Laying to rest all speculations about its candidate for Gandhi Nagar assembly constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday cleared the name of its former Mayor of Jammu, Kavinder Gupta, as its candidate in the area.
His name figured in the fourth list containing the names of 16 candidates for various assembly constituencies in the state. An old BJP leader having association with RSS also, he had been elected a Mayor of Jammu thrice during the municipal elections held from time to time.
Apart from Kavinder Gupta, it also cleared the names of Dr Devinder Manyal for Samba and Thakur Puran Singh in Darhal. While the former had resigned as Block Medical Officer, Purmandal, to join BJP few months ago, Puran Singh had left Congress and joined BJP a few days earlier. The latter was elected to the Legislative Assembly as an independent in 2002 and subsequently inducted as minister in Mufti Sayeed ministry, but he lost the electoral battle when he contested as Congress nominee from the area in 2008.