Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Seven Dalits Feature in Congress’ First List of Candidates

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Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Seven Dalits Feature in Congress’ First List of Candidates

Dalits were enraged after a group of four persons was flocked publicly for skinning a dead cow in Una. The incident had sparked a series of protests in political significant Saurashtra region. Prominent Young leader Jignesh Mevani had also said he will appeal the Dalit community to not to cast their votes in Bharatiya Janata Party.

Ahmedabad, Nov 19: The Congress on Sunday released its first list of candidates for Gujarat assembly elections. In order to mobilise Dalits in their court, Congress has given tickets to 7 Scheduled Caste candidates in this list. While Dalit leader Kishorbhai G. Pingol will be contesting the Gandhidham seat, it has chosen Pravinbhai N. Muchhadiya for Kalavad seat.

Dalits were enraged after four persons were flocked publicly for skinning a dead cow in Una earlier this year. The incident sparked a series of protests in political significant Saurashtra region. Prominent Young leader Jignesh Mevani had also said he will appeal the Dalit community to not cast their votes in Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Since Una (incident), we launched numerous agitations and submitted memorandums. Despite this, the thick-skinned BJP government, which is not only anti-Dalit but also anti-people, has not considered even one demand of our community. They have not even bothered to even to talk to us,” Mevani said.

List of Dalit Candidates

Gandhidham – SC Kishorbhai G. Pingol
Dasada – SC Naushadji B Solanki
Rajkot Rural  – SC Vashram A. Sangathia
Kalavad – SC Pravinbhai N. Muchhadiya
Kodinar – SC Mohanbhai M. Vala
Gadhada – SC Praveen Maru
Bardoli – SC Tarunkumar J. Vaghela

In 2012 Gujarat Assembly Elections, Congress won 57 out of 182 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered victory on 119 seats. It was left with only 43 MLAs after over dozen of them defected.

The Congress, which has been out of power in the key western state for over 22 years now, has been trying hard to increase its tally in the state.

The last date of filing nominations for the first phase of polls in Gujarat is November 21. Voting for the first phase will be held on December 9 while the second phase will go to polls on December 14. The counting of votes will take place on December 18.