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The Congress is expected to give tickets to all its 64 MPs from their respective constituencies in the upcoming Gujarat elections as it will be like the final of a cricket match for the party, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Sukhram Rathwa said on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters, Rathwa said the party is expected to release its first list of candidates by September 15 after its senior leader Rahul Gandhi addresses workers and legislators in Gujarat on September 5.
“Ahead of the 2022 Gujarat assembly elections, both the Congress and the BJP are working to release the names of the candidates. As the leader of the opposition, I am responsible for ensuring that all the 64 MPs, including me, who raised the voice of the common people in the assembly, get tickets this time,” Ratwa said.
Adding that the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) and the All India Congress Committee (AICC) were appreciating the performance of the MLAs, he said, “I am sure that all the 64 MLAs will come together and contest the elections again, that is my responsibility… For us, the 2022 elections year will be like the last and last cricket match.
According to party sources, the move is seen as a reward for the loyalty shown by Congress legislators in the last five years. In the 2017 Gujarat elections, the Congress won 77 seats, its best performance in two decades. However, several Congress MLAs quit the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the party’s seats were reduced to 64 after the by-elections.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi attacked the ruling BJP government in Gujarat, alleging that 67 percent of the funds allocated for the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao (Save the Girl Child, Educate the Girl Child) scheme remained unutilized.
“The BJP government has named the slogan Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, but statistics show that the number of girls studying in class 10 is decreasing. In the last five years, 67 percent of the funds allocated for the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign in Gujarat have not been utilized,” said Doshi.