AAP Gujarat Polls List of Candidates: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on September 7 released its third list of candidates for the upcoming Gujarat elections 2022. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had on August 18 announced the second list which carried nine names, while the first list released on August 2 had named 10 candidates for the polls to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. The latest list contains the names of 10 candidates, taking the tally of candidates announced so far to 29. Elections is the state are slated to be held in December this year in the BJP-ruled state. A formal announcement Election Commission of India regarding the full schedule of the elections is expected in October-November.
Gujarat, which has historically witnessed a bipolar battle between the Congress and the BJP is witnessing a new challenge in the form of the Aam Aadmi Party. Having stormed to power in Punjab, winning 92 of the 117 seats, AAP has now set sight on Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home minister Amit Shah. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been aggressively campaigning in the state, making five visits to the state in the month of August, and a two-day visit in September, promising a host of sops, including free power, education and healthcare.
The third list released on September 7 includes a leader from the fishermen community, a surgeon, a retired mamlatdar (or a revenue officer of a taluka), a chartered accountant, among others. Gujarat AAP president Gopal Italia announced the third list today.
Gujarat elections 2022: Here is the full list of AAP candidates and their constituencies announced so far:
1.Raju Karpada – Chotila
2.Piyush Parmar – Mangrol (Junagadh)
3.Karsanbhai Karmur – Jamnagar North
4.Nimisha Khunt – Gondal
5.Prakashbhai Contractor – Choryasi
6.Vikram Sorani – Wankaner
7.Bharat Vakhala – Devgadhbaria
8.JJ Mevada – Asarwa
9.Vipul Sakhiya – Dhoraji
10.Bhemabhai Choudhary – Deodar
11.Jagmal Vala – Somnath
12.Arjun Rathva – Chhota Udaipur
13.Sagar Rabari – Bechraji
14.Vashram Sagathiya – Rajkor Rural
15.Ram Dhaduk – Kamrej
16.Shivlal Barasia – Rajkot South
17.Sudhir Vaghani – Gariadhar
18.Rajendra Solanki – Bardoli
19.Omprakash Tiwari – Naroda
20.Kailash Gadhvi – Mandvi (Kachchh)
21.Dinesh Kapadia – Danilimda
22.Dr Ramesh Patel – Deesa
23.Lalesh Thakkar – Patan
24.Kalpesh Patel Bholabhai – Vejalpur
25.Vijay Chavda – Savli
26.Bipin Gameti – Khedbrahma
27.Praful Vasava – Nandod
28.Jeevan Jungi – Porbandar
29.Arvind Gamit – Nizar
Among the prominent leaders in the list are Jeevan Jungi who is a fishermen community leader, former Congress spokesperson and businessman Kailash Gadhvi, who was with the Congress for two decades and is now AAP’s treasurer in Gujarat. Ramesh Patel, another prominent name on the latest list is an orthopaedic surgeon, while Lalesh Thakkar is a social worker. Praful Vasava, who had led the Kevadia Bachao Andolan, has been fielded from Nandod.
Among the prominent candidates in the earlier two lists released so far are Gujarat party vice president Bhemabhai Choudhary from the Deodar Assembly seat, Koli community leader from Surat, Prakash Contractor, for Choryasi, prominent community leader Vikram Sorani from Vankaner seat in Morbi have been given tickets. Retired deputy superintendent of police J J Mewada, the AAP’s prominent Dalit face, has been given the ticket from Asarva seat in Ahmedabad, and former deputy mayor of Jamnagar and businessman Karsanbhai Karmur has been nominated for Jamnagar-North seat.