BJP nominates eight Muslim candidates in Okha municipality

In an obvious bid to woo the sizeable variety of Muslim votes, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated eight candidates from the neighborhood for the October three election to Okha municipality in Devbhumi Dwarka district. This is 2 greater than the earlier election in 2016.

Election to 36 seats of the Okha municipality is because of be held on October three and relying on October 5. Total 85 candidates are within the fray. Besides the BJP and its primary rival Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) can also be contesting from a majority of seats.

“We have tried to give fair representation to all communities. Hence the number of tickets given to Muslims is higher,” stated Pradip Khimani, convener of the municipalities cell of Gujarat BJP.

“In 2016, we had fielded six Muslims and only one had won. Muslims account for almost 80 per cent of voters in ward No. 2 and Ward No. 5… So the party has given one more ticket each for Muslims in those wards,” stated an insider.

This yr, three out of 4 BJP candidates in Ward No.2 are Muslims. Similar is the case in Ward No. 5. The saffron social gathering has fielded one Muslim candidate every in Ward No.three and Ward No.7 additionally. “Ward No.3 and 7 are seats where Muslim voters are the largest electorate group but not as dominant as in Ward No.2 and 5. Therefore, the party has continued with the same strategy as the previous election,” stated a celebration supply.

There are 50,196 registered voters in Okha municipality the place share of Muslim voters is estimated to be round 20,000.

The Congress, alternatively, has already suffered a blow as seven of its candidates withdrew their nomination papers. Hence, the social gathering is contesting solely on 29 seats. Of the 29 left within the fray, 14 are Muslims. It has nominated Muslims on all 4 seats in Ward No.5, three for Ward No.4, two every for Ward No.2 and three, and one every for Ward No.1, 6, and seven.

“We have chosen party candidates with focus on giving opportunity to young faces. Majority of our candidates are below 40 years of age,” Yasin Gajjan, president of Devbhumi Dwarka district unit of the Congress, stated.

Okha municipality includes port city Okha, Bet Dwarka—the island off Okha and Arambhda and Surajkaradi villages. In 2016, BJP had gained 20 seats whereas Congress had gained 16.