BJP National Chief Amit Shah is contesting from Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar in the April-May National Elections will file the documents on Saturday. He was accompanied by other top leaders and several members of NDA (National Democratic Alliance) at a public meeting.
Mr. Shah is a Rajya Sabha member, will this time be contesting his first Lok Sabha Election. Before filing nomination, the BJP Chief will hold a massive road show and a public meeting in Ahmedabad.
Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh will accompany Mr. Shah for filing his nomination and also in the road show. Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, and Lok Janshakti Party Chief Ram Vilas Paswan were also present at the meet.
A senior BJP leader LK Advani, who was benched by the center-ruling party and has been upset ever since, will not be present at the public meeting.
The presence of top leaders of NDA at the public meeting is being considered as a show of support to Amit Shah and an acknowledgment of him being the second most powerful leader in the alliance after PM Modi.
Today, the 4 km road show will start from Sardar Patel Statue in Naranpura area of Ahmedabad and conclude at Patidar Chowk in Ghatlodia, said Gujarat’s BJP Chief Jitu Vaghani.
Mr. Shah has replaced Mr. Advani as the BJP candidate from Gujarat’s capital, the seat has been representing by him for six-tenure. Mr. Advani had won the seat for the first time by defeating GI Patel of Congress in 1991, by a margin of more than 1.25 lakh votes. In 2014 National Elections, he once again won by 4 lakh votes.
The last date for filing nominations in the upcoming Elections is April 4. Voting for 26-seats in Gujarat will take place on April 23 and the results will be declared on May 23.