BJP begins candidate screening process for Gujarat Assembly polls
Observers of the BJP have commenced process of selecting candidates for the two-phase Gujarat Assembly elections by meeting groups of party workers belonging to different areas.
There has been no lobbying for Maninagar seat from where Chief Minister Narendra Modi would be contesting.
In Ahmedabad, former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah and Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel are considered to be main claimants for Ghatlodiya seat which has come up after the delimitation exercise but no representation has been made on behalf of them before the party observers. The decision has been left to the party.
There has been ascertainty about the candidature of Amit Shah who is a main accused in Sorhabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2005 and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case of 2006. He was arrested in Sheikh encounter case in 2010 and was lodged in the jail for a few months before he was released on bail but externed from Gujarat by the Supreme Court. The court recently allowed him to enter the state.
More than 20 aspirantss have staked claim for Sabarmati and Naranpura seats.
For Vejalpur constituency which has come up after the delimitation exercise, former police officer A I Saiyad has staked the claim for a BJP ticket. The constituency has a sizeable Muslim population.
The last date for filing nominations is November 24 for the first phase and November 30 for the second phase.