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Surat, the diamond city in the south of Gujarat, votes on December 1. For any party in Gujarat, winning Surat is important. Multiple factors are at play in this city and the results are often surprising.
As part of the NDTV's election yatra in Gujarat, we have been travelling to various parts of the state. One of our halts was at the crucial south Gujarat city of Surat.
Our assessment, based on our travels in the rural pockets of Rampur, Etawah, Mainpuri, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly and Kanpur Dehat, is that one issue remains a constant - the Bull.
Kasganj, a small town in West-Central Uttar Pradesh, has a unique history. The party that wins Kasganj takes power in Lucknow. Barring aberrations, this has been the tradition for four decades. The town votes in Phase 3 of the UP election on Sunday.
Despite an increase in the number of voters, the polling percentage in the 58 seats was around 60 percent, down 2 percent in comparison to 2017.
Muslims seem to welcome farm leader Rakesh Tikait's assertion that west UP will not fall for a Hindu-Muslim trap. At the same time, they doubt his credentials, given his history of openly supporting the BJP earlier.
At an event in Hardoi in Central Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, an upbeat Akhilesh Yadav who has embarked on a rath yatra for the forthcoming elections, went on and on about the great contributions of "The Iron Man of India" - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Mayawati has a tradition of keeping her strategy classified. So the only reason given by her top aides for the party sitting out crucial elections this week is that participating would distract from the preps for the big state election next year.
Despite senior leaders in Uttar Pradesh conveying their dissatisfaction with Yogi Adityanath to the BJP's decision-makers, the party is clear that the next state election will be contested without any change to his status.