BJP Gains Edge in Surat Lok Sabha Seat as Congress Candidate Disqualified

Mukesh Kumar Dalal of the BJP is set to win the Surat Lok Sabha seat unopposed after eight other candidates, including Congress candidate Nilesh Kumbhani, withdrew their nominations. Kumbhani's nomination was rejected due to signature discrepancies, and he was suspended from the Congress party for six years.

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BJP Gains Edge in Surat Lok Sabha Seat as Congress Candidate Disqualified

BJP Gains Edge in Surat Lok Sabha Seat as Congress Candidate Disqualified

In a significant development, Mukesh Kumar Dalal of theBharatiya Janata Party(BJP) has emerged as the sole candidate for the Surat Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat after eight other contenders, including Congress candidate Nilesh Kumbhani, withdrew their nominations. This marks the first election to the 18th Lok Sabha from Surat.

Why this matters: The disqualification and suspension of the Congress candidate have significant implications for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, as it reflects the shifting political dynamics in Gujarat and may influence the outcome of future elections. This development also raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and the need for stricter verification of nomination papers.

Kumbhani faced rejection of his nomination papers due to signature discrepancies and has been suspended from the Congress party for six years. He has been absent from public view, citing a lack of support from his party members. Kumbhani reached his house in Surat but refused to meet withmedia persons. He later developed health complications and was hospitalized.

The eight candidates who withdrew their nominations on the final day included Pyarelal Bharti of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Abdul Hamid Khan of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Party, and several independent candidates. Their reasons for withdrawal varied, with some citing depression, illness, and lack of support, while others claimed they did not want government money to be wasted on an election.

Independent candidate Bharatbhai Prajapati explained his decision to withdraw, saying, "I thought my form would be rejected, but then it was accepted. I went into depression about how I would contest. Even my blood pressure went down, and I fell ill. My family members then told me to withdraw." Another independent candidate, Kishor Dayani, withdrew after community members and BJP leaders approached him, stating that an election would waste lakhs of rupees if he alone remained in the race.

Rumors suggest that Kumbhani may announce his next political move, including potentially joining the BJP, in the coming days. The disqualification and suspension of the Congress candidate have given a significant advantage to BJP candidate Mukesh Kumar Dalal, who is now poised to secure theSurat Lok Sabha seatunopposed. The developments in Surat reflect the shifting political dynamics in Gujarat as the 2024 Lok Sabha elections approach.

Key Takeaways

  • Mukesh Kumar Dalal (BJP) emerges as sole candidate for Surat Lok Sabha seat.
  • 8 candidates, including Congress' Nilesh Kumbhani, withdraw nominations.
  • Kumbhani's nomination rejected due to signature discrepancies, suspended from Congress.
  • Withdrawn candidates cite depression, illness, lack of support, and waste of govt money.
  • Dalal likely to win Surat seat unopposed, reflecting shifting political dynamics in Gujarat.