Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday filed nomination for Gujarat Assembly Elections in Rajkot.
Considered as a BJP stronghold, the constituency has become a close battle this time after Congress party fielded political heavyweight Indranil Rajguru against Rupani.
Ahead of filing his papers, Rupani visited various temples and offered prayers. He also addressed a huge public meeting at Bahumali Bhavan.
Leaving to file my nomination papers from Rajkot (West). Overwhelmed with the good wishes from all. Gujarat is proud to carry on the legacy of good governance started by PM Shri @narendramodi. I am confident that people of Gujarat will shower their love once again.— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) November 20, 2017
Winning Rajkot West is a matter of prestige, both for the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. With more than three lakh voters, it is the largest constituency in the Saurashtra region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Rupani and conveyed his wishes to the chief minister.
The Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi Ji called up to convey best wishes as I file my nomination papers. Thank you very much Sir. You have always been a source of inspiration and strength. Your words mean a lot to me. Thanks again for your best wishes.— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) November 20, 2017
Patidars and Brahmin form an important chunk of voters and will play an important role in Rajkot West, which will go to polls in the second phase on December 14.
Results are scheduled to be announced on December 18.