Vajubhai Vala, 6 BJP ministers in fray from Saurashtra region
Veteran finance minister Vajubhai Vala and six BJP ministers are contesting the December 13 Gujarat Assembly elections from Saurashtra region which sends 52 MLAs to the legislature.
They are facing local issues including most important problem of water and to some extent delimitation of the area as the Election Commission has redrawn 60 of the 182 constituencies.
The delimitation exercise has changed the equations at the ground level.
Moreover, two senior ministers of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi are facing serious corruption charges. Agriculture and cooperatives minister Dilip Sanghani is facing charges of grabbing government land worth about Rs 500 crore in his constituency, Amreli.
Junior fisheries minister Purushottam Solanki is allegedly involved in a Rs 400 crore scam in awarding state fisheries contracts.
Koli (fishermen) community leader Solanki is contesting this time from Bhavnagar Rural. He had earlier been elected from Ghogha, also in Bhavnagar district. Solanki has to face Congress nominee Shaktisinh Gohil who was opposition leader in the assembly.
Mr Vala, who is contesting the elections seventh time from Rajkot, is facing local problems including delimitation of the constituency area. In the 2007 elections, Mr Vala was elected with a margin of less than 10,000 votes against the Congress candidate Kashmira Nathwani.
This time, the Congress has pitted young Atul Rajani of Lohana caste against Mr Vala.
Rajani is opposition leader in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation.
In a triangular contest, the finance minister also faces Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP)'s Jaydeep Makadia.