A number of constituencies in the state are likely to see tripartite contest in Lok Sabha elections with Maha Gujarat Janta Party (MJP), a political outfit set up by the former BJP rebels, putting up candidates in as many as 18 constituencies.
The MJP, led by former minister of state for Home, Gordhan Zadafia, has announced five candidates including his candidature from Bhavnagar in Saurashtra where BJP has repeated four time MP and former state BJP president Rajendrasinh Rana.
Apart from Bhavnagar, MJP has put up candidates in Surat, Patan, Amreli, Banaskantha and is likely to announce more candidates on March 31. Traditionally, Gujarat has been a bi-polar state with two mianstream parties BJP and Congress largely occupying the political space in the state.
Since 1991 Lok Sabha polls, BJP has dominated the Lok Sabha polls in the state having won more than 15 of 26 seats in the state.
However, in the last Lok Sabha seats, BJP had suffered a sort of reverse winning only 14 seats, seven less than its previous tally. "We will put up strong candidates who would give tough fight to the BJP and Congress candidates," said MJP president Gordhan Zadafia, adding that main objective of the party is to defeat BJP candidates.