Gujarat Assembly polls: BJP suspends seven rebels

Gandhinagar, Nov 20 (IANS) In the poll-bound Gujarat, state BJP Chief C R Patil on Sunday suspended seven rebels from Saurashtra and South Gujarat for filing their nomination as independent candidates.
Party media coordinator Yagnesh Dave said the party has suspended Harsad Vasava (Nandod constituency- Narmada district), Arvindbhai Ladani (Keshod- Junagadh), Chhatrasinh Gunjarsaria (Dhrangadhra – Surendranagar), Ketan Patel (Pardi – Valsad), Bharat Chavda (Rajkot rural – Rajkot), Uday Shah (Veraval – Gir Somnath) and Karan Baraiya from Rajula in Amreli district for anti-party activities.
This time the BJP is facing more revolts on many seats as compared to the Congress, said Dilop Patel, a political analyst.
Madhu Srivastav is contesting from Vaghodia (Vadodara), Dinesh Patel from Padra, Dhavalsinh Zala from Bayad and cooperative leader Mavji Desai from Dhanera.
On many seats, workers are contesting against party candidates like Rajulben Desai has filed nomination from Deesa seat, Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar South, Shankar Chaudhhary from Tharad, V D Zala’s from Himatnagar.
The rebels are calling them parachute candidates and are of the view that the party should have fielded only local candidates.
Some more suspensions are likely this week, as those who are contesting as independent and have not resigned from the the BJP, are likely to face action, said sources.
The ongoing election campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls seems to be reaching its peak as the political parties are putting all efforts to gain the voters’ trust in this crucial election.
For BJP, Gujarat is not just a state but a laboratory and a model on the basis of which, the party separates itself from other political parties in the country, while on the other side, for Congress, which has been continuously losing elections in the state, performing brilliantly in Gujarat seems to be a question of survival this time.
Meanwhile, for AAP spectacular performance in Gujarat is a necessity for strengthening its claim of being an alternative to the Congress at national level.
Obviously, the mandate of the people of Gujarat is expected to have an impact on the assembly elections of many states to be held next year as well as the Lok Sabha elections of 2024. This is the reason why the BJP, which is contesting elections in Gujarat with the aim of forming the government for the seventh consecutive term on the basis of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has chalked out a strategy to field all its Chief Ministers, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in the election campaign.

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