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Posted at: Apr 22, 2019, 7:02 AM; last updated: Apr 22, 2019, 7:02 AM (IST)

Gujarat votes tomorrow

All 26 seats set to witness direct contest between BJP & Cong
Gujarat votes tomorrow
BJP chief Amit Shah waves at party supporters during a roadshow ahead in Sanand on Sunday. PTI

Manas Dasgupta

Ahmedabad, April 21

Campaigning for 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat ended at 5 pm on Sunday, with the last day of canvassing seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Patan in the northern part of the state and BJP chief Amit Shah holding a roadshow in Gandhinagar.

During campaigning, the two principal parties in the state — the ruling BJP and the Congress — exchanged acrimonious barbs, with leaders from both groups exuding confidence of a good showing. The BJP had swept all 26 seats in the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Campaigning for four Assembly bypolls in Dhrangadhra, Manavadar, Unjha and Jamnagar (Rural) seats also ended on Sunday along with that of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Talala Assembly bypoll, which was to be held simultaneously on April 23, was, however, stayed by the Supreme Court. Among the star campaigners, PM Modi earlier held rallies in Amreli, Anand, Surendranagar, Himmatnagar and Junagadh, besides Patan on Sunday.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addressed poll gatherings in Vanthali in Junagadh, Bhuj in Kutch district, Mahuva in Bhavnagar and Bardoli in south Gujarat, including in Tapi district in south Gujarat on Friday.

Shah, who is contesting from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, held rallies and roadshows in Banaskantha, Kodinar, Chhota Udepur districts among others.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani covered all 26 Lok Sabha seats during the three-week campaign while Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and other cabinet colleagues also pitched in for the ruling BJP.

The Congress also deployed cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who recently left the BJP to join the opposition party, and actor Ameesha Patel to drum up support for its candidates.

The BJP leaders who campaigned in Gujarat included UP CM Yogi Adityanath, and Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman.

Patidar quota spearhead Hardik Patel, who joined the Congress, campaigned for the party in several places but his plan to contest from Jamnagar LS seat was nixed after courts refused to stay his conviction in a rioting case. 

An estimated 4.51 crore electorate will decide the fate of 371 candidates in the fray for the 26 seats.  Both Modi and Shah will arrive here tomorrow evening for casting their votes on Tuesday. (With agency inputs)


Take care of ‘son of the soil’: Modi

It is the duty of people of my home state to take care of the ‘son of the soil’, give all 26 seats in Gujarat to me. My government will come back to power for sure, but if Gujarat doesn’t give 26 seats (to BJP), the TV discussions on May 23 will be why it happened.—  Narendra Modi, Prime minister

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