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Gujarat Assembly Elections: BJP's 5th List Causes Domestic Strife for Panchmahal MP

While Prabhatsinh Chauhan had been lobbying hard for a ticket from the Kalol Assembly seat for his wife Rangeshwari Chauhan, the party sprung him a surprise by nominating his daughter-in-law Suman Chauhan instead.

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com

Updated:November 24, 2017, 4:57 PM IST
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Gujarat Assembly Elections: BJP's 5th List Causes Domestic Strife for Panchmahal MP
Suman Pravinsinh Chauhan, BJP Candidate from Kalol Assembly Constituency.
Ahmedabad: The BJP fifth list of candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls which was released on Friday has caused domestic strife for its Member of Parliament from Panchmahal, Prabhatsinh Chauhan.

While Chauhan had been lobbying hard for a ticket from the Kalol Assembly seat for his wife Rangeshwari Chauhan, the party sprung him a surprise by nominating his daughter-in-law Suman Chauhan instead.

The list features the names of thirteen candidates and pertains to seats that go polls in the second phase of elections on December 14.

Rangeshwari wrote a scathing Facebook post following the list and accused her stepson Pravinsinh Chauhan, Suman’s husband, of being a “bootlegger selling illegal alcohol” in the dry state of Gujarat.

For the last one month, before the candidates for the second phase of polling were announced, Chauhan had been speaking in favour of his wife Rangeshwari getting a ticket, both inside and outside the party forum. He had reportedly issued an open threat to the BJP that he would have his wife contest as an independent candidate and ensure that the BJP candidate loses.

On Friday, the party stumped Chauhan by nominating Suman Chauhan, the wife of his son Pravinsinh Chauhan. Hours after the first list came out, Rangeshwari wrote a scathing Facebook post in Gujarati against her husband Prabhatsinh and stepson Pravinsinh. “Prabhatsinh, if you have ever had your mother’s milk then try and campaign in Kalol, I challenge you!” she wrote.

Speaking to Network 18 after her Facebook post, Rangeshwari said, “Prabhatsinh’s son Pravin is a bootlegger who sells alcohol. Both father and son are known to put undue pressure on innocent people in the area. As far as Suman is concerned, she is a candidate who has been parachuted onto this constituency. She was earlier with the Congress and has joined BJP only recently.”

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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