Gujarat Assembly polls date likely to be announced today

The dates for the Gujarat Assembly election will be announced by the Election Commission at noon today.

The much-awaited announcement for the high voltage election in the BJP’s stronghold comes against the backdrop of the recent bridge tragedy in Morbi that left 135 people dead.

The BJP, which has been ruling the state for nearly 25 years, is on the backfoot after the aftermath of the bridge collapse revealed glaring lapses, putting the Bhupendra Patel dispensation on a sticky wicket.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), buoyed by its thumping win in Punjab earlier this year, is pushing hard to emerge as a key player in Gujarat’s political landscape.