AAP candidate in Guj withdraws nomination
   Date :17-Nov-2022

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THE Aam Aadmi Party’s Surat East Assembly seat candidate in Gujarat withdrew his nomination on Wednesday, with the AAP alleging that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party pressured him to do so. The BJP, however, denied the charge and asked the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP to “take care of its own house”. Elections for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5 and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8. State AAP president Gopal Italia claimed their Surat East candidate Kanchan Jariwala appeared before the office of the Returning Officer on Wednesday under heavy police protection and surrounded by “BJP goons” to withdraw his candidature under the pressure of the ruling party.
When mediapersons questioned Jariwala, he was hurriedly whisked away by the persons surrounding him.
Italia alleged that Jariwala had gone missing and was allegedly taken to an undisclosed location by the BJP goons who put pressure on him to stay away from the election.
However, Surat city BJP president Niranjan Zanzmera refuted the allegations and said the AAP should instead “take care of its own house.” The BJP has fielded its sitting MLA Arvind Rana from the seat. Talking to reporters in Surat, Italia claimed, “The BJP first wanted to get Jariwala’s nomination invalidated on the last date of the process on Tuesday. When his nomination was accepted, the BJP goons took him to some undisclosed location...We could not find him anywhere until Wednesday morning. His relatives told us that he was put under huge pressure to stay away from the election.” Italia further said the way Jariwala appeared to withdraw his nomination suggested that he was under “huge pressure.”