Ahmedabad: Disgruntled BJP workers today held a protest at the party’s state unit headquarters in Gandhinagar over the BJP’s choice of candidates for the next month’s Gujarat polls.
The BJP has so far announced 106 candidates out of a total of 182 seats by releasing two lists.
While some workers were angry over renomination of sitting MLAs, others demanded that the newly announced candidates be replaced if the party wanted to avoid “defeat” in the polls, scheduled to be held in two phases next month.
BJP MP from Patan threatened to resign if his son is not given ticket to contest.
Hundreds of party workers from Nandod (ST), Nikol, Naroda, Kheralu and Anklav seats reached the BJP headquarters “Kamalam” to “warn” the BJP of consequences if their demands were not accommodated.
BJP workers and leaders from Kheralu seat in Mehasana, Nikol and Naroda seats in Ahmedabad and from Anklav in Anand district also gathered at the party headquarters.
Some of them even raised slogans against the candidates selected by the BJP and demanded their replacement.
BJP has renominated Bharatsinh Dabhi and Jagdish Panchal, sitting MLAs for Kheralu and Nikol seats respectively, for the polls. Panchal also heads the Ahmedabad city BJP unit.
The BJP has selected Balram Thavani for the Naroda seat, overlooking the claims of sitting BJP MLA and Gujarat minister Nirmala Wadhvani.
The party has fielded Hansakuvarba Raj, a woman, from Anklav seat, currently represented by Congress MLA Amit Chavda.
Angered over Jagdish Panchal’s renomination for Nikol, a Patel-dominated area, several party workers rushed to “Kamalam” with banners demanding his removal.
Youth BJP workers are unhappy with the selection of Balram Thavani, a Sindhi, from Naroda seat currently held by Nirmala Wadhwani, who also belongs to the Sindhi community.
Opposing Hansakuvarba Raj’s candidature from Anklav seat, a BJP leader said she is not known to any party workers in the constituency.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani exuded confidence that BJP workers will start working for the party after venting their anger.
“Though they are protesting against ticket allocation at present, they will get back to work once they are done with venting their anger,” Rupani told reporters in Gandhinagar.
BJP’s election campaign committee chief Kaushik Patel, also exuded confidence that the issues will be sorted soon.
“Some party workers have come here to make a representation. We have listened to them. BJP’s campaign is going in full swing. With the support of party workers and people, we will win over 150 seats,” Patel told reporters at the party headquarters.