The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Tuesday released names of 38 candidates from 10 wards of Ahmedabad municipal corporation which will go to polls on February 21. This comes a day after the party declared its first list of 142 candidates from the five other civic corporations of Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.
The 10 wards — Gota, Thaltej, Chandlodiya, Ranip, Nava Vadaj, Naroda, Vasna, Naranpura, Navrangpura and Ghatlodiya – are located in the western parts of Ahmedabad city. The party is yet to announce the names of candidates for the eastern walled city areas.
“Not a single candidate has been repeated as no one among the 38 candidates is a sitting corporator. At least 70 per cent are new faces,” GPCC spokesperson Manish Doshi said. Candidates for the remaining wards would be declared in the coming days, he said.
A group of women workers of the Congress Tuesday staged a protest at the local party office after Jalpa Gohel was named as a candidate from ward No 1 of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC). Ashok Dangar, the president of the party’s Rakot city unit, pacified the agitators. “A group of women supporting Harshaba Jadeja came to our office to make a representation against Gohel’s nomination. They were claiming that Jadeja, the vice-president of Congress’s women’s wing for Ward No 1 was a deserving candidate. But I told them that the party had already taken a decision. They said they would like to meet the state party president and sought my help in seeking an appointment with him which I agreed to do,” Dangar said.
Gohel was among the 22 candidates whose name was declared by the party late Monday evening for the RMC elections. Gohel is a Congress worker and does not hold any party position, Dangar said.