In the Gujarat elections, the BJP fielded Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, from Jamnagar North, dropping current legislator Dharmendrasinh M Jadeja, who is one of 38 MLAs who have been replaced since the first list of candidates, 160 out of 180, was released today.
Hardik Patel, a Congress import from Viramgram, is also on the ruling party’s list, along with seven other Congress leaders.
In Morbi, where a bridge collapse killed over 130 people two weeks ago, the party has replaced the sitting MLA with a former MLA who reportedly jumped into the river to save some victims.
Bhupendra Patel will run from Ghatlodia.
Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav announced the names in Delhi.
In the first phase on December 1, 84 of the 89 seats will be voted on, and 76 of the 93 seats will be voted on in the second phase on December 5. Himachal Pradesh’s results will also be released on December 8.
Since the BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 27 years, some of its senior leaders have opted out, including former chief minister Vijay Rupani.
Rivaba Jadeja, a mechanical engineer by training, has been building support by touring villages for months.
In 2016, she married Congress veteran Ravindra Jadeja, who is related to Hari Singh Solanki. Taking advantage of the family’s Rajput heritage and ex-royal lineage, she has been an active politician in Jamnagar-Saurashtra.
Pradyuman Jadeja and Ashwin Kotwal are among the seven Congress imports who contested the 2017 elections.
Hardik Patel, the former Working President of Gujarat Congress, was not eligible to run in 2017 due to his age.
BJP’s list was announced the morning after the party poll panel met under the chairmanship of party chief JP Nadda. Attendees included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Shivraj Patil.
AAP has run a high-decibel campaign to become an alternative to the Congress and BJP in Gujarat, the home state of PM Modi and Amit Shah.
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