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Gujarat Polls: In BJP’s second list of 36 candidates, Muslims find no place

Gujarat Polls: In BJP’s second list of 36 candidates, Muslims find no place
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah during the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting for state elections, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma (PTI11_15_2017_000137B)

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Saturday released its second list of 36 candidates for the next month’s Gujarat assembly polls.

According to sources, there were 19 new faces while seven sitting MLAs were dropped. Most candidates in the list were those who had lost in the last assembly elections.

There are 13 ST candidates and two SC candidates in the list.

Similar to first list, there was no mention of Muslim candidate in the second list as well.

The party has announced 106 candidates so far for elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday declared its first list of 70 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly polls with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani being nominated to contest from his traditional Rajkot West constituency and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel will contest from Mehsana while state BJP chief Jitubhai Vaghani will contest from Bhavnagar West.

Of the 70, 15 are Patels, 18 OBCs, three SCs and 11 STs.

Five Congress rebels also figured in the list.

Gujarat will have two-phased polls on December 9 and 14. The first phase will cover 89 constituencies in 19 districts, and the second phase 93 seats in 14 districts.

Here is the complete list:

The filing of nominations for the polls began on November 14.

Counting of votes will be taken up along with that of Himachal Pradesh on December 18.

With agencies input