Gujarat elections: Congress releases 2nd list, replaces nominees in 4 seats
Congress released its second list of 13 candidates for the Gujarat assembly elections.GujaratElection2017 Updated: Nov 21, 2017 08:54 IST
The Congress released second list of 13 candidates for the Gujarat assembly elections late Monday night, replacing candidates in four seats from the previous one following violent protests by workers as well as leaders of Hardik Patel led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).
Seats where candidates have been changed have moderate to heavy presence of Patidars. In the latest list the Congress replaced PAAS member Amit Thummar on Junagadh with Bhikha Joshi, Nilesh Kumbai with Ashok Jirawala on Kamrej, Kiran Thakor with Jaish Patel on Bharuch and Praful Togadiya with Dhiru Gajera on Varachha Road.
While Gajera is a diamond trader and Jirawala is a textile mill owner, Joshi is veteran Congress leader.
The Congress has also brought back former Jamnagar MP Vikram Madam to contest from Khambhalia seat.
On Sunday night, both the PAAS and Congress workers had vandalised some properties in Surat and created ruckus at Congress headquarters in Ahmedabad after two PAAS leaders were included in the first list.
The Sunday night outburst endangered PAAS’s possible alliance arrangement even as Hardik Patel cancelled his Rajkot rally on Monday, where he was expected to announce support for the Congress.
The Congress’ first list of 77 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly election includes senior state leaders Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia.
First Published: Nov 20, 2017 23:50 IST