New Delhi: All the political heavyweights are facing tough fight in the Saurashtra region which sends 54 MLAs to the Gujarat Assembly.
Senior leaders from Congress, BJP and GPP are pitted against each other in Jamnagar, Junagarh, Bhavnagar and Porbandar. During the last elections, they had campaigned for their respective party candidates in other constituencies too. But unfavourable political equation restricted them to their own constituencies.
BJP stalwart Purushottam Solanki is contesting from Bhavnagar Rural. Solanki has been assigned to ensure victory of party candidates from adjoining constituencies but he is facing direct fight from Congress Legislative Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil.
Former BJP veteran Keshubhai Patel is trying his luck from Visavadar. Results of Visavadar seat will not only decide the future of GPP but also give a new direction to his political career. Being the party chief, he needs to campaign for his party candidates.
State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia is facing anti-incumbency against the Central government as well as strong opposition from former BJP minister Babubhai Bokhiriya.
Gujarat BJP chief RC Faldu is facing stiff challenge from his own community. Amid the division of votes in Velua Patel, Keshubhai Patel has fielded a candidate belonging to Kadva Patel community making the road to assembly for Faldu difficult. Eight senior BJP ministers are struggling hard to re-seek election.