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Gujarat elections: BJP releases third list of 28 candidates

Gujarat elections: BJP releases third list of 28 candidates
20 Nov 2017
  • The BJP has released its third list of 28 candidates for upcoming Gujarat elections.
  • This list includes constituencies to be voted for in the first phase.
  • So far, the BJP has announced 134 candidates for the 182-member assembly.
  • In the latest list, in 15 constituencies, BJP has denied ticket to sitting MLAs on their current seats; of these, three are ministers in current government.

  • After release of first list, spate of resignations followed
    First list
  • BJP released its first list of 70 candidates last week. The first list repeated 49 of its sitting MLAs, 16 new candidates and five former Congress MLAs.
  • However, this was followed by a series of resignations from the party.
  • In Patidar-stronghold Saurashtra, opposition was raised for the Mahuva, Jasdan and Amreli seats, where BJP members quit after their names didn't figure in the list.

  • In BJP's second list of 36 candidates, 19 are new
    Second list
  • Subsequently, BJP released its second list of 36 candidates. There were 19 new faces, while the rest were repeated candidates, including those who lost in the 2012 elections.
  • Nirmala Wadhwani, the state's only woman minister, was dropped. However, heavyweights like home minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja (Vatva) and animal husbandry minister Babu Bokhiria (Porbandar) were included.
  • The list has 13 ST candidates and 2 SC candidates.

  • Winners and losers in BJP's third list
    Third list
  • Now, in the third list, those denied ticket include senior BJP leader Narottam Patel. He declared his wish to not contest elections citing BJP's rule of leaders above 75-years not holding office.
  • Those named include former Gujarat BJP president RC Faldu, former minister Govind Patel, assembly speaker Ramanlal Vora and former finance minister Saurabh Patel, who was dropped from CM Rupani's government.

  • What is the significance of BJP's list?
  • The ministers who have been dropped include Jayanti Kavadia who recently announced his intention of strengthening the party instead of contesting polls.
  • Nanu Vanani, a Patidar, lost his Katargam seat, which has a large OBC-Bakshi Panch population and less Patidars.
  • Former minister Vasuben Trivedi, Anandiben loyalist, also has been denied a ticket.
  • Whether this list satisfies everyone in the BJP remains to be seen.

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