of voters,” says Pradipsinh Vaghela, state youth BJP chief and from Sanand.
The BJP leads the Congress narrowly, 11-10, in the Sanand taluka panchayat, elections to which were held in 2011. The result marked a fall for the BJP after the Sanand municipality elections of 2007, when it won 27 of 30 seats.
Caste and land have both been at the centre of crimes in Sanand. “Against last year’s 11 cases of community clashes, this year there have been 14 so far,” says N S Malek, inspector of Sanand police station.
There have been so many land disputes that district authorities formed a Special Investigation Team to look into land scams in December 2010. It had received 630 complaints till November 25, registered 44 FIRs and arrested more than four dozen people. Most of the cases relate to Sanand and Bavla. Last year, the Ahmedabad district police sought a separate police station for the Sanand GIDC to handle issues arising out of migration on account of the auto plants.
Voters: 2.07 lakh
(Men 1.09 lakh, women 98,000)
Candidates: Kamabhai Rathod (BJP), Kamsi Patel (Cong), Dharmendra D Patel (GPP)