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It's going to be a tough fight between three-time winner and sitting BJP MP Pushpadhan Ghadvi and Congress' Shailendrasinh Jadeja.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bhuj (kutch)
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 09:04 PM IST

Issues like water crisis, lack of development of quake ravaged areas, coupled with recent defection by taluka level Congress workers and a disgruntled MLA who `challenged' party president Sonia Gandhi's `foreign origin', would mark the contest between BJP and Congress for the Lok Sabha polls in Kutch in Gujarat.

However, it is likely to be a tough fight between three-time winner and sitting BJP MP Pushpadhan Ghadvi and Congress candidate Shailendrasinh Jadeja, contesting for the first time.

Jadeja's candidature had apparently fuelled the defection of more than 250 taluka and panchayat level Congress workers, most of whom joined BJP, including Dr Jeetu Acharya, husband of sitting MLA from Anjar Dr Neema Acharya, who had written to Gandhi about the `people's view' on her `foreign origin'.

Neema is, however, yet to leave Congress or be expelled by the high command inspite of Gujarat-incharge Prithviraj Chauhan saying that `diciplinary action would be taken against her'.

Though confidence of victory rings high in the tone of both the rival candidates and among their supporters, ground realities like shortage of water for irrigation in several rural pockets, power tariff in the agriculture sector, pending development of quake ravaged areas and the caste factor would be the deciding factors for 10,00347 electorates.

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