Hardik Patel, who once caused an earthquake in Gujarat politics with the Patidar movement, can start the electoral journey. BJP may give ticket to Hardik Patel, who was working president of Congress. He can be made a candidate from Viramgam seat. BJP can also make Alpesh Thakor, who campaigned for OBC reservation, a candidate. Like Hardik, Alpesh has also played a small innings in the Congress.
The list of such leaders who have left the Congress and joined the BJP is getting longer, who want a ticket from the saffron party. According to party sources, more than 35 leaders who left the Congress after the 2017 assembly elections and joined the BJP are pressurizing for the ticket. Kunwarji Bawalia is a five-time MLA and Lok Sabha MP. Somabhai Koli Patel has been a Lok Sabha MP from Surendranagar and has been an MLA from Limbdi seat more than once. Brijesh Merja is a strong candidate despite the bridge accident in Morbi. All these leaders have once been big faces of Congress.
If BJP sources are to be believed, the party can give tickets to many leaders who have left the Congress this time. However, cultivating your old leaders while doing so can be extremely challenging. Many rebel leaders of the party have become a headache in Himachal Pradesh. BJP will try that such a situation does not come in Gujarat. The party can also cut the tickets of a large number of old MLAs.
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