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Gujarat Assembly polls: AAP releases 17th list of four candidates

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) unveiled its 17th list of four candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections next month on Tuesday.

Dinesh Thakor of Kheralu, Jayantilal M Patel of Visnagar, Bhaskar Patel of Mansa, and Sandeep Singh Raj of Padra have been nominated by the AAP. Previously, the AAP announced the appointment of Isudan Gadhvi as national joint general secretary and member of the party’s top decision-making body, the national executive.

Gadhvi will run for the Assembly seat of Khambhalia in his native district of Devbhumi Dwarka.
Gadhvi is on the AAP’s National Executive Committee, the party’s top decision-making body.

After a crowdsourcing process in which individuals were requested to give their suggestions to a phone number and an email address until 5 p.m. on November 3, the party revealed their CM face.

On October 29, AAP national convenor Kejriwal began the campaign, inviting people to vote for who they wanted to be the party’s chief ministerial face.

Even before the Punjab Assembly elections, the AAP ran a similar poll in which Bhagwant Mann emerged as the most popular candidate. Mann was elected chief minister by a resounding win for the AAP.

AAP has also released a list of star campaigners for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, in which the party hopes to challenge the ruling BJP.

Big names of the party including Delhi Chief Minister and party’s supremo Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy in the Delhi government Manish Sisodia, and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann are among the star campaigners of the party.

AAP MPs Sanjay Singh and Raghav Chadha also feature in the list of 20 star campaigners for Gujarat where the party is eying to make inroads.

Former cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Harbhajan Singh will also campaign for the party in Gujarat as a star campaigner.

Besides, AAP’s Chief Ministerial candidate in the state Isudan Gadhvi and party’s state president Gopal Italia in Gujarat are also in the list.

Others who feature in the list include Alpesh Kathiria, Yuvraj Jadeja, Manoj Sorathia, Jagmal Vala, Raju Solanki, Praveen Ram, Gauri Desai, Mathur Baldaniya, Ajit Lokhil, Rakesh Hirapara, Baljinder Kaur, Anmol Gagan Mann.

Notably absent from the list are two women ministers from the Punjab administration, Baljinder Kaur and Anmol Gagan Mann.

The elections for the 182-member Assembly will take place in two stages on December 1 and 5. The counting of ballots will take place on December 8, which is also the day of the Himachal Pradesh election results.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has ruled the state for the past 27 years and is seeking a seventh term in government this year.

While the Congress seeks to depose the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also working hard to perform well in the polls.

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