The BJP announced candidates for the six municipal corporation elections. But the name of one candidate- Hitesh Barot- has got BJP circles abuzz as he has been part of home minister Amit Shah’s Core Committee team for years.
Hitesh Barot has been given a ticket from the Thaltej ward and the buzz is that he may be made mayor of the city if BJP comes to power. Barot is also the director of the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and the Gujarat State Co-operative Bank.
BJP is abuzz
Barot being given a ticket by the BJP and brought into mainstream politics has taken the local leaders and workers by surprise. He has been active in the co-operative bank sector as well as in the agricultural committees.
Despite his close association with the BJP, he has never been part of active mainstream politics but now the buzz is that he may be the mayoral candidate of the BJP if it comes to power.
Barot had got into a controversy two years ago when he had shared an edited picture during Amit Shah’s birthday celebrations. The picture had shown PM Modi as Arjun and Amit Shah as Lord Krishna. This had created a big controversy in Gujarat.
The BJP has repeated only 36 of the 142 corporators who had won the AMC elections last time. Of the 36 corporators who have been repeated 35, have been repeated in the same ward from which they had won.
Sarkhej ward’s corporator Arvind Parmar although repeated will now contest from Jodhpur ward as per the list released by the BJP for the AMC polls.
The prominent AMC leaders who have not got a ticket include former mayor Bijal Patel, former AMC chairman Gautam Patel, Meenaxi Patel, and former Vasna ward corporator and mayor Amit Shah.
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