Isudan Gadhvi, the head of the Gujarat chief of the Aam Aadmi party, will contest the Assembly elections from the Khambhalia seat in his home district of Devbhumi Dwarka, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Chairman Arvind Kejriwal announced , on Sunday.
“Isudan Gadhvi, who for years raised his voice for farmers, unemployed youth, women and businessmen, will contest Jam Khambhalia’s elections! Gujarat will have a new and good prime minister from the holy land of Lord Krishna,” Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.
, , ,व्यापारी के लिए सालों तक आवाज़ गढ़वी जाम खम्भालिया से चुनाव लड़ेंगे ! कृष्ण की पावन भूमि से गुजरात को एक नया और अच्छा मुख्यमंत्री मिलेगा
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) Nov 13, 2022
Gadhvi responded to the tweet, saying: “The trust you and the people of Gujarat have placed in me, I assure you that I will serve the people of Gujarat until my last breath. Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat!”
— Isudan Gadhvi (@isudan_gadhvi) Nov 13, 2022
Gadhvi comes from an agricultural background in the village of Pipaliya in the Dwarka district and belongs to the OBC community which makes up 48 percent of the state’s population. He joined the Aam Aadmi party in 2021.
The popular former TV journalist was named the party’s top ministerial candidate on Nov. 4 based on the result of an AAP poll. The 40-year-old won a whopping 73 percent of the vote and went up against state party leader Gopal Italia, who played a key role in the Patidar community, and general secretary Majoj Sorathiya.
Italia welcomed the announcement and gave “congratulations”. “The people of Khambhaliya will appoint the next Chief Minister of Gujarat with such confidence, so I extend an advanced congratulations to Isudan Bhai,” he said in a tweet.
The AAP has so far announced the names of 175 candidates for the 182-member Gujarat assembly. Khambhalia will go to the polls on December 1, along with 88 other seats in the first stage of Gujarat’s two-stage elections.
The second phase of the polls will take place on December 5 and the vote counting will take place on December 8.
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