Firebrand Dalit leader and Vadgam‘s sitting MLA Jignesh Mevani of the Congress birthday celebration was trailing his nearest rival from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering, early traits confirmed.
After four rounds of balloting, Mevani had polled 15,455 votes, trailing BJP‘s Manibhai Vaghela by 3,361 votes. If the pattern persists, it’d be a most necessary setback to the Congress birthday celebration as Mevani has emerged as one its most prominent leaders in the bid after formally joining the birthday celebration earlier this one year.
Mevani had received Vadgam in 2017 as an fair candidate supported by the Congress birthday celebration. His rival, Vaghela, is a turncoat who switched from Congress to BJP after he was denied tag in 2017. He held the Vadgam seat from 2012 to 2017.
Vadgam is a reserved seat for the scheduled castes (SCs), the place aside Muslim voters play a decisive characteristic. Muslim voters, estimated to be spherical 90,000, story for a third of Vadgam’s 2.94-lakh voters. There are about 44,000 dalit voters and 15,000 Rajputs.
The relaxation comprise mostly OBCs. The traits considered in early rounds would possibly well maybe well additionally trade when counting extends to votes solid in Muslim dominated areas, who were considered rallying for Mevani.
Moreover Vaghela, Mevani faced competitors from candidates fielded by the Aam Aadmi Social gathering and AIMIM of Assauddin Owaisi — Dalpat Bhatia and Kalpesh Sundhia respectively.