Gujarat Assembly polls: BJP on Monday released its sixth list for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing rallies in the poll-bound state. The list comprises 34 candidates. It has been learnt that out of 34 candidates, 12 are from Patidar community. The nominated candidates were Laljibhai Prajapati from Palanpur, Shashikantbhai Pandya from Deesa, Ashokbhai Patel from North Gandhinagar, Lavingji Thakor from Radhanpur, Jainarayanbhai Vyas from Siddhpur and others.
Earlier on November 24, the BJP released its fifth list of 13 candidates. The party released its first list of 70 candidates on November 17 while the second list was released on November 18 which announced the nomination of 36 candidates. The third list of 28 candidates was released on November 20. In the fourth list, the party named only one candidate: Piyushbhai Desai as its candidate from Navsari.
The Congress has also released its third list of 76 candidates for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly election. The party, which has been seeking to dislodge the BJP from power in the western state, earlier announced the names of 86 candidates in two phases. The party, however, could not finalise the names of its candidates in 20 more seats.
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has announced his decision to contest the Gujarat polls from the Vadagam (SC) seat of Banaskantha district as an Independent candidate with outside support of the Congress. The moves come after sitting MLA Manibhai Vaghela said the state Congress asked him not to contest the polls from the seat “as a part of an agreement” with Mevani. Vaghela said the Congress has given an indirect support to Mevani for Vadgam seat, reserved for a Scheduled Caste (SC) candidate.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday accused the Congress of always trying to “degrade” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and creating “hurdles” in his getting the Bharat Ratna. Addressing a gathering at Limbayat Assembly constituency here, Adityanath also claimed that the Congress opposed the proposal put forward by Patel to restore the Somnath temple.
PM Narendra Modi today said that Gujarat election is a contest between trust on the development and dynastic politics. “This ‘son of Gujarat’ has no stains in his public life, people will reject baseless allegations hurled at him,” PM Modi said.
Notably, today is the last date for filing nomination for the second phase of Gujarat polls. The polling for the two-phase elections in the state will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18. The Gujarat Assembly has 182 seats. Eighty-nine seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, while the remaining 93 seats in the central and northern region would go for polls in the second phase.