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Civic body polls: Congress candidate in Rajkot withdraws candidature, others quit the party


Trouble for the Congress seems to be mounting ahead of the civic body polls. Congress leader Harshaba Jadeja has resigned from the party after being not given a ticket for the Rajkot Municipal Corporation elections. Jadeja and her supporters have now joined the BJP.

Meanwhile, the Congress’ ward No 14 candidates have withdrawn the candidature for the seat.

Jadeja said she has worked for the party for years yet she was ignored. She said she had worked even during the pandemic and yet her contribution was overlooked.

Congress Ward no 14 candidate Vijay Jani has withdrawn his candidature. The party meanwhile is in damage control mode as several other workers are believed to be in the process of quitting the party.

Many Congress candidates have been reportedly told to switch off their phones so that they cannot be contacted by BJP leaders and lured into withdrawing their candidature.

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Congress Rajkot leader Ashok Dangar has said that Congress candidates are being harassed by the Crime Branch at the behest of the ruling BJP.

Trouble for Congress

Jamalpur MLA Imran Khedawala had also resigned from the party although GPCC president Amit Chavda has not accepted the resignation. Khedawala is, however, adamant about putting in his papers. The Congress legislator was reportedly unhappy with the party leadership for ignoring local youngsters particularly his workers in the distribution of tickets for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections.

Many NSUI workers who did not get a ticket also began protests outside the party’s office in the city after names for the civic body elections came to be known. They had accused Imran Khedawala and Gyasuddin Sheikh of being biased in ticket distribution. Around 750 NSUI candidates have reportedly resigned from the party.


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