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Congress declares 39 candidates in 5th, 6th lists; Fields Mevani from Vadgam

Congress released two lists of 39 candidates for Gujarat’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, involving Jignesh Mevani from Vadgam constituency.

The party first released its fifth list with six candidates, including Manhar Patel from Botad in place of Ramesh Mer. Later in the evening, it announced a list of 33 candidates, bringing the total number of candidates submitted so far to 142.

The candidates on the fifth list were Jayanti Jerajbhai Patel from Morbi, Jivan Kumbharvadiya from Jamnagar Rural, Chhattarsinh Gunjariya from Dhrangadhra, Mansukhbhai Kalariya from Rajkot West and Divyesh Chavda from Gariadhar.

On the sixth list of 33 candidates, the Congress candidates were Mevani from the seat of Vadgam (SC), Thakor Mohansinh from Mansa, Baldevji Thakor from Kalol, Imran Khedawala from Jamalpur-Khadia, Amit Chavda from Anklav and Bal Kishen Patel from Dabhoi .

Congress released its first list of 43 candidates for the election on Nov. 4.

On November 10, the party released a new list of 46 names. It released a list of seven candidates on Friday, but one was a replacement for the previously announced candidate. The fourth list of nine candidates was released on Saturday.

Congress is seeking to remove the BJP from power in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, where the saffron party has been in power for more than two decades.

The elections for the 182-member Gujarat assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will start on December 8.

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