Gujarat polls: Can Jagruti Pandya uproot BJP from Ellis Bridge?

In a move that can spell a bit of trouble for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the Gujarat Parivartan Party has fielded Jagruti Pandya, wife of slain state home minister Haren Pandya, from the Ellis Bridge constituency in Ahmedabad in the forthcoming Assembly polls.

This nomination assumes significance as Pandya's assassination in 2003 was largely considered to be a political one. Pandya's family went to the extent of blaming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to be behind the killing.

Jagruti Pandya. AFP

The BJP has not lost the Ellis Bridge constituency since 1993. Ironically, the late home minister also represented the constituency.

It is believed that Modi wanted to contest from this constituency in 2002 but Pandya refused to give up the seat. This ultimately led to a political fallout.

Whether Jagruti's nomination will make any difference will be found out on 20 December, the day of counting.

The Gujarat Parivartan Party, which was recently launched by former chief minister and BJP defector Keshubhai Patel, is likely to cause trouble to the saffron party in the Patel dominated region of Saurashtra.

The state is going to polls on 13 and 17 December.

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