Gujarat Chunavi Dangal: Internal squabbling continues to haunt BJP in Gujarat, party suspends 7 leaders

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The action was taken as they have filed nominations as independent candidates. The BJP has, so far, denied tickets to 42 sitting legislators. In the first list comprising 160, the party has dropped 38 sitting law-makers. Former chief minister Vijay Rupani and former deputy chief minister Nitin Patel were denied tickets.

Gandhinagar: Internal squabbling in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat came to the fore on Sunday when the party suspended seven leaders who filed nomination as independent candidates. The party denied tickets to these leaders.

Those who have been suspended include Harshad Vasava from Nandod in Narmada district. Similarly, Arvind Ladani who has been seeking tickets from Keshod Junagadh has also been suspended. The other suspended leaders are Chattrasingh Gunjaria from Dhangadra from Surendranagar, Ketan Bhai Patel from Paradi in Valsad, Bharati Bhai Chavda from Rajkot rural, Uday Bhai Shah from Verava in Gir Somnath district and Karan Bhai Baraiya who sought tickets from Amrelik’s Rajula, sources said.

The BJP has denied tickets to 42 sitting legislators. In the first list comprising 160, the party has dropped 38 sitting law-makers. Former chief minister Vijay Rupani and former deputy chief minister Nitin Patel were denied tickets. In the 182-member House, the BJP won 99 seats in the last assembly elections.

The party has been in power for the last 27 years with Narendra Modi being the longest-serving chief minister of the state before being elected the Prime Minister in 2014. The BJP has been in power for the past 27 years. The BJP is trying to win the largest number of seats, say 140 this year. The elections will be held in two phases – on December 1 and on December 5 and the counting will be held on December 8.

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