The Gujarat Congress that had been bracing for protests after it announced the names of candidates is already seeing some outcry in Ahmedabad.
Saturday is the last day for filing of nominations and the party has announced the names for the seats. To avoid protests it has personally informed the candidates and given them mandates. They have been asked to be ready to file the nomination.
Congress often resorts to announcing names of candidates at the last moment to avoid protests. Sources in the know said the candidates approved by the high command have been personally informed to be ready to fill the forms.
Some of the candidates for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation include Rajshri Kesri, Ketan Desai, Dinesh Sharma, and Pragya Patel from Chandkheda, Pravin Patel, Manish Patel, Naina Panchal, and Babuben Parmar have been given ticket from Indrapuri ward.
For Bodakdev ward, Nimesh Shah, Viram Desai, Chetan Sharma, and Janki Patel have been announced while for Vejalpur, Mahesh Thakor and Suni Jikar have been announced.
Bapunagar ward will see JD Patel, Suresh Tomar, Jasumit Parmar, and Hetal Panchal as Congress candidates. Kamla Chavda and Kamruddin Pathan have been given tickets from Behrampura ward.
Protests in Congress
Fearing protests, Congress did not release a list of candidates and personally informed them instead. The announcement has resulted in protests and heartburn among party workers.
Many NSUI workers who did not get a ticket also began protests outside the Congress office in the city. They have 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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