The BJP on Friday had announced the name of an industrialist, Dhanji Patel from Surendranagar district, as its candidate from Wadhwan constituency.
The BJP on Saturday released its second list of 36 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly polls, taking the number of candidates announced so far to 106. The sitting legislator from Kodinar is a prominent dalit face of the party and had won the 2012 elections by a margin of over 63,300 votes. The BJP has a block of 44 sitting MLAs hailing from the Patidar community.
Gujarat goes to poll in two phases on 9 December and 14 December.
The list includes Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who has been nominated from Rajkot West seat, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel (Mehsana), state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani (Bhavnagar West), Revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama (Dholka), Health minister Shankar Chaudhary (Vav), among others.
PM Narendra Modi (left) and BJP President Amit Shah during the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting for state elections at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. After the list was out, many leaders lodged protests as well as resigned from the party alleging due procedure was not followed while decided the names.
The BJP had fielded 16 new faces in the first list. The EC ruling comes as a setback for the party's faction led by senior leader Sharad Yadav who is fighting the coming Assembly polls in Gujarat in an alliance with the Congress. Sources said that Mr Yadav-backed candidates, headed by tribal leader Chotubhai Vasava, will now be contesting the December 9 and 14 Assembly polls as independents or under the Congress symbol.
More so, BJP leaders have not given tickets to sitting party MLAs in at least 7 seats in the second list of candidates.