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Gujarat Elections: Several BJP rebels decide to contest state assembly elections as independent candidates

The BJP has to face backlash from its own members over giving tickets to those who joined the party from the Congress. Therefore, several BJP rebels have been contesting the forthcoming elections as independent candidates.

By wasmulhaq 
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Ahmedabad: Gujarat assembly elections are inching closer, and the ruling BJP is seeking to retain power for the seventh consecutive time. However, the saffron party has to face backlash from its own members over giving tickets to those who joined the party from the Congress. Therefore, several BJP rebels have been contesting the forthcoming elections as independent candidates.

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Former BJP MLAs Harshad Vasava and Arvind Ladani are set to contest as independents from Nandod and Keshod, respectively. Twelve suspended BJP rebels, including former MLA Madhu Shrivastav, are fighting as independent candidates.

The rebels have created some anxiety in the camp of the BJP because they may cut some crucial votes from their former party in the triangular contest involving the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The rebels are a worry for the saffron party in such constituencies where the victory margin was low in the previous 2017 assembly polls.

The BJP had earlier removed Chief Minister Rupani and his entire Cabinet to overcome anti-incumbency.

Urban and semi-urban areas of Gujarat are the stronghold of the BJP. The AAP has been working round the clock to dent the BJP’s hope in such constituencies. Out of 182 seats in the state, 84 are considered either semi-urban or urban, while 98 are rural. In the 2017 polls, the BJP emerged victorious in 64 out of 84 seats in urban Gujarat.

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The AAP has been enticing the voters to provide free electricity, healthcare, and education, apart from this monthly stipend, to the unemployed and women as well.

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