At least one incumbent MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata party and four former lawmakers have threatened to fight as independents after being denied tickets by the party to the two-stage Gujarat assembly elections to be held on Dec. 1 and 5.
While some of these disgruntled leaders have said they will take their next step after consulting with supporters, former BJP MLA and a well-known tribal face of the party, Harshad Vasava, submitted all his nomination papers on Friday as an independent Nandod (Scheduled Tribe reserved) seat. .
Notably, Harshad Vasava is the president of Gujarat BJP’s Scheduled Tribe Morcha and represented the former Rajpipla seat between 2002 and 2007 and from 2007 to 2012.
Nandod in Narmada district is currently held by Congress. The BJP has Dr. Darshana Deshmukh kicked out of the chair.
Unhappy about the announcement, Harshad Vasava resigned from his position in the BJP and submitted his nomination papers for the Nandod seat on Friday.
“There is an original BJP and a double BJP here. We will expose those who have sidelined dedicated workers and given important posts to newcomers. I have sent my resignation to the party. People in this area know how much work I have done as an MLA between 2002 and 2012,” Vasava told reporters after submitting his nomination as an independent.
In neighboring Vadodara district, an incumbent and two former BJP MLAs face the party after being denied tickets.
Six-time MLA Madhu Shrivastav of Vaghodia, who was denied a ticket, has said he will fight as an independent if his supporters wanted to. The BJP has kicked Ashwin Patel out of the seat.
Another former BJP MLA Dinesh Patel, also known as Dinu Mama from Padra seat in Vadodara district, has also said he would participate independently of the polls. The BJP has given the ticket to Chaitanyasinh Zala. The seat is held by Congress.
In Karjan, former BJP MLA Satish Patel is unhappy after the BJP decided to reinstate incumbent lawmaker Akshay Patel.
Akshay Patel had won a congressional ticket from the seat in 2017, but then joined the BJP in 2020 and won a subsequent poll.
“Everyone knows what Akshay Patel did as MLA. My supporters and cooperative sector leaders of Karjan have asked me to run in this election, even as an independent. I was not consulted before the party decided to give the ticket to Akshay Patel,” said Akshay Patel. satish. Patel told reporters in Karjan.
“In fact, 80 percent of the BJP workers and office holders had recommended my name during the ‘sentence’ exercise. But in the end I was rejected. We would have accepted any other person as a candidate, but BJP workers and local leaders cannot accept Akshay Patel never accept,” he claimed.
During a damage control exercise, the general secretary of state BJP Bhargav Bhatt and the minister of state for Home Harsh Sanghavi visited Vadodara on Saturday and met with local party workers. Bhatt radiated confidence that the BJP will win all the seats from Vadodara.
“We will convince Dinu Mama not to go through with his plans. There is still room. He has always stayed with BJP and we are sure that he will come back. He has not yet submitted his nomination as an independent,” said Bhatt .
Speaking on the matter, Mr. Sanghavi said: “The BJP is like a family and all members of this family are united. We are all one and the BJP will win the elections with the support of the people.” Meanwhile, Arvind Ladani, former BJP MLA of Junagadh’s Keshod seat, announced on Saturday that he would conduct the polls as an independent after the party gave a ticket to current MLA Devabhai Malam.
“People of Keshod are angry because I was denied a ticket from the BJP. People know how much work I have done for Keshod. So people and my supporters have asked me to fight as an independent. I will submit my nomination on November 14” said Mr Ladani, who was an MLA from 2012 to 2017. The BJP has so far named candidates for 166 Assembly segments out of a total of 182.
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