Ahmedabad, Dec 4: The Surat district is set to go to polls on December 9 in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. One of the big and key districts of Gujarat, Surat has 16 Assembly constituencies and is, therefore, one of the areas to watch out for. Being a trade hub, Surat is one district where Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation may play key deciding factors, as is being predicted by poll pundits.
Meanwhile, the Patidar factor will also be one playing out in these polls. With Patidar leader Hardik Patel carrying out a massive road show in Surat, all eyes are on the district. Here is a break down of the constituencies that fall in the Surat district:
Olpad Vidhan Sabha seat
The Olpad seat has been a BJP stronghold since 1990. Before that, it was ruled by the Congress. This election, the Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded the incumbent MLA, Mukeshbhai Zinabhai Patel, who won the election in 2012 by a margin of over 35,000 votes, defeating Congress’s Jayeshkumar Shankerbhai Patel. The Congress has fielded Bakrola Yogendrasinh Chandrasinh this election against Zinabhai Patel. There are 381 polling stations across Olpad. The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Savaliya Mansukhbhai Dhirubhai. Get the results of Olpad Assembly seat here
Mangrol Vidhan Sabha Seat
Mangrol, which went to the BJP after the 2012 polls saw bypolls in 2014, with then sitting MLA Rajeshbhai Naranbhai Chudasama getting elected to Parliament. Congress’s Vaja Babubhai Kalabhai defeated BJP’s Yadav Laxmanbhai Ramabhai in 2014. This election, the Congress has fielded Vasava Nansingbhai Nandariabhai against BJP’s Vasava Ganpatsinh Vestabhai. Get the results of Mangrol Assembly seat here.
Mandvi Vidhan Sabha Seat
The Mandvi seat has also been a BJP stronghold since 1985, except for 2002-2007. In the 2012 election, the BJP’s Chheda Tarachand Jagashi had defeated Congress’s Parmar Kishorsinh Rajendrasinh by about 12,000 votes. This year the BJP has fielded Jadeja Virendrasinh Bahadursinh while Congress has fielded Gohil Shaktishinhji Harishchandrashinji. Get the results of Mandvi Assembly seat here.
Kamrej Vidhan Sabha Seat
The Kamrej seat was in the news because of high drama on the last day of filing of nomination papers. The Congress replaced Nilesh Kumbhani as its candidate in a late night announcement and gave a ticket to Ashok Jirawala. However, Kumbhani went ahead and filed his nomination papers and so did Jirawala. Jirawala has been pitted against BJP’s Zalavadiya Vinubhai Dahyabhai. Get the results of Kamrej Assembly seat here.
Surat East Vidhan Sabha Seat
BJP’s Ranjitbhai Mangubhai Gilitwala has been MLA from Surat city east constituency for 10 years now. However, this election, the BJP has fielded Arvind Shantilal Rana while the Congress has fielded Bharucha Nitinkumar Thakordas. The AAP has fielded Salim Akbarbhai Multani on this seat. Get the results of Surat East Assembly seat here.
Gujarat will go to polls in two phases. Voting for the first phase will take place on December 9 while voting for the second phase will take place on December 14. Counting of votes will take place on December 18 along with results for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.