The civic body polls for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s 192 seats in 48 wards is scheduled to be held on February 21. The Congress that has already lost 4 seats due to some or the other reason including withdrawal of candidature now has 188 candidates in the fray.
All parties give tickets to candidates taking into consideration the cast and other equations in each ward.The Congress has 45 OBC candidates, 45 SC candidates, 34 from the Patidars. Other than that, it has given 24 tickets to Muslims, 9 to those from the Hindi-belt, one Christian candidate, 5 Kshatriyas, and 6 Brahmins and Sindhis.
Two candidates each from the Lohana and Adivasi community have also been given a ticket. The Congress has seen a lot of infighting after the candidates were announced with several local leaders and party workers quitting the party alleging that their respective communities were ignored.
The Congress, taking into consideration caste equations gave tickets to two additional SC candidates in addition to those reserved exclusively for them.
As far as BJP is concerned, it has given tickets to 45 OBC candidates, 46 Patidar candidates. Fourteen Brahmin candidates, 12 Jains, and 6 Maldharis have also been given a ticket.
Patidars in civic body polls
Leading members of the Leuva and Kadva sects of the Patidar community had come together in a meeting at Umiya Dham in Unjha of Mehsana district. The meeting that was held before the civic body polls called for the community to unite to have better representation and their interests are not ignored.
Leuva Patidars are influential in the Saurashtra region while Kadvas have sway in north Gujarat. The community said that they had poor representation in politics and government jobs and discussed ways to meet this. They also called for regular meetings to discuss issues affecting the community.
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