The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released its second list of candidates for nine constituencies for the Gujarat assembly elections, scheduled for December this year. Three of the nine seats selected by the party to field their candidates in are currently held by Congress. They are Rajkot (East), Palanpur, and Jamnagar (Rural).
Around a month ago the party the party had announced candidates for 11 seats. Party spokesperson Harshil Nayak said that AAP has decided to contest from Gandhinagar (North), Botad, Katargam, Rajkot (East), Surat (East), Karanj, Palanpur, Gandhidham and Jamnagar Rural).
The candidates finalised to contest from these seats are Gunvant Patel (Gandhinagar-North), Jilubhai Bavaliya (Botad), Nagajibhai Ambaliya (Katargam), Ajit Lokhil (Rajkot- East), Salim Multani (Surat-East), Jignesh Mehta (Karanj), Ramesh Nabhani (Palanpur), Govind Danicha (Gandhidham) and Paresh Bhanderi (Jamnagar-Rural), reported PTI.
With this, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has declared the names of candidates for 20 assembly seats out of the total 182 in the state, where elections will be held in two phases on 9 and 14 December. The counting will take place on 18 December, the same day the results for Himachal Pradesh are expected.
Nayak said that the AAP has also replaced its candidate, declared in the first list, for the Bapunagar constituency after receiving complaints against him. Anil Verma, who was the party’s candidate from Bapunagar, has been replaced by Amjad Pathan.
The 11 seats that the AAP had earlier announced to contest are Bapunagar, Unjha, Rajkot (West), Danilimda, Lathi, Chhota Udepur, Padra, Karjan, Pardi, Gondal and Kamrej.
The party has said more candidates may be declared in the coming days even though it may not be contesting on all the 182 seats.
The revelation that the AAP has decided to field candidates on three seats, currently held by Congress, will not go down well with the the latter. Congress had recently attacked the Arvind Kejriwal’s party accusing it of choosing to contest Gujarat elections to help the BJP.
The party had asked why AAP had not contested assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, two states where non-BJP parties were facing anti-incumbency. Several Congress leaders pointed out that while Himachal and Gujarat go to polls together but the AAP had only chosen to contest in Gujarat, where the BJP was facing anti-incumbency.