BJP should explain low GDP growth in Gujarat: Scindia

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today released the second list of candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat. With this, the party has announced 106 candidates for elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. However, the party has opted to not experiment, as it knows that the risk with a known candidates is less than with a new one. After the list was out, many leaders lodged protests as well as resigned from the party alleging due procedure was not followed while decided the names. In case of difficulties, the list may go to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) convened Monday morning, the sources said. Incidentally, the central election committee meeting of the BJP on Wednesday had approved candidates for nearly all the constituencies. He was busy on Saturday with AICC secretary Rajiv Satav in giving final touches to the list before it is sent to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul for approval.

Earlier on Friday, the party had released the name of 70 candidates.

On Friday, BJP released the named of 70 candidates, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and state party chief Jitu Vaghani.

While Gujarat water resources minister Babubhai Bokhiriya will fight for an Assembly seat from Porbandar, state home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja will contest from his constituency, Vatva.

Jethabhai Solanki, another senior leader from Saurashtra, also quit the party, perhaps believing that he would be denied a ticket. Four women candidates, 16 new candidates, five ex-Congress MLAs who joined BJP recently have been accommodated in this list.

In yesterday's list, the gave ticket to industrialist Dhanji Patel, who hails from Surendranagar district. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18. He has been nominated from Bhiloda (ST) seat.

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