Gujarat Legislative Assembly Election, 2012

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The Gujarat Legislative Assembly Election, 2012 will be held to elect the state government of Gujarat on December 13 and December 17, 2012. There are 182 constituencies in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has been in power in Gujarat since 1995. The Indian National Congress is its main opposition.

The current assembly term comes to an end on January 17, 2013.

Important Dates

2012 Gujarat Assembly Elections
Presidential Election

The elections will be held in two phases – on December 13 and December 17, 2012. The dates were announced at a press conference in New Delhi by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on 3 Oct 2012. The elections will be held in all 182 assembly seats in Gujarat. Thirteen seats are reserved for Schedule Caste and 27 for Scheduled Tribe.

First Phase

  • Issue of notification: November 11, 2012
  • Last date for making nominations: November 24, 2012
  • Scrutiny of nominations: November 26, 2012
  • Last date for withdrawal of nominations: November 28, 2012
  • Date of poll: December 13, 2012

Second Phase

  • Issue of notification: November 23, 2012
  • Last date for making nominations: November 30, 2012
  • Scrutiny of nominations: December 1, 2012
  • Last date for withdrawal of nominations: December 3, 2012
  • Date of poll: December 17, 2012

Counting

The counting will be take place on December 20, 2012.

Constituencies

There are 182 assembly constituencies in Gujarat. 13 are reserved for Scheduled Caste and 27 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

  • Total no. of electors: 3,78,15,306
  • Total no. of polling stations: 44,496

Political Parties

The following parties are contesting the Gujarat Assembly Elections

Bharatiya Janata Party

The Current Chief Minister Narendra Modi is the Chief Ministerial candidate for the BJP. He has kicked off the election campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections from Becharaji on September 11, 2012.

Congress

The Indian National Congress has not announced its Chief Ministerial candidate yet. The Congress party has confirmed that AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi will not lead the party campaign in Gujarat.

Political Campaigns

Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

Modi criticizes Government for allowing FDI in retail

Criticizing the government's decision to allow FDI in retail, Narendra Modi dubbed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as "Singham for foreigners". He alleged that the foreigners would benefit from the recent reforms introduced by the government and questioned how many Italian businessmen would benefit from the decision.

Targeting both the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi at a election rally on September 15, 2012, Modi said Prime minister you don't have strength in your bones that you can die fighting, instead you should have said we will fight while dying every moment. In the last eight years, I have seen the prime minister showing spine and holding his head high only twice. The first time was for nuclear treaty with the US when all his allies were against it and he maintained that if my government has to go, let it go, I will sign the treaty. But when it comes about corruptions and parliamentary issues, he cites a coalition government constraint. Now second time, the PM has done it again for foreigners, so that they can come here to conquer the trade of India and take away employment,"

Narendra Modi calls Rahul Gandhi an 'international leader'

Narendra Modi took a dig at AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi saying that there is no comparison between him and the Congress leader. Modi raised the foreign origin issue of Sonia Gandhi on 17 September 2012 saying, "There is no comparison between Rahul Gandhi and me. Rahul Gandhi is an international leader as he belongs to India and Italy." Narendra Modi continued his month-long election campaign and celebrated his 62nd birthday on the tour.

Support to Narendra Modi

On November 14, 2012 BJP's national vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Purushottam Rupala exuded confidence on the leadership of Modi and urged the Gujarat voters to vote for Bharatiya Janata Party in the assembly elections next month."There's no one who can compete with Modi. BJP will emerge victorious in Gujarat," he said.

Congress

Congress

Sonia Gandhi to address rally in Rajkot

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will campaign for the party and will address a rally in Rajkot, Gujarat on 3 October 2012. She is expected to speak about drought relief and the party's campaign in the state. Sonia Gandhi will arrive at 10:30 am and will visit 'Gandhi-Smruti', the place where the Mahatma stayed during his school days.

Monitoring of Election Spending

The poll spending in the 2012 Gujarat Assembly Elections will be closely monitored. It is estimated that the Congress and BJP will spend at least Rs. 1000 crore during campaigning in the election, which is dubbed as a semifinal to the 2014 General Elections.

The Election Commission’s expenditure observers will be joined by Income Tax officials, Enforcement directorate, Directorate of revenue intelligence etc. to track down if any black money is being used. 100 additional officers of the Indian Revenue Services will be deployed for the elections.

Security Measures

The Election Commission has announced that 35,000 central paramilitary forces personnel and 55,000 from state police will be deployed for the Gujarat Assembly polls.