10 Nov 2022

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022: BJP Releases First List, Five Ministers Among 38 MLAs Denied Tickets

Ahmadabad: The BJP on Thursday released the first list for the candidates for the two-phase elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly to be held on December 1 and 5. 

Out of 180 assembly seats, candidates have been announced for 160 seats. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will contest from Ghatlodhiya. Here against him is Amy Yagnik of Congress. 

Hardik Patel in BJP list: The wife of star cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Rivaba, and Hardik Patel, who switched over from the Congress a few months ago, were among some of the prominent names featured on the BJP first candidate list.

Former CM Vijay Rupani denied ticket: Five Gujarat ministers, including the MLA from Morbi, are among 38 sitting BJP members of the Assembly who have been dropped from the list of 160 candidates.  

The 38 BJP MLAs who have been denied the ticket this time also include former CM Vijay Rupani and seven legislators who were part of his cabinet between 2017 and 2021 as ministers. Rupani and his entire Council of Ministers were replaced by the BJP in September 2021. 

Morbi MLA and minister Brijesh Merja denied ticket: Minister of State for Labour and Employment Brijesh Merja, the legislator from Morbi where a bridge collapse incident last month claimed 135 lives, is among those denied ticket. 

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Nimaben Acharya, who won from Bhuj seat of Kutch district in 2012 and 2017, has also been denied ticket this time. 

Tickets denied to these ministers: From the present cabinet, the BJP has denied tickets to state Parliamentary and Legislative Affairs Minister Rajendra Trivedi, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Pradip Parmar, MoS for Labour and Employment Brijesh Merja, MoS for Transport Arvind Raiyani and MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment RC Makwana. Trivedi was stripped of the crucial revenue portfolio a few months back. 

Ticket to Ravindra Jadeja's wife Rivaba: In Morbi, BJP has cut the ticket of sitting MLA Brijesh. In his place, former MLA Kantilal Amrutia has been given ticket. During the Morbi bridge accident, Kantilal jumped into the Machhu river to save the lives of the people. He also posted a video for the quick rescue. Ravindra Jadeja's wife Rivaba has been given ticket from Jamnagar North.

Tickets given to these leaders who defected from Congress: Pradyuman Singh Jadeja (Abdasa), Kuvarji Bawdia (Jasdan), Jawahar Chavda (Manavdar), Harshad Ribdiya (Visavadar), Bhaga Barad (Talala), Ashwin Kotwal (Khedbrahma), Jitu Chaudhary (Kaprada) have been given tickets from BJP. All these leaders won the elections in 2017 on Congress ticket. Now they are in the fray from BJP.

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