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                                               STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2022

         AAP to unleash star campaigners in Gujarat

                as BJP releases list of its top candidates

          Hardik Patel, who was the former working president of Gujarat Congress and joined BJP in the month of June,

                        is on the list of 160 BJP candidates and will be contesting from Viramgam constituency

        OUR BUREAU                                                                                            campaigners for Gujarat where the
                                                                                                              party is eying to make inroads.
                                                                                                                  Former cricketer and Rajya
              he Bharatiya Janata Party                                                                       Sabha MP from Punjab Harbhajan
              (BJP) on Thursday announced                                                                     Singh will also campaign for the par-
        Tthe  first  list  of  candidates  for                                                                ty in Gujarat as a star campaigner.
        160 candidates out of the 182 con-                                                                        Besides, AAP’s Chief Minis-
        stituencies, which includes 14 female                                                                 terial candidate in the state Isudan
        candidates for the upcoming Gujarat                                                                   Gadhvi and party’s state president
        Assembly elections. With the Assem-                                                                   Gopal Italia in Gujarat are also in
        bly elections scheduled for December                                                                  the list.
        1 and 5 in the State, the BJP leaders
        in a press conference held in Delhi                                                                   Earlier on Tuesday, the  Aam
        announced this first list on the major-
        ity of the constituencies.                                                                            Aadmi Party (AAP) released
                                                                                                              its sixth list of 20 candidates
        The list of 160 candidates in-                                                                        for the Gujarat Assembly elec-

        cludes 14 females, 13 from                                                                            tions. So far, Aam Aadmi Party
        scheduled caste, 24 from the                                                                          has announced 73 candidates
        scheduled tribe and there are                                                                         for Gujarat.
        69 candidates who have been
                                                                                                                  Earlier  on  November  4,  the
        repeated. Rivaba Jadeja, wife                                                                         AAP government announced Isu-
        of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja                                                                          dan Gadhvi, the party’s National
        has also been given a ticket by    Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal waves to   Joint General Secretary as its chief
                                                                                                              ministerial candidate for the up-
        BJP from Jamnagar North Con-       the supporters during a roadshow ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, in Junagadh on   coming Gujarat Assembly elections.

        stituency.                                                 Tuesday. (ANI Photo)                       The party made this announcement
                                                                                                              following a crowdsourcing campaign
                                          160 candidates and will be contest-  counting of votes will occur on De-  under which the people of the state
            It is the first time that three fe-  ing from Viramgam constituency.   cember 8, which coincides with Hi-  could give their opinion on a num-
        male candidates have been given   Patel spearheaded the patidar reser-  machal Pradesh’s result date.  ber and an email ID shared by the
        tickets from Ahmedabad (Thakkar-  vation agitation in Gujarat in 2015.  While Congress is seeking to   party until 5 pm, November 3.
        bapa Nagar, Asarwa and Naroda).       Other  Congress  leaders  who   oust  the  BJP,  Aam  Aadmi  Party   Delhi Chief Minister and AAP
        Gujarat Chief Minister will be con-  joined BJP from Congress in the   (AAP) is also making efforts to put   national convenor Arvind Kejriwal
        testing from the Ghatlodia constitu-  past like Jawahar Chavda (he was   up a strong performance in the polls.   launched the campaign on October
        ency and the celebrations started at   also the cabinet minister in Vijay   The Aam Aadmi Party on Tues-  29 asking people whom they wanted
        his office in Ahmedabad as soon as   Rupani’s ministry), Ashvin Kotwal   day released a list of star campaign-  as their chief ministerial candidate.
        his name was announced.           and Pradyumansinh Jadeja have     ers for the upcoming Assembly polls   Meanwhile, in another jolt to
            Senior BJP leaders  like  Vijay   been given tickets from Manavadar,   in Gujarat where the party is look-  Congress ahead of the Assembly
        Rupani, Bhupendrasinh Chudasa-    Khedbrahma and Abdasa constitu-   ing to take on the ruling BJP. Big   elections in Gujarat, party MLA
        ma, Nitin Patel and Pradipsinh Jade-  encies respectively.          names of the party including Delhi   from Jhalod Bhavesh Katara sub-
        ja on Wednesday night stated they     BJP is in power in the state from   Chief Minister and party’s supre-  mitted his resignation to Speaker
        do not want to contest the elections   the last 27 years and is considered as   mo Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy in   Nimaben Acharya on Wednesday.
        and have also conveyed the same to   BJP bastion.                   the Delhi government Manish Si-   He is the second leader to resign
        the higher authorities in Delhi.      Gujarat has been the BJP bas-  sodia, and Punjab Chief Minister   on the same day. Earlier, Congress
            Hardik Patel, who was the for-  tion for decades and the party is   Bhagwant Mann are among the star   MLA from Talala constituency in
        mer working president of Gujarat   seeking its seventh term in office.  campaigners of the party. AAP MPs   Gujarat, Bhagvanbhai D Barad, ten-
        Congress and joined BJP in the        The elections will be held in two   Sanjay Singh and Raghav Chadha   dered his resignation from all posts
        month of June is also on the list of   phases on December 1 and 5. The   also feature in the list of 20-star   of INC to Dr Nimaben Acharya.

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