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:
|No||Assembly Constituency||Winning Candidate||Party||Vote||Runner-up Candidate||Party||vote|
|65||Morbi||Amrutiya Kantilal Shivlal||BJP||77386||Brijesh Merja||Congress||74626|
|66||Tankara||Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya|
|BJP||63630||Vadaviya Maganbhai Dhanjibhai|
|67||Wankaner||Pirzada Mahammad Javid Abdulmutalib||Congress||59038||Somani Jitendrabhai Kantilal (Jitu Somani)|
Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: List of BJP, Congress Candidates
|No||Assembly Constituency||BJP Candidate||Congress Candidate|
|65||Morbi||Amrutiya Kantilal Shivlal||Brijesh Merja|
|66||Tankara||Raghvajibhai Gadara||Lalit K Kagathara|
|67||Wankaner||Somani 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.