The Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) will continue its electoral alliance with the Congress in the bypolls for two Lok Sabha seats and four Assembly seats provided it gets the Dhoraji Assembly seat,state NCP general secretary Jagdishchandra Dafda said. The party had made this clear to the Congress state leadership,he said.
An NCP delegation,that included Dafda,called on state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia and discussed the matter with him a few days ago. The bypolls in these constituencies are to be completed by June 20. State Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said that elections were to be completed within 35 days of the notification and hence there was still enough time for the ECI to declare the bypolls. But the announcements are yet to be made by the Election Commission.
Though it had electoral alliance with the NCP,the Congress fielded its own candidate from Dhoraji under pressure from Vitthal Radadia,who has now crossed over to the BJP. The NCP has decided to field Jamnadas Gedia,who was its candidate in 2007,from Dhoraji.
Modhwadia,when contacted,said that the NCP leaders had called on him and wanted Dhoraji in seat-sharing arrangement. I will discuss the matter with other party leaders before taking any final decision on the issue, he said.
The four constituencies going for the bypolls are Morva Hadaf in Panchamahal,Limbdi in Surendranagar,Dhoraji in Rajkot and Jetpur in Jamnagar. The tribal-majority Morva Hadaf fell vacant after the Congress winner from the seat,Savita Khant,passed away on December 20 last year.
Limbdi seat was vacant when Congress winner from the constituency Somabhai Patel quit to retain his Lok Sabha seat.
Dhoraji and Jetpur seats fell vacant after Radadia and his son resigned from the two seats respectively to join the BJP. The two Lok Sabha seats include Banaskantha and Porbandar.