BJP Wins Surat Lok Sabha Seat Unopposed in Gujarat

BJP secures first 2024 Lok Sabha win in Surat, Gujarat, as Congress alleges foul play. The victory sets the tone for a fierce electoral battle in the remaining 25 seats in the state.

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BJP Wins Surat Lok Sabha Seat Unopposed in Gujarat, Kicks Off 'Mission 400+' for 2024

BJP Wins Surat Lok Sabha Seat Unopposed in Gujarat, Kicks Off 'Mission 400+' for 2024

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has secured its first victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, with candidate Mukesh Dalal winning the Surat constituency in Gujarat unopposed. Dalal was declared elected on Monday after the nomination papers of the Congress candidates were rejected due to discrepancies in the signatures of their proposers, and eight other candidates withdrew their candidature.

The Gujarat Congress chief has alleged that the nomination form of the party's candidate, Nilesh Kumbhani, was rejected at the behest of the BJP. The Congress plans to file a petition in the Gujarat High Court against the Returning Officer's decision. "The proposers were kidnapped," the Congress accused, but the Returning Officer stated that the signatures did not appear genuine and the proposers had said they did not sign the forms themselves.

BJP Gujarat chief CR Patil and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel congratulated Dalal, stating that this is the "beginning of the historic victory" of the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat. Patil said, "Surat offered the first lotus to Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi." The lotus is the election symbol of the BJP.

The Surat Lok Sabha seat has traditionally favored the BJP, with the party winning it continuously since 1989. In the 2019 elections, BJP's Darshana Vikram Jardosh secured a decisive victory, garnering over 795,000 votes.

Why this matters: The BJP's unopposed win in Surat is seen as the first step in the party's ambitious 'Mission 400+' strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. It sets the tone for a fierce electoral battle in the remaining 25 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, which will go to polls on May 7, 2024.

With the Surat seat already in the BJP's kitty, the focus now shifts to the high-stakes contests in the other constituencies. The BJP aims to replicate its success across Gujarat and beyond, as it strives to secure a historic mandate in the 2024 general elections. The Congress, on the other hand, has vowed to challenge the Surat result in court and put up a strong fight in the remaining seats.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP's Mukesh Dalal wins Surat LS seat unopposed after Congress candidates' papers rejected.
  • Congress alleges BJP's involvement in rejection of its candidate's nomination papers.
  • BJP sees Surat win as first step in 'Mission 400+' strategy for 2024 LS elections.
  • Surat has traditionally favored BJP, which has won the seat continuously since 1989.
  • Congress vows to challenge Surat result in court and put up a strong fight in remaining seats.