Congress MLA from Jamalpur Imran Khedawala has expressed his desire to fight the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections that are scheduled to be held on February 21.
Imran Khedawala who was a former independent councillor in the AMC has claimed that his jumping into the fray will strengthen Congress. He has been a corporator for four terms and in 2017 was elected as the MLA from Jamalpur-Khadia seat.
Congress this time faces severe competition in the civic body polls particularly in Ahmedabad where the Asaduddin Owaisi led AIMIM has also announced that it will compete from at least 15 seats. This is likely to split the Congress vote.
AIMIM is particularly eyeing the Jamalpur area which is a Congress stronghold. Earlier, Muslim leaders in the Congress had said that AIMIM was jumping into the fray to split Congress votes and that it was hand-in-gloves with the BJP.
What Imran Khedawala said
Imran Khedawala said that the voters in Khadia want him to fight the local body polls.
“My candidature can influence voters in Khadia, Behrampura, and Jamalpur. For 45 years, BJP corporators have won from Khadia . If I fight in Khadia the entire panel of Congress will win. The good work I have done as an MLA will help me. If the party gives me the go-ahead, I will fight the AMC elections,” Khedawala said.
The local body elections or civic body polls in Gujarat are scheduled to be held in two phases. In the first phase of the civic body elections on February 21, polls will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the same will be declared on February 23. The last date for filling candidature is February 6 while the last date for withdrawal of nomination in the civic body polls is February 8.
The second phase of civic body polls will be held on February 28 and will cover nagarpalikas, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats.
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