BJP Releases Second List Of Candidates For Gujarat Polls

BJP Releases Second List Of Candidates For Gujarat Polls

Kerry Wise
November 20, 2017

Later the party is said to have provided three options to PAAS and Hardik had provided his feedback to the Congress on the options.

The announcement came after a long meeting with Congress leaders in Gujarat to sort out differences, and also possibly decide on the seats for whichPAAS leaders will contest the Assembly polls on the Congress ticket. A ticket has been given to Mr Hardik Patel's key aide and PAAS nominee Lalit Vasoya from Dhoraji, while the Congress denied a ticket to PAAS' Manoj Panara from Morbi, and instead made a decision to go with its own nominee.

In Ahmedabad, convener of PAAS Dinesh Bambhania, a close aide of Mr. Patel's, told mediapersons that all their demands for a quota and related issues would be met. "Hardik himself will share the details tomorrow, when he will also address a rally in Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's constituency in Rajkot", Mr. Bambhania added.

"We have compromised and agreed on the issues that had been acting as obstacles since the last meeting", ANI quoted Congress's Gujarat unit chief Bharat Singh Solanki, as saying. PAAS convenor Hardik Patel had categorically said that they would extend their support to the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections only if their demands were met. The counting of votes will take place on December 18. The last date for the filing of nominations for the first round is Tuesday. Polling in the hilly state was held on November 9. Voting for the first phase will be held on December 9 while the second phase will go to polls on December 14.

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The BJP has already announced 106 candidates out of the total 182 seats in the two lists that have been released so far.

To a question related to tickets, Bamania said that there was discussion on ticket. When he was quizzed about the formula, the Congress leader refused to divulge anything.

"I have declared it earlier and I am declaring it today as well that I will not fight the Gujarat Assembly elections", Mr Solanki said.