Gujarat Elections: Congress and BJP leading a two Horse race, no room for third party

On Monday, Vandana Patel, Women’s Wing chief, formerly of the BJP, joined the Congress, routinely accusing the BJP on the various account and not the AAP (Aam Admi Party), In Gujrat, the AAP suffered a jerk by her words, she on a regular basis has been accusing the matter, She with her words made it very clear that no third political party in the western state has survived for long after a two-party system emerged in 1995. With the number of 11 candidates, has announced that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party (AAP)  is trying to make a splash in Gujarat.

Over the last 22 years a two-party system has been successfully working along with the saffron sisters of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, having 182 Vidhan Sabha seats, till now.

The BJP and the Congress every five years, the neighbouring Rajasthan alternates they between them found their way Kerala alternates the Left Front and the Congress. And for this reason, the state has not seen the rise of a Third Front and the number of candidates in the Gujarat Assembly elections has also remained restrained since 1995 the emergence of the BJP is the only alternative to the Congress.

Since the first Assembly elections in 1962, on an average, each constituency has seen not more than 10 candidates. When the number of candidates soared, except in 1990 and 1995, Gujarat has generally been content with fewer candidates:

  • 1962 (500)
  • 1967 (599)
  • 1972 (852)
  • 1975 (834)
  • 1980 (974)
  • 1985 (1137)
  • 1990 (1889)
  • 1995 (2545)
  • 1998 (1125)
  • 2002 (963)
  • 2007 (1180)
  • 2012 (1666)

Previously efforts have been put by them to make the changes, But all resulted in vain. It is not like that the ambitious and the spurned politicians have not tried to float a third party. For example, In 1996 Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP), was formed by BJP rebel Shankarsinh Vaghela but won only four Assembly seats in 1998, as people over there didn’t support the new party and after that, they merge there outfit with the Congress, with whose support he ran a short-lived government.

Even now, Vaghela’s Jan Vikalp Party is a tall leader, but, despite his resourceful and colourful persona, he seemed overrated in his own outfits. He on the symbol of a Rajasthan-based All-India Hindustani Congress is seen as an also-ran, having failed to attract popular attention at the same time.

In the same way, Keshubhai Patel’s former BJP Chief Minister, Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), largely a Patidar outfit, contested all 182 seats in 2012, won only two, and later merged with the BJP. So the efforts has been made but the result was not fruitful, the BSP, too, has unsuccessfully contested many or all seats but has drawn a blank.

Some other “national” parties, including the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav, have also made poll-time noises only to disappear soon after. A few Independents, too, often win, but they quickly become an unofficial part of the ruling party. Parties include the NCP and Janata Dal, have mostly been content with winning a seat or two in Gujarat, which gives them the status of a “national” party.

At a time when its rivals were the Jan Sangh, the Ram Rajya Parishad and the Socialist Party in 1962, the Congress cornered over 50% votes. Another important outfit, the emergence of Swatantra Party, briefly appeared on the political scene but most of its principal supporters, the Patidars, gradually migrated into the other parties and finally to the BJP.

In 1995, the Janata Dal government, led by Chimanbhai Patel from 1990 to 1995, failed to win a single seat and also lost deposits in 109 of the 116 seats it contested and the Gujarati voters swept away completely the previous ruling party.

So the two-horse race to power is the BJP and the Congress, the only parties that remained in the fray since. These two-party has already put a trend in Gujarat.

Chennai on high alert after heavy rains Forecast, Schools and Colleges shut

Chennai from last few days is witnessing heavy and this will continue for next 24 hours as per the weather forecast, the Tamil Nadu government had declared that schools and colleges in districts – Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram will remain shut today.

After meteorological department predicted that heavy rains will pound the regions till Friday, the education department by keeping the weather update on mind announced the holiday in all the schools, including privately managed institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal regions.

As the met department has forecast heavy rains, having a prediction of cyclone formation over the Bay of Bengal, an alert has been raised by the weather department, Puducherry and its suburbs were lashed by heavy rains today morning, inundating low lying areas and resulting in traffic jams at various points.

Chennai Airport Heavy Rainfall

About 300 low lying areas, has been identified by the Chennai Corporation, which will be prepared to shift people. Other than that 175 relief centres have also been set up, as a preventive measure.

Commuters are complaining about the water stagnation over the area, due to water jam a 30-minute drive took over an hour today.

Dr S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Center told media, “The cyclone formation is in the same place near Sri Lanka. The coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will witness the more rainfall, whereas the interior districts will experience moderate rainfall.”

D. Karthikeyan, Corporation Commissioner, said, “We have identified almost 300 places as low lying areas in Chennai. Drainage is a big issue and if required we can move the people to relief centres. There are over 175 relief centres and necessary requirements are made available now itself. The control room is working round the clock.”

Chennai Road Heavy Rainfall

The updates are as following:

21:29 At suburban Anakaputhur last night after being struck by lightning two persons died, while two more people died in rain-related incidents at Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts.

21:29 Widespread of heavy rains were forecast for Tamil Nadu even tomorrow.

17:57 Nungambakkam received 12 cm and Airport 17 cm in Chennai and both Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts recorded over 10 cm of rain for the period.

17:56 A person lost his life yesterday in Thanjavur district when the mud wall of his hut collapsed under the rain impact.

17:14 In Chennai, normal life of people in parts of Vyasarpadi, Otteri, Tiruvotriyur in North Chennai and Velachery and Madipakkam in South Chennai was disrupted.

17:13 As per the weather forecast rain or thundershowers is likely to occur tomorrow at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places over the State’s interior.

16:37 One rain-related death was reported from Cuddalore district, about 190 km from Chennai. Due to heavy rainfall especially in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu a woman was reported dead when a wall of her home collapsed. Overnight rain has badly affected several parts of the city, as well as areas outside that, have no stormwater drains.”

16:34 In coastal Tamil Nadu the meteorological office has forecast heavy rain in Chennai and “very heavy rainfall”. The heavy spell of the rainfall is expected to continue for next 2-3 days, MeT Director S Balachandran said. He further added that more than 16 places have already recorded very heavy rainfall and 21 places heavy rainfall.

16:33 In Cuddalore district, about 190 km from Chennai, a woman was reportedly dead when a wall of her home collapsed.

New York Truck Attack: Here’s the full story about this brutal attack

On Tuesday afternoon, eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured after a man drove a truck almost a mile down a bike path in Manhattan, banging a school bus, cyclists, and pedestrians. The New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the incident was being learned as an act of terror, “a particularly cowardly act of terror”. Blasio added that a police officer stopped the attacker by shooting him in the stomach.

According to the New York police department (NYPD), the 29-year-old suspect after crashing the school bus, injuring two adults and two children, retired the truck displaying “imitation firearms” and was shot by a policeman. The attacker is in the custody, and a paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered at the scene. The police said that the truck went towards south after entering a pedestrian and bicycle path, where it bashed many people. Six men were declared at the spot on the cycle line and two other people succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. “It is a very painful day in our city,” De Blasio said.

The officials revealed on the condition of anonymity identified Saipov (suspect) as the attacker and said the 29-year-old migrant basically belongs from Uzbekistan. They added that he came to the US legally in 2010 and it is believed that he first lived in Ohio after his arrival. Dilnoza Abdusamatova, an acquaintance, said Saipov temporarily stayed with their family in a Cincinnati suburb at the time of immigrating. “He always used to work. He wouldn’t go to parties or anything. He only used to come home and rest and leave and go back to work,” Abdusamatova told The Cincinnati Enquirer. Seemed a “very good guy”, said Kobiljon Matkorav to The New York Times, a friend who met Saipov in Florida. Mathkorav added that “My kids like him too. He is always playing with them”.