Vadodara, Dec 1 (UNI) Dilubha Chudasama, the two-time BJP MLA from Vadodara rural, who recently resigned from the party to contest the elections as independent following denial of ticket, today withdrew his nomination papers favouring the official nominee Upendrasinh Gohil.
Talking to UNI, the veteran party leader said he withdrew his nominations after a series of negotiations with chief minister Narendra Modi's envoy MP Harin Pathak and the party's Gujarat in-charge Omprakash Mathur during the last 24 hours.
Mr Chudasama, who posed a serious threat to the party's official nominee Upendrasinh's electoral prospect, asserted that he would provide full support to Upendrasinh as all his grievances had been sorted out.
Besides Mr Chudasama, 10 other candidates withdrew their nomination papers on the final day of withdrawal today, leaving a total of 84 candidates, including five women, in the fray for 13 assembly seats in Vadodara district.
Even as three prominent Congress rebels-Jeetsinh Parmar (Padra), Ganpaltinh Solanki (Vadodara rural) and Bhailal Vaishnav (Karjan-sc) withdrew their nominations today, the party still faces strong rebellion in Dabhoi, Padra and Vadoddara city constituencies.
All the 13 constituencies in the district will, however, witness multi-cornered contest with tribal-dominated Jetpur, recording the lowest three candidates, as against the highest 11 candidates for Sayajiganj seat in the city where the Modi government chief whip Jitendra Sukhadia is pitted against Congress nominee Ramesh Prajapati and Gujarat BSP general secretary Nalin Bhatt.