Gujarat being an industrial state draws millions of migrants from across the country, with many eventually settling down in the state. The state has an estimated migrant population of over a crore, with the majority working in Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara.
The migrant population plays a crucial role in elections and this is exactly the reason why political parties are giving importance to them. Political parties are trying everything possible to woo the migrants which include fielding migrants as candidates in the local body polls scheduled later this month.
The BJP has given tickets to 16 migrants in Ahmedabad. At the same time, Congress has fielded 13 migrants for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation elections.
In Ahmedabad, BJP has expressed confidence in Dinesh Singh Kushwaha from Saraspur, Prakash Gurjar from Bapunagar, Pratima Saxena in Chandkheda, Arun Singh Rajput, Vinod Kumari Chaudhary in Saijpur, Pawan Sharma in Kuberanagar, Omprakash Prajapati in Asarwa, Pratibha Jain in Shahibaug, Harsha Gurjar in Thakkarnagar, Bharat Sargera in Behrampura, Sheetal Daga in Maninagar, Pratibha Dubey in Amraiwadi, Omprakash Bagdi, Meenu Thakur in Odhav, Meera Rajput in Bhaipura and Sushil Kumar Rajput in Vatva.
At the same time, the Congress has expressed confidence in Dinesh Sharma in Chandkheda in Ahmedabad, Rajashri Kesar, Omprakash Tiwari in Sardarnagar, Kirit Mewada in Naroda, Nikul Singh Tomar in Kubernagar, Jagdish Mali in Asarwa, Raju Jain, Mahendra Rajput in Shahibaug, Chetna Sharma in Bodakdev, Suresh Tomar in Bapunagar, Sapna Tomar in Amraiwadi, Priyanka Rajput in Vatva and Raveena Yadav in Ramol-Hathijan.
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