India TV, the country’s leading news channel, is all set to host its mega election conclave “Chunav Manch” in Ahmedabad on Sunday, October 15.
Gujarat Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Vijay Rupani will be present here to answer various questions related to his government’s performance ahead of the Assembly polls, slated to be held later this year.
Rupani’s appearance on India TV is significant because both the ruling BJP and Congress leaderships are leaving no stone unturned to boost the morale of party workers ahead of polls.
BJP and Congress bigwigs have in recent past visited the state many times and addressed a number of public meetings in which they were seen trading charges against each other.
A team of journalists led by India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma will be present here to grill Rupani and ask him to give the accounts of works he has done after taking over as the Chief Minister in August last year.
Rupani is expected to lay down the party’s agenda for the polls. Besides, he will also be asked about issues that will feature in the party’s election manifesto.
Rupani will also be taking direct questions from India TV viewers all across the country. Viewers are requested to took to Facebook and Twitter to ask their question with # (hashtag) #ChunavManch. They are also requested to mention their full name and their city with the question.
The schedule of the upcoming state Assembly elections is likely to be announced soon by the Election Commission (EC). The EC has already announced that Gujarat Assembly elections will be held before December 18 this year. The term of the current Assembly expires on 22 January, 2018.
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.