The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday released its second list of nine candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections due later this year.Earlier this month, the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP had announced 10 candidates for the forthcoming polls to the 182-member Assembly in the BJP ruled state.
The AAP nominated Raju Karpada, a well-known farmers’ leader from the Surendranagar district, for the Chotila Assembly seat on Thursday.
Piyush Parmar, an elected member of the Maliya-Hatina taluka panchayat, has been given the ticket from Mangrol seat in Junagadh district, while Nimisha Khunt has been selected for Gondal seat in Rajkot.
Koli community leader from Surat, Prakash Contractor, has been selected for Choryasi seat of the district, while another prominent community leader Vikram Sorani has been given the ticket from Vankaner seat in Morbi.
Retired deputy superintendent of police J J Mewada, the AAP’s prominent Dalit face, has been given the ticket from Asarva seat in Ahmedabad.
Former deputy mayor of Jamnagar and businessman Karsanbhai Karmur has been nominated for Jamnagar-North seat.
For Devgadh-Baria seat in Dahod, the AAP has selected Bharat Vakhla, who is an elected member of the Devgadh-Baria taluka panchayat.
Vipul Sakhia, a local farm rights leader, has been given the ticket from Dhoraji seat in Rajkot, Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister, visited Gujarat four times this month.
During his visit on Tuesday, he promised free and high-quality education for all kids in state government schools, as well as audits of private schools, if the AAP is elected.
During previous trips to Gujarat, Kejriwal had made a number of pre-election promises regarding, among other things, jobs, unemployment benefits, women, and tribals.