Gujarat polls: 135 migrants from Pakistan to vote for the first time in Rajkot

Around 135 migrants from Pakistan, who are now Indian citizens, will vote for the first time in this election in Rajkot district, as per TOI reports. After naturalization, these happy people say that they were glad they could leave their refugee life in Pakistan and that now they would not be called ‘Pakistani’.

Shakti Matang, who got Indian citizenship along with six of his family members, said, ‘The election card is now our real identity,’ as per TOI.

Gujarat, which has 182 assembly constituencies, will go for polling in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will be done on December 8, which coincides with the result date of Himachal Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a public meeting in Dehgam that these elections will decide the fate of Gujarat for the next 25 years.
On the second day of his two-day campaign in Gujarat, PM Modi said, “India has completed 75 years of Independence and our nation is entering the Amrit Kaal, which will be the next 25 years. This (2022) is the first election of this Amrit Kaal, which will decide the state’s fate not just for the next five years, but what Gujarat will be like after 25 years.”

21% candidates facing criminal cases

A total of 167 candidates, out of the 788 contesting the 89 seats in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly election, have criminal cases against them, with 100 of them facing serious charges like murder and rape, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Thursday.

With this, 21 per cent of the candidates in fray have criminal cases against them, while 13 per cent are facing serious charges.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is contesting 88 seats out of the total 89, tops this list among major political parties in the fray with 36 per cent of its candidates having criminal cases. Thirty per cent of its candidates are facing serious cases such as murder, rape, assault, kidnapping, among others, the ADR said in its report. The number of candidates having criminal cases fielded by the AAP is 32.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party is followed by the Congress, which has fielded 35 per cent of its candidates with criminal cases. Twenty per cent of such candidates are facing serious cases. The grand old party is contesting all 89 seats in the first phase and the number of candidates with criminal cases fielded by it is 31, the report said.

The ruling BJP, which is also contesting all seats in the first phase of the election, has fielded 14 candidates with criminal records. Percentage-wise, such candidates account for 16 per cent of its total number and 12 per cent are facing serious charges, the ADR said in its report.

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