Abdasa, one of the eight seats that will go to polls this November 3 has been a stronghold of Congress. The seat that is dominated by Muslim voters has in the last 40 years voted the Congress to power seven times while BJP managed to win it thrice.
Interestingly, every time a Congress MLA from the seat defected to the BJP, they have always lost it. Congress turncoat MLA Pradyumansinh Jadeja is contesting the seat as a BJP candidate while Shantilal Sanghani is the Congress candidate this time.
In all, there are 10 contestants from the seat including two Independents.
Three Cong MLAs from Abdasa defected to BJP in the past
In the year 2012, Congress’ Chhabil Patel had won the seat beating his nearest rival Jayanti Bhanushali of the BJP. But within two years, Chhabil Patel resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP and contested the bypolls as the Saffron party’s candidate.
Congress put up Shaktisinh Gohil who beat Chhabil Patel in the bypolls. In the year 2017, when the Assembly polls were held, BJP again gave a ticket to Chhabil Patel while Congress’ candidate was Pradyumansinh Jadeja.
The Congress again won. Pradyumansinj Jadeja, however, resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections and then joined the BJP to contest as the party’s candidate.
Thus, since 2012 this is the fourth time that the constituency is going to polls.
So far three Congress candidates who won the Abdasa seat have defected to the BJP. Nimaben Acharya who finished her term as Congress’ Abdasa MLA had later joined the BJP.
Chhabil Patel and Pradyumansinh Jadeja both joined the BJP without completing their term as MLAs.
The seat has 2.34 lakh voters of which 45% are Muslims.
The caste-wise domination on the seat is as follows
- Muslim 65,944
- Dalit 33,425
- Kshatriya 31,832
Dr Shantilal Sanghani, Congress’ candidate this time is a leader of the Kutch Kadva Patidar and has been closely associated with the education sector. He is also a practising doctor and has been a vice-president of the district Congress.
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