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BJP’s Alpesh Thakor on nomination, RaGa’s campaign

Prominent OBC leader and BJP’s Gandhinagar candidate Alpesh Thakor, who launched the OBC, SC, ST Ekta Manch ahead of the 2017 assembly elections, will submit his nomination on Thursday and will be joined by Prime Minister Bhupendra Patel.

A relatively safe seat for the BJP, Gandhinagar South, with a sizeable Thakor population, will now witness a three-way battle as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also fielded a candidate.

Thakor, whose election campaign is one of the keenly watched contests in Gandhinagar district, believes that “the meaning of politics is that the people I raised issues for should be taken care of, and the BJP is doing just that Which”. He said he believes the BJP is working to mainstream the backward castes and sections.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be campaigning in Gujarat as he takes a break from his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. Thakor, who started his political stint in the Congress, said Gandhi’s campaign in Gujarat will not matter.

When asked if Gandhi’s campaign could improve Congress’s chances in the polls, Thakor remained unimpressed. ‘He may come, but the Gujarat Congress is fragmented. The leaders of the state congress destroyed the party. It survives thanks to its traditional electorate. The leaders only come out during elections. However, the BJP starts working on a new challenge the next day of the election. Our competition is with Congress, AAP is nowhere. Gujaratis are smart people. They don’t fall for just anyone,” said Thakor, who believes his seat in Gandhinagar has no major development problems as the BJP has worked hard in the area.

“It is not a chair with problems. This is the seat with Infocity, Gift City and Metro, and there’s so much development here. But I will make sure that there are start-ups, education, ponds, digital library in every village and anti-social elements do not hinder any voters,” the BJP candidate promises.

A day before the nomination, Thakor toured the BJP office ‘Kamalam’ and met with the state leaders to discuss, among other things, arrangements for submitting the nomination.

When asked why he did not run this time from Radhanpur, a seat he had won when he first ran in 2017 but then lost in the 2019 by-poll as a BJP candidate, he replies: “Ahmedabad is my home” .

Thakor told News18: “In Radhanpur I had worked so much. People of Radhanpur have realized their mistake and would like to change it. My place is Ahmedabad, but I fought in a seat that was 200 km away from my house. I got so much love from them. I was winning from Radhanpur again, but the leaders decided I had to fight from here.

The BJP leader says there is no competition in this election as the BJP is challenging itself – to do something new and better.

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