A total of 81 candidates are running in the by-elections for eight seats in Gujarat to be held on November 3, the Election Commission announced today.
By-elections to the seats of Abdasa, Limbdi, Morbi, Dhari, Gadhada, Karjan, Dang and Kaprada were made necessary after the resignation of the incumbent congressmen.
Monday was the last date for the withdrawal of application forms.
Out of 102 candidacies received by the Electoral Commission for eight seats, 21 forms were withdrawn until Monday, leaving 81 candidates in the fray, according to a statement from the office of the chief electoral officer.
Limbdi has the highest number of 14 candidates, while Kaprada, reserved for candidates from Listed Tribes (ST), has the smallest number of four candidates.
According to the statement, 12 candidates each are vying for the seats in Morbi and Gadhada, followed by 11 in Dhari, 10 in Abdasa and 9 each in Karjan and Dang.
The ruling BJP and opposition Congress candidates are opposed to the eight seats.
The Bharatiya Tribal Party also put forward two candidates – in Dang, which is reserved for candidates from List Tribes, and in Karjan.
Lesser known outfits like Bahujan Maha party, Bahujan Mukti party, Bharatiya Jana Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Rajarya Sabha, All India Majlish-e-Inqulab-e-Millat, Rashtravadi Jana Chetna, Yuva Jan Jagruti, the Vyavastha Pariviartan Party and the Jashtravadi Rankrant. The party also fielded one or two candidates for certain seats.
A total of 51 independents are also in the fray.
The BJP has aligned Pradyumnsinh Jadeja (Abdasa), Kiritsinh Rana (Limbdi), Brijesh Merja (Morbi), JV Kakadiya (Dhari), Atmaram Parmar (Gadhada), Akshay Patel (Karjan), Vijay Patel (Dang) and Jitaphai).
These candidates include five former congressmen who resigned from the opposition party and joined the BJP.
The candidates in Congress for the bypolls are Shantilal Sendhani (Abdasa), Chetan Khachar (Limbdi), Jayantilal Patel (Morbi), Suresh Kotadiya (Dhari), Mohan Solanki (Gadhada), Kiritsinh Jadeja (Karjan), Suryakant Gavit (Dang) and Babubhai Patel (Kaprada).
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