congress party in the parliament. “I feel honoured to have voted in the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha which I have visited for the first time,” Nathwani said after casting his vote. Lone NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja claimed he had voted for the NDA nominee. “I have cast my vote in favour of the BJP candidate,” he said while maintaining that he did not vote against the party line. The NCP had earlier announced support to the opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha. BTP MLA Chhotu Vasava said he voted for a candidate who will work in the interest of the poor. A total of 178 of the 182 MLAs of the Gujarat legislative assembly were eligible to cast their votes for the election. These include 111 of the BJP, 63 of the Congress, two from the Bharatiya Tribal Party, one from the NCP and one independent.
Prior to the Assembly elections, the Election Commission will conduct a camp on four consecutive Sundays to do any sort of corrections in the voter id card.Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Officer PP Bharti said the camps will be held on four consecutive Sundays between August 21 and September 11. Those who intend to make changes in their voter id can do so by visiting the camps between 10 am and 5pm.And if someone intends to check whether their names arethere in the voter list or not,then it can be checked on the websites www.nsvp.in and www.ceo.gujarat.gov.in. Citizens can visitthe election department inthe Collectors’ office and canalso call on the helpline number 1950.Currently there are 4.83 crores registered voters in the state out of which around 2.50 crores are male and around 2.33 crore are female voters. A total of 1,291 voters belong to the third gender.
AHMEDABAD: If you are turning 18 on or before October 1, you will be eligible to vote in the state scheduled to be held later this year. P Bharathi, Gujarat's chief electoral officer, made the announcement while speaking to mediapersons on Monday. She said that people can register to vote online or at voting booths in their areas. Booth-level officers (BLOs) will visit the booths on four Sundays from August 21 to facilitate the process. "With the enrollment of first-time voters who turn 18 on October 1, the Election Commission is expecting to increase the number of first-time voters by 3-4 lakh," Bharathi said. "At present, there are 4.84 crore registered voters, of whom 2.50 crore are male and 2.34 crore are female. Moreover, 1,291 registered voters are from the third gender." A state election commission official said: "Even if a person is turning 18 on October 1 this year, he or she can register to vote." The official added: "The final and updated electoral roll will be declared on October 10." The official said that earlier turning 18 on January 1 was considered the cut-off point for voting eligibility. There has been a 16% decrease in the number of first-time voters, the 18-19 age group, in 2022 compared to 2012. The data from the electoral rolls shows there were 1.34 lakh first-time voters of the 18-19 age group in the year 2012, which dropped to 1.12 lakh in 2022. Over the past five years - from 2017 to 2022 - the decline in first-time voters has been 9.6%, from 1.24 lakh to 1.12 lakh this year. As for the current drive to update the electoral roll, officials said even those who want to get their names deleted from the voters' list or have an objection to the inclusion of any person's name in the list can raise the matter with the BLOs. Also, changes can be done on any of the four Sunday beginning from August 21, officials said. The state has decided to set up 51,782 polling booths for the forthcoming assembly elections.
Prime Minister candidate and Conservative Party leadership contender Rishi Sunak has claimed polls indicate that he is in the “best place” to win over the United Kingdom in the upcoming election.Speaking to the BBC, Rishi Sunak said that people have responded well to his message during campaigning.“Everywhere I go, there’s a lot of people who have not made up their minds. People are very receptive to the message I have got about how to restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite our country,” he said.Sunak said he is the “best person” to get to grips with all the issues that his country is facing.“I know what our members are ultimately focused on is who is best placed to beat Keir Starmer and the Labour Party in the next general election and I am the best person to do that as well as take on the job as prime minister, to get to grips with all the issues that we face,” he said.“As people saw me act during the pandemic, I will bring that same sense of urgency and grip to the government, restore trust and I am confident that I can make good progress in this race,” he added.Sunak will be up against Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the election. Ms Truss is widely considered to be the favourite to become the next Conservative Party leader, and as a result, the next British Prime Minister.Asked if he would concede given the polls suggest that Ms Truss is leading the race, Mr Sunak said: “We have to remember I did lead the parliamentary stage of this process at every round, topped the ballot at every round, have the broader support of my parliamentary colleagues and the polls show that I am the best placed to win in the general election.”“So I am going to keep going out and about on fighting hard for every vote,” he said.
AHMEDABAD: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Gujarat, Raghu Sharma, on Thursday said that the coming assembly election will be a direct contest between the Congress and BJP, and all other parties in the fray will be playing the role of 'B teams' of the BJP. The party observers T S Singh Deo and Milind Deora held a series of meetings with office-bearers and MLAs here. The party announced that yatras will be held across the state, after which a manifesto for the state will be announced. "The observers held several meetings with leaders and MLAs. Our focus will be on booth management through the 'Maru Booth, Maru Gaurav' programme and public outreach through yatras." Sharma said. Sharma asserted, "It will be a straight fight between the Congress and BJP. Any other party in the fray is a B-team of the BJP."
Elections to the Gujarat Assembly are likely to be held in the third week of November. The State Election Commission (SEC) has started preparations forthe polls.The announcement is likely to come soon after Diwali in October, a top-ranking official told Mirror. Earlier, there was talk of elections in the first week of December, but they are likely to be preponed.The SEC has begun revision of electoral list and registration of first-time voters. The commission is also organising camps and seminars for the staff about poll procedures and related work.This will leave very little time for the government, with just three months left. With revenue records mentioning monsoon season till September 15, no major projects can be taken up.Senior BJP leaders are quite anxious as the Bhupendra Patel government will go to polls with just one year to show its achievement. The results of the polls would also indicate if the decision of the BJP high command to change the entire ministry has worked well.Though the new government, which faced hiccups in the initial 4-5 months, has now gained pace. The image of a stop-gap government is slowly changing and many new policies and projects have been announced in the recent past.For the BJP, that the Gujarat elections are crucial is evident from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making a visit to the state every month. For the past three months, Modi has visited Gujarat more than half-a-dozen times, which has brought the state into election mode.The PM has launched several projects worth crores of rupees in the state, including the latest and most ambitious India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX), India’s first International Bullion Exchange in GIFT-IFSC. He also launched the NSE IFSC-SGX Connect. The CM is also on a launching spree laying foundations of many projects that focus on urban areas.Party programmes are being held at the district level and MLAs have been asked to focus on their constituencies. However, there are chances that many of the present MLAs would not be repeated.