As the principle opposition social gathering within the state didn’t discipline any candidate, two BJP candidates are expected to be declared winners within the elections scheduled for March 1, returning officer C B Pandya mentioned. “BJP’s Dinesh Anavadiya and Ram Mokariya and their two dummy candidates submitted their papers. We haven’t obtained any nominations from Congress,” he mentioned.
In this case, voting is not going to be essential because the dummy candidates are expected to withdraw, Pandya mentioned. The final date for withdrawing nominations is February 22. Anavadiya is the state BJP’s OBC Morcha president, whereas Mokariya runs a courier firm.
The byelections have been necessitated by the demise of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel in November and BJP chief Abhay Bhardwaj in December final yr. The Rajya Sabha phrases of Patel and Bhardwaj have been to finish in August 2023 and June 2026.
Anavadiya has been chosen by the BJP to replenish Patel’s seat, whereas Mokariya will change Bhardwaj. The BJP and Congress have 111 and 65 MLAs within the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, respectively. The Congress didn’t have the numbers to win even one seat as voting was to be carried out individually for the 2 seats.