The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday released its fifth list of candidates for 12 seats in the Gujarat assembly elections coming up this year. With the new list, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has so far announced the names of 53 candidates for the upcoming elections to 182 parliamentary seats in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state.
The ruling BJP and the opposition Congress have not yet announced the names of their candidates for the elections. Newcomer AAP, which is trying to position itself as the BJP’s main competitor, announced its fourth list of 12 candidates on October 6 and said it would contest elections to all 182 seats in the state.
The candidates’ names last announced on Sunday relate to 12 seats, with four reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (STs) and two for Scheduled Castes (SCs). Of those 12 seats, six are currently held by Congress, five by the BJP and one by the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), the Chhotu Vasava-led group that recently broke its alliance with the AAP.
In releasing the list, AAP Gujarat President Gopal Italia said his party had set an example by announcing the names of candidates well in advance to give them enough time to reach the public.
According to the list, Rajesh Pandoriya is the AAP candidate from Bhuj, Jayantibhai Parnami from Idar, Ashok Gajea from Nikol, Jasvant Thakor from Sabarmati, Sanjay Bhatasna from Tankara, Valjibhai Makwana from Kodinar (SC), Ravjibhai Vaghela from Mahuda, Udeysinh Chauhan from Balasinor , Banabhai Damor from Morva Hadaf (ST), Anil Garasiya from Jhalod (ST), Chaitar Vasava from Dediapada (ST) and Bipin Choudhary from Vyara (ST).
The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi has so far published its list of three candidates – from Danilimda (SC), Jamalpur Khadia and Surat-East.
AAP national convener and Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal has campaigned aggressively in Gujarat, holding rallies and town halls and promising a host of guarantees ahead of the election, including free electricity, better education and health facilities.
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