India TV's flagship election mega conclave 'Chunav Manch' in its second edition at Ahmedabad saw an enviable line-up of participants both from the ruling as well as the opposition benches while marking the beginning of the final leg of most anticipated Gujarat Assembly elections 2017.
The 'very vocal' response from the equally illustrious audience was a testimony to the fact that they got completely involved with the proceedings. This also showed while they interacted with the panelists and the top political magnates who were especially present for this day-long affair.
One of the most awaited conclaves was hosted by India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma. A few discussion sessions were moderated by India TV's senior news anchors.
In his welcome address, Rajat Sharma outlined the performance of the ruling regime, their pre-poll promises, people's expectations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's undaunting image to name a few. He also highlighted the opposition's charges ranging from rising unrest among the business class to unemployment issues to questioning the Gujarat model of development.
A few amongst those who participated in different sessions were, BJP president Amit Shah, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra, BJP MP Kirit Solanki, BJP leader Jitu Vaghani, former Gujarat chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel, Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Arjun Modhwadia along with Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Randeep Singh Surjewala.
India TV Managing Director Ritu Dhawan said, "We are happy because of the huge success of the initiative. But what makes us happier is that we were able to generate top-notch participation and we had a full-house throughout the day. This is especially when we were aware that our competition has been struggling to get in and keeping the audiences at their respective venues."
"We are thankful to our eminent audiences at Ahmedabad and are sure that our TV audiences must have liked it alike." she added.