The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday released its second list of candidates for nine Assembly constituencies that will go to the polls in the first phase on December 9. The party also replaced one of its 11 candidates the names of whom it had announced nearly a month ago.
With this, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has declared the names of candidates for 20 out of the total 182 seats in Gujarat. The names of the nine candidates in the second list are Gunvant Patel for Gandhinagar (North), Jilubhai Bavaliya for Botad, Nagjibhai Ambaliya for Katargam, Ajit Lokhil for Rajkot (East), Salim Multani for Surat (East), Jignesh Mehta for Karanj, Ramesh Nabhani for Palanpur, Govind Danicha for Gandhidham and Paresh Bhanderi for Jamnagar (Rural).
“We are in the process of deciding more candidates,” AAP’s Gujarat election in-charge Gopal Rai told mediapersons after releasing the new list of candidates.
The party said more candidates may be declared in the coming days even though it may not be contesting on all the 182 seats. The AAP also replaced its candidate for Bapunagar. “Anil Verma has been replaced by Amjad Pathan after we received complaints against him,” its spokesperson Harshil Nayak said.
In the first list, released on October 21, the AAP had named its candidates for Bapunagar, Unjha, Rajkot (West), Danilimda, Lathi, Chhota Udepur, Padra, Karjan, Pardi, Gondal and Kamrej Assembly seats. The AAP candidates come from varied backgrounds, including businessmen, educationists, social workers, a former corporator, lawyer and an academician. Of the 20 seats, where AAP has named its candidates, 14 — Bapunagar, Unjha, Rajkot (West), Padra, Karjan, Pardi, Gondal, Kamrej, Gandhinagar (North), Botad, Katargam, Surat (East), Karanj and Gandhidham (SC) — are held by the BJP and remaining six — Danilimda, Chhota Udepur, Rajkot (East), Palanpur and Jamnagar (Rural) — by the Congress.
On the party’s core campaign issues, Rai said that the AAP will make different manifestos for different constituencies. “Every place has its own issues and we want to take that into consideration… We are not like other parties who are talking big and not doing much on the ground. We are doing our door-to-door campaign, and even in distant villages, where our volunteers have not reached, people know about AAP,” Rai said.