Gujarat Assembly Elections: BJP declares second list of candidates

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A day after the BJP announced its first list of 70 candidates, several voices of resentment are emanating from across the state.

On Friday, the BJP had announced its first list of 70 candidates for the states polls. Instead, a candidate of the Patidar community - which has raised a campaign against the ruling party over a demand for reservation in government jobs and colleges - was chosen.

Besides, the party is yet to clinch a deal with the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) for fielding mutually acceptable candidates.

The names of the candidates were finalised by the BJP Central Election Committee. He was busy on Saturday with AICC secretary Rajiv Satav in giving final touches to the list before it is sent to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul for approval.

Among the prominent names that were announced today included that of chief minister Vijay Rupani who has been renominated from Rajkot West, his deputy Nitin Patel from Mehsana, party president Jitubhai Vaghani from Bhavnagar West and former Superintendent of Police (SP) Chhota Udepur, P.C. Baranda, who had resigned just two days back. In the second list, the BJP has fielded 13 tribal and two Dalit candidates.

Jethabhai Solanki, another senior leader from Saurashtra, also quit the party, perhaps believing that he would be denied a ticket.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday 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. The party repeated Bhushan Bhatt from the Jamalpur-Khadia seat while Jinabhai Dedvariya will contest from Chotila.

There are 36 names in the list of which many are new faces.

In yesterday's list, the gave ticket to industrialist Dhanji Patel, who hails from Surendranagar district. Results will be declared on December 18. He has been nominated from Bhiloda (ST) seat.

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