Will not contest Lok Sabha polls, but remain Modi supporter: Paresh Rawalhttps://indianexpress.com/elections/paresh-rawal-actor-mp-wont-contest-lok-sabha-elections-gujarat-bjp-5639720/

Will not contest Lok Sabha polls, but remain Modi supporter: Paresh Rawal

In 2014, the BJP had chosen Rawal over party veteran and former minister of state for defence Harin Pathak for the Ahmedabad (East) ticket.

Rawal had defeated Congress’s Himmatsinh Patel by over 3.26 lakh votes in 2014 when all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat were won by the BJP.

Actor and Ahmedabad (East) MP Paresh Rawal Saturday announced that he will not contest the Lok Sabha elections this time, but will remain a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He tweeted on Saturday: “I request media and friends not to speculate about my nomination. I had informed the party months in advance of my decision to not contest LS (Lok Sabha) elections. I, however, remain a loyal member of BJP and a staunch supporter of @narendramodi”.

In 2014, the BJP had chosen Rawal over party veteran and former minister of state for defence Harin Pathak for the Ahmedabad (East) ticket. Rawal had defeated Congress’s Himmatsinh Patel by over 3.26 lakh votes in 2014 when all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat were won by the BJP.

Now, Pathak is among those seeking a BJP ticket from this constituency, which he represented till 2009.