It remains to be seen whether the state, as promised, gets to celebrate two Diwalis or not, but the loud din that is greeting the announcement of candidates’ lists for the upcoming elections is nothing less than continuation of Diwali fireworks. Irate party workers of both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have ensured that widespread dissent and flaying tempers at least keep the winter chill at bay, for the time being.
Meanwhile, a wiseman from the Grand Old Party let DNA know that Congress is being discreet for nominating candidates for the 65 seats where it has not announced candidates so far. Saturday is the last day for filing of nominations for the first phase of polling.
While BJP had already announced candidates for 83 out of 87 seats that go to polls in the first phase, Congress is facing a tough time due to the protests. The party could declare candidates for only 22 of the 87 seats. However, in view of outbreak of rebellions at many places after announcement of party candidates, the Congress today chose not to make public the list of candidates for the remaining 65 seats. A Congress leader said that they are now calling the individual candidates discreetly and giving them the party mandate to file the nomination.
“We are not releasing the list to the media. The nominated candidates are being called and handed over the mandate. This is to ensure that ticket aspirants who haven’t been selected will not know about it till the last moment,” said a party official.
The Congress has already seen a spate of resignations from some of its senior leaders including spokesperson Jayantilal Parmar, vice president Girish Parmar, among others. They are protesting the party’s decision to nominate sitting MLA Shailesh Parmar from Danilimda seat.
On Friday, a group of party workers staged protests outside GPCC in support of the two
Earlier, a group of Congress workers from Siddhpur opposed candidature of Balvantsinh Rajput. A few party workers from Sanand also met Congress leaders and alleged injustice to Bharwad community in ticket allocation. In Junagadh, 24 Congress corporators resigned today in support of party leader Girish Kotecha, who has been denied a ticket. While dissidence in Congress is hardly surprising, the BJP too has been hit hard by protests from its leaders.
The chairman and deputy chairman of Veraval taluka panchayat and 15 other councillors resigned from their posts to protest against the decision to repeat MLA Rajshi Jotva from Veraval.
“We were demanding a Koli or Kharva candidate, who is a local. We are opposed to Rajshi Jotva as a candidate,” deputy chairman of Veraval Municipality Ravi Gohel said.
Rebellion is also brewing in Mangrol as convener of BJP’s fisherman cell Velji Masani has been denied ticket. In reserved constituency of Kalavad, Samat Parmar has been denied ticket. There is also resentment among party leaders and workers in Sanand and Viramgam seats. Many BJP workers in Sanand are unhappy with nomination of MLA Kama Rathod, who they consider an outsider, and are demanding a local candidate. Kantaben Thakor, a member of Ahmedabad district panchayat, resigned from her post on Friday.
Kantaben’s husband Kunvarji Thakor was among the ticket seekers from Viramgam seat, but the party nominated sitting MLA Pragji Patel as its candidate. The BJP is also facing protests against nomination of Sangita Patil from Limbayat seat in Surat. Patil was reported to be working for BJP MP from Navsari, CR Patil, and was given the ticked ahead of senior leaders.
After rebellions & slew of resignations, Congress now mandates discreetly by calling up the individual candidates