With this, the BJP has declared contestants for 106 out of total 182 seats.
The BJP in Gujarat appears to be on backfoot with the young Patidar leaders rallying against the party and threatening that the entire community might vote against it. These included - Raghavji Patel from Jamnahgar Rural, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jamnagar North, Ramsinh Parmar from Thasra, Mansinh Chauhan from Balasinor and CK Raulji from Godhra assembly seat.
Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani will contest from Rajkot West, while Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel will contest from Mahesana and state party president Jitubhai Vaghani from Bhavnagar West.
The new faces in the list include former IPS officer PC Baranda, who resigned from service two days ago. Incidentally, the central election committee meeting of the BJP on Wednesday had approved candidates for nearly all the constituencies. However, the party has opted to not experiment, as it knows that the risk with a known candidates is less than with a new one.
Besides, the party is yet to clinch a deal with the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) for fielding mutually acceptable candidates.
Mr Paswan told newspersons here that LJP was supporting BJP in Gujarat assembly election and it would not field its candidate in the election.
The proposal given by the Congress has not touched 49 percent reservation for SC, ST and OBC which exists in the state. Kumar has already made a decision to field around 12 candidates in the tribal belt of Gujarat where the JD (U) has traditionally been strong.