Campaigning ended on Thursday for by-elections to 3 Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies across nine states on September 13 which are expected to be yet another major test of Narendra Modi government's popularity since it assumed power in May.
With over two lakh people in the city facing a flood-like situation as Vishwamitri river is in spate after incessant rains, the civic body here has sought the Army's help to provide food packets to those stranded in inundated residential areas.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha bypolls in Vadodara, pamphlets on 'Love Jihad' warning young girls not to fall in the trap laid by young men of other community to lure them are being discretely distributed in the area.
Over two lakh people in the city are facing a flood-like situation as the Vishwamitri river here has swelled due to incessant rains in catchment areas and inundated residential colonies in its vicinity.
The Congress-NCP alliance in Gujarat seemed to have crumbled with Sharad Pawar-led party announcing probable candidates for by-polls at two Assembly constituencies, and the candidate for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, ahead of the Congress.
The by-elections to the lone Lok Sabha seat and nine Assembly seats in Gujarat next month will be a litmus test for the leadership and acceptance of new Chief Minister Anandi Patel, who was handed over the baton by Narendra Modi after he was elected as Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday quit his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, choosing to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh where the Bharatiya Janata Party recorded a landslide victory bagging 71 of the 80 seats in the recent elections.