Guj polls: Cong fields candidates with 'winnability' factor

Cong fields candidates with winnability factor

"This time we want to form the government and to achieve this party has asked me to contest Assembly elections," he said.

Patel is the only Congress Parliamentarian this time who is contesting Assembly elections for the first time.

In comparison Vitthal Radadia and Kunwarji Bavalia, though both sitting MPs, had won state Assembly seats not only once or twice but five and four times respectively.

This time Radadia is pitted against BJP's Haribhai Patel and Bavalia will fight against BJP's Dr T D Mania.

All three leaders have been expected to translate their share of votes from Lok Sabha elections to at least 15 Congress candidates in their Parliamentary constituencies,

ensuring a win.

Porbandar Lok Sabha constituency consists of seven Assembly seats and Congress has fielded Radadia from Dhoraji and his son Jayesh from Jetpur. Both constituencies are part of Porbandar Lok Sabha constituency.

Kunwarji Bawalia, though hailing from Jasdan in Rajkot district and MP from Rajkot parliamentary seat, has been given ticket for Botad Assembly seat in Bhavnagar district.

"Looking at the large Koli Patel voters in and around Bhavnagar, fielding Bawalia, a Koli Patel himself, is a best way to ensure winnability of seats in this district," said one Congress leader.

However, reacting on the fact that Congress has brought three sitting MPs in the race of MLAs, BJP Vice President Purshottam Rupala said this shows the bankruptcy of leadership in Congress.

"There are plenty of instances where a sitting MLA has been asked to contest Parliamentary elections. But when a political party calls its MP for the Assembly elections it shows that party does not have any other leaders whom it can bank upon," he added.

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