Gujarat Assembly elections: A Congress seat likely to see disruption in vote distribution | Political Pulse News,The Indian Express

This time Parmer is contesting for a third term, but the constituency is expected to see a disruption in vote distribution as besides BJP, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have fielded its candidates.

In both these elections, Congress veteran Shailesh Parmar won the seat by a comfortable margin — over 14,000 votes in 2012 and 32,000 votes in 2017.

This time Parmer is contesting for a third term, but the constituency is expected to see a disruption in vote distribution as besides BJP, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have fielded its candidates.

AIMIM has fielded a Dalit candidate, Kaushika Parmar, who runs a beauty parlour and AAP has fielded Dinesh Kapadia, a retired engineer at the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB).

Notably, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi had skipped a scheduled campaign address on November 12.  While the party’s Gujarat head had attributed it to a “backache”, some other members in the party had cited a “lacklustre turnout” for Owaisi’s decision to skip the public address.

Kaushika’s public rally had several seats empty and an unenthused crowd. Kaushika has also been forced to take a hiatus from campaign schedule after she suffered a heart attack on November 20. Discharged on November 23, she is yet to resume campaigning.

https://indianexpress.com/article/political-pulse/gujarat-assembly-elections-a-congress-seat-likely-to-see-disruption-in-vote-distribution-8286051/


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