Isudan Gadhvi was declared as the Aam Admi party’s chief ministerial candidate for the next Gujarat Assembly elections by Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener, Arvind Kejriwal announced the name of Isudan Gadhvi on Friday for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022.
Who is Isudhan Gadhvi
Gadhvi is the national general secretary of the Aam Aadmi Party and a member of its national executive. Born on January 10, 1982, he hails from a farmers’ family in Dwarka district’s Pipaliya village and belongs to the other backward castes, which account for 48 percent of the state’s population.
Gadhvi formerly worked as a TV anchor and journalist. The 40-year-old Gadhvi got as many as 73 percent votes in a poll conducted by the party sources claim. Over 16 lakh people voted to select the CM face.
He joined AAP in June 2021. He is also the National Joint General Secretary of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Before joining the party, he worked as a media professional and was the editor of VTV News, as well as the anchor of a famous news show Mahamanthan at VTV Gujarati. From 2007 to 2011, Gadhvi worked at ETV Gujarati as an on-field journalist in Porbandar
Way back, he reportedly exposed a Rs 150 crore scam of illegal deforestation in Dang and Kaparada talukas of Gujarat on his news show, after which the Gujarat government was forced to take action.
He was declared CM candidate for Gujarat owing to his Gujarati origins and common mandate.
Arvind Kejriwal on AAP Poll
In June 2022, the AAP party dissolved its Gujarat unit and reinvigorated it with a new organizational structure.
On October 29, the AAP leader, Kejriwal had urged people to contact AAP through various social media platforms to give their views about who should be the CM candidate in the state. AAP sources made it clear that about 15 lakh entries were received on the first day and voting for one’s preferred choice of chief minister closed at 5 pm on this Thursday.
Becoming a popular face for AAP in Gujarat, he is pitted against state party unit chief Gopal Italia who played a key role in the Patidar community agitation.
It is reported that Gadhvi expressed his views to the press saying that he was just a soldier of the party and joined the party to work for a large number of people.
The Election Commission commissioner, Rajiv Kumar on Thursday declared the two-phase poll schedule for Gujarat, by which means the first phase will be held on December 1, and the second will be on December 5. The counting of votes for all 182 assembly seats will be done on December 8, along with Himachal Pradesh results.
Being optimistic, AAP famous leader, Kejriwal in a tweet said that the people of Gujarat are ready for a big change.
Meanwhile, the AAP on Thursday announced its ninth list of ten candidates for the Gujarat polls, taking the number of candidates whose names have been announced so far as 118.
The main question that now troubles most of the voters and actors in and outside Gujarat is, whether AAP will displace the Congress as the main opposition or whether AAP will also be able to defeat the ruling state party, or the powerful national force, the BJP, Bhartiya Janata Party.