Congress guidelines to hit senior leaders
Congress guidelines to not allot tickets to the candidates who had lost last election with a margin of more than 15,000 votes is expected to hit several senior leaders, including former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin and former leader of opposition Naresh Raval.
The Congress high command took a decision few days ago not to field candidates who had either lost two successive elections or lost with a margin of more than 15,000 votes.
Now the Gujarat Congress has more than 40 candidates who are facing the axe following their dismal performance in previous polls.
Mr Amin and Mr Raval are considered senior leaders but this new guideline could mar their electoral ambitions. Mr Amin had lost Sabarmati assembly consituency by 59,190 votes in 2002 and 7,799 votes from Matar constituency in 2007. Mr Raval lost Vijapur constituency by 26,706 votes in 2002 and Mehsana constituency by 16,309 votes in 2007.
Similarly, Kashmira Nathwani, a senior leader from Saurashtra, lost Rajkot-2 contituency by 8,515 in 2002 and again lost same constituency by 9,885 votes in 2007.