Gujarat elections: BJP issues second list, names candidates for Congress held seats

BJP Releases Second List Of Candidates For Gujarat Polls

Following speculation that the BJP would drop many sitting ministers and MLAs to overcome high levels of local anti-incumbency and for other factors, like the Patidar reservation stir, in its first list of 70 candidates, the BJP dropped only two sitting MLAs (one woman MLAs's husband was given the ticket) only and repeated all sitting MLAs. Elections in the state will be held in two phases, with 89 Assembly constituencies going to vote on December 9, and 93 on December 14.

The EC on Friday recognised the group led by Kumar as the Janata Dal (United), rejecting the claim of the Sharad Yadav faction over the party's name and election symbol. In case of difficulties, the list may go to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) convened Monday morning, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Congress is still in the process of finalising the names. He was busy on Saturday with AICC secretary Rajiv Satav in giving final touches to the list before it is sent to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul for approval. The BJP has so far released names of 106 out of a total of 182 candidates for the poll-bound state.

Chief minister Vijay Rupani will contest the election from Rajkot (West), and his deputy, Nitin Patel, from Mehsana.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi speaking at a public meeting in GujaratTwitter

In another setback, a prominent leader of the Koli community from Saurashtra and sitting MLA from Kodinar, Jetha Solanki, submitted his resignation from the party.

"My supporting workers of BJP Wadhwan had expressed their desire for me to be fielded from the party for the constituency, including by the people from Dhrangadhra".

More so, BJP leaders have not given tickets to sitting party MLAs in at least 7 seats in the second list of candidates. The election result will be declared on 18 December.

They had supported the BJP during the presidential election and during Congress leader Ahmed Patel's Rajya Sabha election. There are 27 ST reserved and 13 SC reserved seats in the State.




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