Patels, winnability key in BJP's 5th list candidates

Gujarat Assembly Elections: On BJP's 5th List, prominent patidaar leaders and few new faces

BJP releases fifth list of candidates for Gujarat Assembly elections: 13 candidates listed for second phase

So far, the ruling party in Gujarat has named 147 of 182 candidates for the high-stakes election.

Like its earlier four lists, the Patel factor and winnability of the candidates appear to be the sole criteria for the BJP. The first list was released on November 19. They have replaced Amit Thummar, Kiran Thakor, Nilesh Kumbani, Prafulbhai Togadiya, and Manhar Patel, respectively.

By announcing a candidate for the NCP-held seat, the Congress made it clear that it is not interested in an alliance with the NCP, said a senior leader, on condition of anonymity.

On Saturday, BJP released the second list of candidates for 36 constituencies.

The BJP list names Mavji Desai as its candidate from Dhanera seat, Vijay Chakravarti (Vadgam SC), Karshan Solanki (Kadi SC), Raman Patel (Vijapur) and Balrajsinh Chauhan (Dehgam).

Hardik's close aide and PAAS convener for Botad, Dilip Sabva today said since the Congress has chosen D M Patel for the seat, he was now exploring other "options We (Patidars) are working hard since the last two-three years to overthrow the BJP government. We may tap other options now", Sabva told reporters in Botad.

The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat will take place on 9 and 14 December and votes will be counted on 18 December, the same day as the results of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election. The results will be announced on 18 December.

Eighty nine seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, while the remaining 93 seats in central and northern region would go to polls in the second phase.

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