Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

BJP releases 1st list of candidates for Gujarat election

BJP releases 1st list of candidates for Gujarat election

This despite a preliminary list already being prepared by the party's state unit. In all, the list has sixteen new candidates and four women candidates.

Until now, sitting MLAs and hopefuls were on tenterhooks with no indication from the party leadership on who would be fielded in the polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday released the first list of candidates for upcoming Gujarat Assembly election with less than a month left for the polls. The saffron outfit has renominated 15 ministers in the Rupani Cabinet to contest from their respective constituencies. Five Congress rebels-Raghavji Patel, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, C K Raolji, mansinh Chouhan and Ramsinh Parmar-found mention in the first list. Kotadia was vocal against BJP in the wake of Patidar stir but had voted for BJP candidate during Rajya Sabha polls.

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The BJP has denied renomination to MLAs Varsha Doshi (Wadhwan) and Bhavna Makwana (Mahuva).

After the meeting, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP said though the party has finalised candidates for many seats, it will declare the list at an "appropriate time". Election will be held in 93 assembly constituencies in the second phase on December 14. The results will be announced along with that of Himachal Pradesh on December 18.

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With Patidar, Koli and tribal constituting substantial chunk of the electorates in Gujarat, the BJP appears to have attempted to strike a right balance in ticket distribution in the first list.

The first phase will be held in 89 of the 182 seats and will cover 19 of 33 districts.

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