This BJP Candidate From Gujarat’s Dwarka Has Not Lost In 32 Years

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Gujarat Polls: Pabubha Manek said he won Dwarka in last eight terms.

Dwarka (Gujarat):

The Dwarka Assembly seat should be seen as one of the safest bets for the BJP in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. The reason is Pabubha Manek, an MP who has not lost a single election in the past 32 years. The BJP entrusted Manek, to win the party seat for the third consecutive time.

Pabubha Manek, who has never lost an election since 1990, won the first three elections as an independent (1990, 95, 98), then joined Congress and won the seat in 2002. He later won the 2007, 2012 and 2017 Assembly elections on a BJP ticket.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Manek, claiming the support and affection of all communities in the constituency, said he had been “selected and not elected” for so long.

“I am selected, not elected. I have won the seat of Dwarka in the last eight terms, of which I have been an independent candidate three times, a candidate for Congress once and now for the BJP. I have the affection of all the communities,” he said.

Asked about Aam Aadmi Party’s new challenge in the upcoming polls, in which the party seeks to make inroads in the state, Manek said the party led by Arvind Kejriwal has pledged a series of giveaways in the state, including including free electricity, monthly stipend of Rs 1,000 for all women over 18 etc., would not work in the state as people here believe in “earning a living” .

“There is always a challenge. Gifts do not work in Gujarat. Gujaratis believe in making a living, freebies wouldn’t work here,” he said.

“There is no fighting in all of Gujarat. The reality on the ground is that the BJP will win the seat of Khambhalia,” Manek added when inquiring about the AAP’s chief ministerial candidate, Isudan Gadhvi, who is running from Khambhalia headquarters and is seen as a powerful force against the BJP.

Speaking of the Congress which is also seeking to return to power by taking advantage of issues such as unemployment and the recent Morbi tragedy, Manek said young people don’t want the big old party as they “see their future” in the BJP.

“Young people don’t want Congress. The BJP works for the development of the state, that’s why they want us. They see their future in us,” he said.

Manek said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had almost finished the caste factor in the Assembly elections and the little left would be suppressed after 2024.

“Congress sowed the seeds of casteism when the country was divided on the basis of religion. But PM Modi finished it. But the few remaining castes will be finished after 2024,” he said speaking of caste factor in voting in Saurashtra region.

The BJP MP further gave a clear boost to the state government regarding the Morbi bridge collapse incident which claimed the lives of more than 130 people.

“The Morbi was an accident and the government had no role in it,” he said.

In the 2012 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections, Pabubha Manek of the BJP defeated Ahir Kandoria Mulubhai Ranmalbhai of the Indian National Congress by 5,616 votes. Manek got a total of 73,431 votes while Ahir Markhi got 67,692 votes. Nationalist Congress Party candidate Madame Ranmalbhai Lakhubhai came third with 2,829 votes. The first three parties obtained 48.2%, 44.5% and 1.9% respectively.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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