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Gujarat Election 2022: Denied ticket, NCP's lone MLA Kandhal Jadeja resigns, files nomination on SP ticket

Gujarat Election 2022: Big blow to National Congress Party as Kandhal Jadeja was the lone MLA in Gujarat.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Porbandar Published on: November 14, 2022 21:28 IST
NCP MLA contesting on SP ticket
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Gujarat Assembly election: Sharad Pawar-led The Nationalist Congress Party's lone Gujarat MLA Kandhal Jadeja resigned from the party on Monday after being denied a ticket for the upcoming Assembly election.

Hours after deserting NCP, he joined Samajwadi Party and filed a nomination from home turf Kutiyana.

The development comes on the last day of filing of nominations for the first phase of elections scheduled on December 1.89 of the total 182 seats will vote in the first phase, including Kutiyana.

"After resigning from NCP, Jadeja formally joined Akhilesh Yadav-led SP and filed his nomination papers on our mandate," said Ramsevak Sahani, General Secretary, Gujarat unit of Samajwadi Party.

Jadeja told reporters he submitted his nomination papers again on Monday, this time as the SP candidate.

He filed his nomination on November 11 despite not having a mandate from the NCP.

Jadeja won the Kutiyana seat in Porbandar district in the 2012 and 2017 elections as an NCP candidate, but this time the NCP and Congress have forged an alliance and the seat is not part of the electoral understanding between the two parties.

In the last Assembly polls, Jadeja had defeated candidates of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress as the NCP had not allied with the Congress.

In a letter to Gujarat NCP chief Jayant Patel aka Jayant Boskey on Monday, Jadeja said he is resigning from all the party posts and primary membership as he has been denied the ticket this time.

On November 11, the NCP and the Gujarat Congress entered into a pre-poll alliance, as part of which the Sharad Pawar-led party will contest three seats - Umreth in Anand district, Naroda in Ahmedabad and Devgadh Baria in Dahod district - currently held by the BJP.

The same day, Jadeja filed his nomination papers for the Kutiyana seat claiming he had permission to do so from NCP's national vice president Praful Patel.

He had also exuded confidence that he would get the party's mandate afterwards.

After the seat agreement announcement, Congress fielded Natha Odedara from Kutiyana, as the seat was not a part of the alliance.

(PTI input)

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