India TV, the Country's leading news channel, is hosting its mega election conclave "Chunav Manch" in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, November 28.
The Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14, respectively. 89 Assembly constituencies will vote in phase 1, while 93 will vote in phase 2. Counting of votes will take place on December 18.
These leaders are being asked probing questions on their track record, manifestoes, political alliances and promises that they are going to make to the people of the state during the election campaign.
The top-line political leaders attending India TV conclave include BJP President Amit Shah, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, former chief ministers Shankersinh Vaghela, firebrand youth leader Hardik Patel, Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Anand Sharma etc.
As far as Gujarat Assembly elections are concerned, there will be direct contest between the two national parties i.e. the BJP and the Congress with very little space left for other players like Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress will once again try to dislodge the ruling BJP which is holding power in the state for almost two decades now. The upcoming elections would be a litmus test for the new BJP leadership in the state as the party will be contesting the elections without Narendra Modi in the driver's seat after a long time. Obviously, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has his task cut out in these elections.
In 2012 elections, the BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi had won 115 out 0f 182 seats in the Assembly and the saffron party had garnered 47.85% vote share. The Congress, on the other hand, had won 61 seats with 38.93% vote share.
Is the BJP in a position to once again romp home to victory in the state in the absence of its most popular CM Narendra Modi who has now moved over to 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi? Will CM Vijay Rupani succeed in winning yet another term in power for the party in the face of the double-incumbency that the BJP faces after forming government at the centre as well?
Can the Congress stop the BJP juggernaut in the state that has become unstoppable, invincible for last two decades? What strategy the grand old party has to take full advantage of the absence of Narendra Modi from the state politics? Who will be its face in these elections? Who will be the Congress CM, if the party springs a surprise and delivers a blow to the BJP in these elections?
What role Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi or leaders like Shankarsinh Vaghela, Alpesh Thakore will play in these elections? Can Vaghela spoil the game for the Congress? Will Hardik Patel, with his overt anti-BJP leanings, be able to help the Congress dislodge the BJP government in the state?
After winning the UP elections, the BJP had called it a referendum on "demonetisation". Will the Gujarat elections be a referendum on "GST rollout" this time?
All these questions will be discussed, debated and analysed by the actual players of the electoral game in India TV's mega election conclave on November 28.
The programme will be telecast live on India TV throughout the day on Tuesday.
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