BJP releases second list of candidates for Gujarat elections

File pic of Hardik Patel

While the high command has cleared the names of 70 candidates, a formal announcement to this effect would be made only on Sunday.

A day after the BJP announced its first list of 70 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections, resentment built up in the party here, leading to vocal protests as well as resignations by many, including some senior party members.

There are as many as 19 new faces in it while the rest, including those defeated in the 2012 elections, have been repeated. Of the total 89 constituencies that will go to polls in the first phase, the BJP leadership has so far released 31 names.

Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani will contest from Rajkot West, while Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel will contest from Mahesana and state party president Jitubhai Vaghani from Bhavnagar West. Nine sitting MLAs have been denied ticket this time.

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Earlier in the month, the Congress had given three options to the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Sndolan Samiti (PASS) on how reservation will be provided to the Patidar community in educational institutions and government jobs.

"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". Four women candidates, 16 new candidates, five ex-Congress MLAs who joined BJP recently have been accommodated in this list. Incidentally, the central election committee meeting of the BJP on Wednesday had approved candidates for nearly all the constituencies.

In yesterday's list, the gave ticket to industrialist Dhanji Patel, who hails from Surendranagar district. There are 27 ST reserved and 13 SC reserved seats in the State.

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