Ahmedabad, Dec 8: The Assembly election in Morbi, Tankara and Wankaner Vidhan Sabha seats in Morbi district will be held on December 9 in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. While the Morbi and Tankara Assembly seats were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress had bagged Wankaner seat in 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls. The election result of Morbi, Tankara and Wankaner Assembly constituencies will be declared on December 18.

In Morbi, the BJP fielded sitting MLA Amrutiya Kantilal Shivlal, whereas the Congress nominated Brijesh A Merja. Amrutiya Kantilal had won election from Morbi by 2760 votes against Merja in 2012 Gujarat polls.

In Tankara Assembly seat, the BJP replaced sitting MLA Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya and fielded Raghvajibhai Gadara. The Congress nominated Lalit K Kagathara from the seat.

The Wankaner Assembly seat witnessed the electoral battle between sitting Congress MLA Pirzada Mahammad Javid Abdulmutalib and Jitubhai Kantibhai Somani of the BJP. Abdulmutalib had defeated Somani by 5311 votes in 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections.

Gujarat Assembly Election Results 2012:

NoAssembly ConstituencyWinning CandidatePartyVoteRunner-up CandidatePartyvote
65MorbiAmrutiya Kantilal ShivlalBJP77386Brijesh MerjaCongress74626
66TankaraMohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya

 

BJP63630Vadaviya Maganbhai Dhanjibhai

 

Congress48223
67WankanerPirzada Mahammad Javid AbdulmutalibCongress59038Somani Jitendrabhai Kantilal (Jitu Somani)

 

BJP53727

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: List of BJP, Congress Candidates

NoAssembly ConstituencyBJP CandidateCongress Candidate
65MorbiAmrutiya Kantilal ShivlalBrijesh Merja
66TankaraRaghvajibhai GadaraLalit K Kagathara
67WankanerSomani Jitendrabhai Kantilal (Jitu Somani)Pirzada Mahammad Javid Abdulmutalib

The BJP is eyeing a record sixth term in Gujarat, the home-state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the other hand, the Congress, with support from OBC leader Alpesh Thakore and Patidar leader Hardik Patel, hopes to revive its fortune. In 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls, the BJP had bagged 115 seats, while the Congress pocketed 61. However, the grand old party was left with 43 MLAs after over a dozen of its legislators quit the party.