New Delhi, Apr 4 : The BJP has named Hasmukh S Patel as party candidate from the prestigious Ahmedabad East parliamentary constituency replacing actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal. Mr Patel represents Amraiwadi assembly segment in the state. However, Amraiwadi assembly segments falls under Ahmedabad West parliamentary constituency. Mr Patel's name was announced by BJP CEC secretary J P Nadda on Wednesday late evening.
Versatile actor Paresh Rawal had announced last week that though he remains loyal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he would not be contesting the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. Hours before the candidates' names were announced on March 23, Mr Rawal had tweeted saying he had informed party leadership months back about his decision to stay away from electoral contest. "I, however, remain a loyal member of BJP and a staunch supporter of Narendra Modi," he had tweeted.
"..... I will not fight even if I get the ticket and I have steadfastly maintained in all my statements and interviews etc that I am not interested in political career. Hope this clears the fog," the noted actor has written in the micro blogging site. For sometime there was speculation that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman could be fielded from Ahmedabad East - however the possibility was ruled out after Ms Sitharaman said last week that she will not contest the polls.
Senior BJP leader Harin Pathak had represented Ahmedabad East as many as seven times. Interestingly, this year's polls in Ahmedabad East will see a contest between two Patidars. As against BJP nominee Hasmukh S Patel, the Congress nominee from the seat is Geeta Patel. Traditionally won by Brahmins, the Ahmedabad East has sizeable Patidar constituency. In the assembly elections in 2017, the BJP picked up most seats from under the parliamentary constituency - Nikol, Gandhinagar South, Naroda, Vatva, Dehgam and Thakkarnagar. The Congress had managed to win just Bapunagar assembly seat. (UNI)