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Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

BJP releases 1st list of candidates for Gujarat election

BJP releases 1st list of candidates for Gujarat election

The list also indicates an attempt to instill confidence among the state BJP leadership as 15 ministers from the cabinet of Vijay Ruapni have been nominated on their respective seats to seek re-election.

On Friday, Dinesh Bambhania, Manoj Panara, Lalit Vasoya and Kirit Patel of the PAAS held meetings with senior Congress leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel and national general secretary and Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.

Rupani, who was appointed CM in August 2016, served as mayor of Rajkot in 1996. In the bypoll three years ago, Rupani won the seat with an impressive margin of over 23,000 votes. The BJP workers often use this comparison for their leader Narendra Modi.

In a major blow to Patidar quota stir head Hardik Patel, his former close aide Chirag Patel on Thursday joined the ruling BJP in the presence of Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel in Ahmedabad. The BJP state president Jitu Vakhani would be contesting from Bhavnagar West.

Reports say that BJP has given tickets to 17 Patidars, most of the sitting MLAs have been repeated in the first list.

In all, the BJP has renominated 49 candidates and fielded 16 new faces. Former Congress leader CK Raulji, who recently switched over to the BJP, got a ticket from Godhra. In 2012, Sanghani had contested from Amreli constituency and lost to Congress's Paresh Dhanani. Interestingly, BJP has fielded its heavyweight candidate Dilip Sanghani from Dhari constituency, which is now represented by Nalin Kotadia, who had contested under the banner of Gujarat Parivartan Party floated by Keshubhai Patel and had become a part of BJP after GPP's merger with the same.

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