Several of the BJP MLAs in Gujarat, who have been denied a party ticket to contest the Assembly elections, have started exploring options to fight the polls and Uma Bharti's Bharatiya Janshakti (BJS) seems to have emerged as the favourite platform for them.
The BJP today declared first list of candidates for 75 constituencies for the first phase of Assembly elections on December 11, in which it has dropped 13 sitting MLAs.
Chief Minister Narendra Modi will contest the polls from Maninagar constituency. Wadhwan MLA Dhanraj Kella's (who has been denied a ticket) residence was flooded with his supporters tonight after the news poured in that he has been dropped.
"Thousands of my supporters came to my house tonight and urged me to contest the elections. The support shown by them has given me the strength to fight the elections and I have decided to do that," Kella told PTI.
"I will most probably fight the election on a BJS ticket." Rajkot-I MLA Tapu Limbasiya, also denied a ticket, said many MLAs are likely to fight the polls on BJS platform.
"Uma Bharti's party has decided to field 60 candidates and most of them will be those shown the door by the BJP," Limbasiya said. The dissidence in the ruling BJP will intensify after the announcement of the list, Limbasiya said adding he has decided not to the fight the coming elections, but will support the rebel BJP group.
Mahendra Trivedi, Bhavnagar MLA, who has also been denied ticket, said he will not contest the polls. "I knew I was not going to get ticket this time from the party. I have decided not to contest elections from any other party," Trivedi said.