Ahmedabad: In a bid to portray Surat-born music composer Ismail Darbar as the face of minorities in Gujarat, state’s BJP government is likely to back his name for the Rajya Sabha seat. The elections for the to-be vacant seats (three) will take place on July 22.

Notably, Ahmed Patel, Surendra Patel and Praveen Naik will be completing their Rajya Sabha term on July 18. Hence, D M Patel, Secretary of the state Legislative Assembly has notified the election date for the three seats.

Observers feel that out of the three seats, two will certainly go to the BJP. However, doubts still persist over the final selection as there are at least 35 candidates for the two BJP seats.

According to sources, there will be tough competition among the three contenders including national party spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman, former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah and recently inducted composer in the party, Ismail Darbar.

However, in the recent BJP Parliamentary Board meet, members failed to reach a consensus on the names and it is expected that they will come out with a positive note on July 9. A final decision in this regard will be taken by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Gujarat does not have a face of minorities in the state. Recently, the government tried to promote former Director General of Police (DGP) IK Sayed but that too went in vain as he lost in the municipal elections.
Observers believe that the BJP is working on a strategy to face next year’s Assembly elections and 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

JPN/Bureau