Thursday, 14 December, 2017

With First Gujarat List, BJP Declares Seats It Is Certain Of Winning

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Sammy Stanley | 18 November, 2017, 14:42

Significantly, the party has made a decision to field 16 Patels in the contest, in view of the fact that the party and its government in Gujarat have been facing an agitation by the Patidar community led by young leader Hardik Patel.

"Our list has four women candidates".

The Nationalist Congress Party today said it will contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat next month in alliance with the Congress to oust the 22-year-old BJP regime in the state. "Else, the party has to face massive opposition from PAAS in Gujarat". Vijaybhai Rupani as its candidate from Rajkot West. The 70 names, which were released included 45 candidates, whose constituency will go to polls in the first phase on December 9 and the remaining on December 14, the second phase of polling.

All the five Congress legislators who had switched loyalty and joined the BJP just before the Rajya Sabha polls recently were obliged by the BJP.

Contrary to speculations that many sitting BJP MLAs will be denied tickets this time, the party has dropped only three sitting MLAs.

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Main rival Congress, which is still finalising candidates, has adopted a BJP-like approach in the Gujarat elections, screening candidates through multiple surveys for winnability. "Since we are also talking to JD-U (faction led by Sharad Yadav) and NCP, and the fact that they have also shown interest in an alliance, so the list will be released in a day or two", AICC general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot told reporters after Congress' central election committee meeting. Votes will be counted on December 18 along with those for Himachal Pardesh, where elections were held last week.

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders have given the Congress party a 24-hour deadline to declare their stand on the reservation status for the community.

As the party attempts to mend bridges with the powerful Patel community - its loyalists for many years but upset at not being given reservation in government jobs and colleges - the BJP has named 15 Patels in the list of 70.

On Thursday afternoon, BJP President Amit Shah had summoned party leaders at the state BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar for a meeting, which continued till late night.

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